Season’s greetings from the NRC

I’m writing this as a vaccine programme is starting to roll out across the UK. It is great to end 2020 on a hopeful note, and start 2021 looking forward to the resumption of many of the activities we have missed over the last nine months.

As I write, the NRC is in tier 3, which still allows for education, training and essential meetings. I am proud of the team at the NRC: Molly and Rebecca have done a great job in ensuring examinations and essential meetings have continued throughout this period. They have embraced the NRC’s new hygiene and cleaning protocols and helped all our visitors stay safe.

Over the last few months we have seen many events take place in a safe way and had positive feedback from attendees. Examinations can be stressful at the best of times and we have done our best to make the NRC a safe and calm environment for people taking Association of British Dispensing Opticians theory exams, and ophthalmic dispensing and contact lens practical exams. We have also seen a successful extended services day with a group of contact lens opticians extending their skills to allow them to take part in minor eye condition services and Covid-19 urgent and emergency schemes.

If you are planning ahead for 2021, we will ensure all visitors to the NRC are confident that the meetings will take place in a Covid-secure environment. Just to remind you, we have infection prevention and control measures in place with screens at reception and available for other rooms too. We offer appropriate PPE for all attending meetings, along with distanced customised setups and track and trace. Even our catering has been adapted to ensure your meals and refreshments are in individual portions, wrapped for hygiene while maximising the use of recyclable materials. These measures will continue for as long as they are needed.

We are very much looking forward to 2021. As the tier restrictions lessen we can increase capacity as per government guidance, giving you increased scope for your events.  And don’t forget we have free parking allowing you to come straight from home to your meeting with ease.

So, all that is left for me to do is to send you Season’s Greetings from the NRC, with many good wishes for 2021. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Mat Stringer

Operations Manager, NRC