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Scotland - GOS Mandatory Training for Optometrists.
DOCET launches Young Eye CET programme
American Academy of Optometry Makes Donation in Honour of 2018 Brien Holden Humanitarian Award
2018 American Academy of Optometry Resident Travel Fellowship Recipients Announced
GOC appoints Dr Subo Shanmuganathan as Interim Director of Education
Optometry Scotland Roadshows announced
VAO publishes Annual Report ahead of World Sight Day on October 11th 2018
Changes to GOS 4 claims
Domiciliary visits – new online pre-notification system
Keeping abreast of assistive technologies for those with Sight Loss
The last 3 months news


Scotland - GOS Mandatory Training for Optometrists.

October 2018

Optometrists in Scotland have been sent information about the arrangements for new annual mandatory training for optometrists for the first year (October 2018 – December 2019), which is part of the recently announced GOS reforms in Scotland.

The mandatory training should take approximately 1 hour to complete and will attract 1 CET point.

You can access all the essential information here: GOS Mandatory Training. please contact the Turas helpdesk if you are likely to have problems completing the training before December 2019.

DOCET launches Young Eye CET programme

October 2018

Following its Ageing Eye series, DOCET has launched a series for optometrists on the young eye, with a four-part course on Embryology. The course follows a foetus from conception to birth, focusing on the development of the eye.

The series examines the role of genetics in eye disease as well as the issues that can arise at each developmental stage, each part provides one non-interactive CET point.

American Academy of Optometry Makes Donation in Honour of 2018 Brien Holden Humanitarian Award

October 2018

The American Academy of Optometry is pleased to announce a $5,000 donation has been made to Fuji Vision Aid Mission in honor of Akio Kanai, OD, the 2018 recipient of the Brien Holden Humanitarian Award. The funds will be used to help provide patient care to overseas refugees. Dr. Kanai will be recognized at the Academy 2018 San Antonio Awards Ceremony on Friday, November 9, 2018.

The Brien Holden Humanitarian Award honors the memory and work of Professor Brien Holden, PhD, DSc, FAAO. This award recognizes an individual or organization who has made significant contributions to improve eye care within a country or region. In particular, the award acknowledges humanitarian efforts in the non-profit sector that build or support the development of sustainable eye care systems in developing communities. The Academy annually makes a $5,000 donation to the charity or cause of the awardee’s choice.

“I am deeply honored to receive this prestigious award. I am very grateful to the Brien Holden Vision Institute and all the members of the awards committee for recognizing the value in what I have done in my optometric career. Just like the late Dr. Holden, a passion for caring the vulnerable has led me to where I am today. Improving vision of refugees brings their future in better focus, a little bit brighter. I hope that I keep working to help others for the rest of my life.,” said Dr. Kanai.

Dr. Kanai was recognized for this award due to his tireless and sustained contributions in partnership with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Since 1984, Dr. Kanai has been active in advocacy for access to eye care and in providing direct care to over 100,000 refugees in difficult and hazardous environments including Thailand, Nepal, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and most recently, to the displaced Rohingya.

The Brien Holden Humanitarian Award, established by the Brien Holden Vision Institute and Holden family estate, will be awarded annually. Nominations for 2019 should include two letters of nomination from Academy Fellows and a CV of the nominee. Nominations are due by April 1, 2019 to HelenV@aaoptom.org.

2018 American Academy of Optometry Resident Travel Fellowship Recipients Announced

October 2018

The AAO congratulates the recipients of the 2018 Resident Travel Fellowship Awards.

These travel fellowships will allow residents to attend Academy 2018 San Antonio, November 7-10, 2018.

