The Association of British Dispensing Optician’s England Regional Team met at the National Resource Centre on Tuesday 7th May.
Along with members of the ABDO Board and staff, the Regional Leads for England were accompanied by Local Leads to discuss on-going and future activity within NHS England relating to eyecare services. Key stakeholders including NHS England, PCSE, LOCSU, SGHD and the General Optical Council presented in the afternoon session which was well received by the group.
Commenting on the meeting, ABDO Deputy Chief Executive Barry Duncan said, ’Since the formation of the ABDO Regions much progress has been made to promote and enhance the role of dispensing opticians. However further effort and commitment from all those involved is necessary to take us to the level we wish to be at. Having so many committed members willing to offer their time to ensure we reach the next level is truly fantastic and much appreciated. It is testament to their professionalism and passion for being a dispensing optician that we have made the steps we have in such a short space of time’.
He went on to say, ‘We are extremely grateful to all those who presented in the afternoon session, providing in depth informative presentations. We hope that we can build relationships with all parties and will do everything we can to ensure dispensing opticians are integral to activity moving forward.”