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Running a successful optical practice - Part 8

Rightly or wrongly, the fact is that 'money makes the world go round' and your ability to manage the financial side of your practice is critical to its ongoing success or its eventual demise. Richard Peck discusses financial management

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Positive signs

August benchmarks are negative compared to last year but the general decline does appear to be slowing

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Practice re-engineering Some initial considerations

In the first of two articles, Professor Nizar K Hirji describes the potential for optometry to move towards fully electronic data access, storage and transfer and argues that the introduction of a web-based practice management system is just a matter of time with many inherent advantages

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Winning spirit

In April, Mike Protopsaltis won optician's Franchisee of the Year award. Emma White visited his Dollond & Aitchison practice in Wandsworth, London to discuss winning, running a franchise and meeting famous customers

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Running a successful optical practice

Dr Ian Moss examines the factors that must be considered when deciding on a pricing strategy and achieving a balance between charges for products and professional fees

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What plan are you on?

Independents are repeatedly being told to charge more realistic professional fees instead of lumping high margins on the products they sell.

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Multiple pathways

In an article allied to our ongoing series on the eye care pathways, Dr Kamlesh Chauhan and Dr Rob Hogan describe a view from the perspective of a major high street multiple

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The Direct challenge

Last summer a rare thing happened to the optical profession. An outsider came along and told it that the way it sold glasses was wrong. What's more the popular media agreed. James Murray Wells tells Rob Moss why his company Glasses Direct is here to stay

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Striving for influence

Bob Hughes, AOP chief executive designate, tells David Challinor it is the time for the profession to extend its clout within the Health Service

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Core subject 1 - Communication skills

We continue our weekly look at the GOC core competencies by expanding our argument over the significance of good communication skills for accurate history and symptoms taking

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Hints of an upturn?

Negative trends in dispensing, reflection-free coatings and new contact lens fits show signs of levelling out

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Crossing the border

Paul Ernest and his wife, Nikki, opened their practice three years ago in the county town of Monmouth on the Welsh borders.