Allergan Resident Travel Fellowships

Ayah Ahamed, OD, MS, State University of New York
Saad Ahmed, OD, New England College of Optometry
Brittney Brady, OD, Illinois College of Optometry
Margaret Brucker, OD, The Ohio State University
Diana Chen, OD, University of Houston
Alise Chin, OD, Pacific University
Marc Deeley, OD, New England College of Optometry
Carolyn Draude, OD, Southern College of Optometry
Alyssa Drew, OD, Ferris State University
Elizabeth Fahy, OD, The Ohio State University
Adriana Ferreira, OD, University of Missouri at St. Louis
Micaela Gobeille, OD, MS, State University of New York
Alice Grasso, OD, Salus University
Alicia Hanley, OD, New England College of Optometry
Kathryn Hohs, OD, Illinois College of Optometry
Tatjana Karovic, OD, Illinois College of Optometry
Ryan Kern, OD, Salus University
Paula Kutzner, OD, MEd, Marshall B. Ketchum University
Alice Lim, OD, Salus University
Alexandra Literski, OD, Illinois College of Optometry
Megan Lopez, OD, New England College of Optometry
Margaret Moore, OD, New England College of Optometry
Katherine Nelson, OD, Illinois College of Optometry
Jennifer Nguyen, OD, MS, State University of New York
Maria Paradis, OD, Southern College of Optometry
Caitlyn Reynolds, OD, The Ohio State University
Shelby Rogers, OD, Illinois College of Optometry
Jasmine Roth, OD, New England College of Optometry
Andrew Sahawneh, OD, Marshall B. Ketchum University
Aaron Salzano, OD, Marshall B. Ketchum University
Sarah Sandhaus, OD, University of California, Berkeley
Kelly Seidler, OD, Salus University
Jenna Stoddard, OD, Salus University
Jenna Sullivan, OD, Illinois College of Optometry
Stephanie Uchida, OD, Northeastern State University
Heather Van Law, OD, MS, University of California, Berkeley
Amy Vinogradov, OD, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Courtney Ward, OD, Southern College of Optometry
Kendra Weiler, OD, MS, Pacific University
Lauren Yoon, OD, Ferris State University

Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies Resident Travel Fellowships
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Nikita Aneja, OD, New England College of Optometry
Tristan Barrueco, OD, State University of New York
Manveen Bedi, OD, Illinois College of Optometry
Jonathan Chen, OD, University of Houston
Emily Cheng, OD, State University of New York
Rebecca Chung, OD, Pacific University
Marie-Michele Dupuis, OD, University of Montreal
Andrew Fischer, OD, Indiana University
Michael Franzone, OD, MPH, MCPHS
Madeleine Hacker, OD, Ferris State University
Taylor Harris, OD, Illinois College of Optometry
Swati Kumar, OD, New England College of Optometry
Samantha Myers, OD, Salus University
Vakishan Nadarajah, OD, Illinois College of Optometry
Marcus Noyes, OD, University of Houston
Jocelyn Ou, OD, State University of New York
Sergiu Picioreanu, OD, University of Waterloo
Alexandre Poirier-Lavallee, OD, University of Montreal
Kellen Riccobono, OD, University of Houston
Laurel Roberts, OD, Southern College of Optometry
Felicia Satrio, OD, University of Houston
Lenna Walker, OD, MS, New England College of Optometry
Jessica Walter, OD, Salus University
Lily Wang, OD, University of California Berkeley
Kimberly Weisenberger, OD, The Ohio State University
Alexa Westerbeck, OD, University of California Berkeley
Bryan Williams, OD, University of Houston
Danica Yang, OD, State University of New York
Evelyn Zhang, OD, University of Waterloo
Katherine Zhang, OD, University of Houston

American Academy of Optometry Florida Chapter Resident Travel Fellowships

Brian Roberts, OD, NOVA Southeastern University
Kiri J. Rutledge, OD, William V. Chappell, Jr. VA Outpatient Clinic
Ryan Nguyen, OD, NOVA Southeastern University
Samantha Fernandez, OD, Miami VA Medical Center

Recipients will be recognized at the Student and Resident Awards Lunch on Thursday, November 8 from Noon to 1 PM in Stars at Night Ballroom B2 in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Cornea, Contact Lens and Refractive Technologies Resident Travel Fellowships will be presented at the CooperVision booth #1635 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM in the exhibit hall.

GOC appoints Dr Subo Shanmuganathan as Interim Director of Education

October 2018

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today announced that Dr Subo Shanmuganathan has joined as its Interim Director of Education.

Subo began her role at the GOC today and will be in place for the next nine months.

Subo has extensive experience as a director in various roles throughout the charity and university sectors. Her previous roles include Director of Education, Policy and Research at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Director of Skills Development at Relate UK.

Dr Subo Shanmuganathan said, “The Education Strategic Review and CET Review are both vital as the GOC makes sure the optical workforce is fit for the future in a fast-changing landscape. I look forward to working with the GOC’s staff, Council and stakeholders to make both projects a success and ensure that the education of optometrists and dispensing opticians keeps patients safe as new technology develops and practitioners’ scopes of practice change.”

Lesley Longstone, GOC Interim Chief Executive and Registrar, said, “I am pleased to welcome Subo to our team and I am confident that she will bring the experience and expertise we need to continue our work in modernising optical education through our Education Strategic Review and CET Review.”

Optometry Scotland Roadshows announced

October 2018

Optometry Scotland will be running five roadshows with Practitioner Services Division (PSD) of NHS Scotland over the autumn.

The roadshows will cover ePayments and all things electronic and the new GOS Regulations, as well as the OS FAQs relating to this and will take place from 6pm to 9.30pm.

The dates and locations are as follows:

• Aberdeen 31st October – Altons Hotel
• Inverness 5th November – Venue to be confirmed
• Glasgow 13th November – Hilton Bothwell Street
• Edinburgh 19th November – Hilton Grosvenor
• Stirling 26th November – Stirling Court

VAO publishes Annual Report ahead of World Sight Day on October 11th 2018

October 2018

The VAO has published a report on a very succesful year. You can view the report by clicking here.

Make double the difference this World Sight Day - 11th October 2018

This World Sight Day, Freedom Destinations - one of the UK's largest independent holiday companies, will be doubling every donation up to the first £5,000 raised as part of our Big World Sight Day Lunch. If you would like to make double the difference this World Sight Day, why not find out more by clicking here.

FODO announce that they will be supporting WSD activities, both independently and as part of the European Coalition for Vision (ECV).

David Hewlett, in his capacity as Chair of the ECV, will be attending a joint event between the ECV, MedTech Europe and the European Council of Optometry and Optics (ECOO) to promote the importance of good vision and eye health.

Why not tweet your support for World Sight Day. The International Association for the Prevention of Blindness has published a variety of resources that people can use to support and promote WSD, which you can find here.

Changes to GOS 4 claims

October 2018

NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) have been asked by NHS England to run a national pilot for the pre-authorisation of adult GOS 4 vouchers. It is expected that this pilot will begin in November 2018.

Under the new system, when a patient asks for repair or replacement the GOS contractor will ring NHSBSA to explain the circumstances of the request. This will be checked against a standardised list of conditions (and escalated to a clinical advisor if the circumstances are not covered by the list If the request is approved the contractor will be issued with a unique code, which can then be added to the GOS 4 form before submitting to PCSE for payment. Any claims that have been submitted inappropriately (i.e. with missing or incorrect codes) will be recovered via the PPV process.

NHS England will provide a full briefing paper, once the date of go-live has been confirmed. They have confirmed that all GOS 4 claims for adults will need to be submitted in this way for the duration of the pilot.

Domiciliary visits – new online pre-notification system

Ocvtober 2018

Last week the PCSE announced that as part of their ongoing commitment to create national, consistent services for all their users they have introduced an online form for the pre-visit notification of domiciliary visits.

The new online form can be accessed via the link below and provides an easy way to enter and submit all the information required in a Pre-Visit Notification (PVN).

To complete the form, contractors will need to provide the following details:

Contractor details (name, email, address, phone number)
Organisation name
PCT code (this should be the same code that appears on the associated GOS6 claim)
Contractor Code

Please note: The PCT code and Contractor Codes can be found in the two boxes in the top right corner of your GOS submission headers e.g. 5C5 121

Date of visit

Address of where the visit will take place, including the post code and the type of premises

Name of the patient(s) – please note this detail must be the same as on the GOS 6 otherwise it can’t be matched

ODS code (also known as TP code) – if you do not know the ODS code for your practice you should contact the Exeter Helpdesk on 0300 3034 034 or E-mail: helpdesk@nhs.net

The new online form, and a number of FAQs can be accessed here.

Keeping abreast of assistive technologies for those with Sight Loss.

October 2018

In a piece written by Visualise Training who are providing the Beyond Seeing Seminars around the UK for Opticians they highlight some simple facts and tips for Optical Practice Teams led by Optometrists and their staff to show patients with needs what is now available in assistive technologies.

We will repeat this and other helpful articles in our clinical briefing section so that the information is archived for continued reference.

Assistive Technology

Accessibility Keyboad
As an optometrist or optician, your responsibilities to your patients begin and end with preventing or ameliorating loss of vision, don’t they?

Actually, I don’t believe they do. For a large number of people in the UK, sight loss will become a fact of life. Don’t you, as an eye care professional, also have a responsibility to this group of patients? Shouldn’t you be able to advise them on other ways of ‘seeing’ that can help them to maintain independent, fulfilled lives connected to their communities? It’s not all about optical magnification there is so much more now in the 21st century.

The developing role of assistive technologies

The recent growth in assistive technologies for people with visual impairments has been exponential. Technological advances have presented visually impaired people with formerly unimagined opportunities to retain their independence. The very pace of this change has inevitably created its own issues, and it remains a constant challenge to keep abreast of new developments, but it is a challenge that surely all eye care professionals have a responsibility to rise to if they are to provide their patients with the very best care.

In this article I have chosen to highlight just a few of the assistive technology advances that have allowed visually impaired people to make huge strides towards independent living.
Digital accessibility tools

The digital age revolutionised pretty much everything for everyone, including people with low vision and, nowadays, digital tools are increasingly being designed with visual impairment in mind. These tools not only offer bespoke magnification and text presentation options on every kind of screen, from iPhone, tablet to laptop and desktop, but also include ‘read text out loud’ functions.

If you feel like doing some research of your own, check out Eye-Pal, Henshaws and OpenBook.

Out and about

There have been huge advances in navigational technology over the last decade, and many of these Apps now have blind-aware adaptions for people with restricted vision.

Check out The Seeing Eye GPS App, Soundscape and Nearby Explorer, which both announce locations and junction approaches.

Applying everyday technologies

Technologies used by the wider community can also have hugely positive impacts on the lives of people with restricted vision. Lifestyle gadgets such as Alexa, which provide remote access to technology via voice command, are incredibly useful tools for people with visual disabilities. Digital apps such as Uber also offer enormous mobility benefits for visually impaired people who are no longer able to drive.

The assistive technology frontier

Certain assistive technologies are necessarily designed with the specific needs of visually impaired people in mind. Often, this specificity means that the developing technology remains more expensive for longer, but some of the most exciting advances in assistive technology, such as Orcam, Oxsight and smart-cane technology for example, have already become readily affordable.

Orcam, an assistive technology device specifically designed for use by people with visual impairments, has functions including an ability to read text out aloud and identify in-store products, and it also incorporates exciting facial recognition software.

Smart-cane technology has already successfully overcome many of the impediments associated with traditional probing canes, which are great for identifying curbs and large obstacles but often miss items suspended from above. The smart-cane device, attached to a traditional white cane, works by emitting vibrations when it detects obstacles of any kind in front of the user, at whatever height, alerting him or her to their presence.

What will the future hold?

No doubt, as technological progress continues, exciting new assistive technologies will continue to be developed; this may well end up improving upon, and replacing, many of the cutting-edge aids detailed in this article.

As opticians and optometrists, I passionately believe that you have a responsibility to keep yourself informed of these developments, so that you are able to provide your patients with the most up to date advice on the very best assistive technology available.

Assistive technology changes lives for the better, and you are in the unique and privileged position to be able to drive that change.

To join us on our mission to improve the lives of people with low vision, book on one of our Seeing Beyond the Eyes CET workshops here

Read more articles from Dan Williams in our Clinical Briefings.

Including:

From a selection written by Visualise Training & Consultancy:

Cuts to low vision services: savage and short-term

Supporting low vision patients who can no longer drive

My Guide Dog in his Shining Armour; Barking Mad


 
 
 
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