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First impressions count

Optical support staff are more important than ever in creating the correct impression for a practice. The SMC gives details of its updated Level 2 course in Optical Practice Support

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The gold standard

How can optics attract the technicians, laboratory supervisors and managers of the future? Here, the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers (SMC) explains the benefits of its SMC Tech qualifications

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Optometrist subject 2 - Professional conduct

We continue our look at GOC core competencies by addressing the second of the core subjects which relates to professional conduct. As can be seen from the list below, the categories relating to optometry are quite broad and less specific than those for the second core subject for dispensing opticians as will be seen next week

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Cardiff's tribute to Professor Drasdo

Cardiff School of Optometry and Vision Sciences hosted a festschrift last month to celebrate and honour the achievements of a highly respected member of the research community. Cameron Hudson reports

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Taking the first steps

optician talks to David Walker, chairman of the SMC Training Committee, about the launch of its Level 2 Certificate in Optical Production Processes

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Preparing for tomorrow

As it gears up for the introduction of statutory CET, the profession is faced with selecting from among the wide range of CET opportunities available. This year, the College's annual conference, Optometry Tomorrow 2005, has been designed to optimise the number of credits available, explains Rich Gott

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The specialist optometrist

Professor Ram Dhillon and consultant ophthalmologists Christopher Bentley and Philip Bloom outline a new training opportunity addressing the future demand for specialised optoms

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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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Glasgow from A-Z

Now that compulsory CET is making its presence felt in optometric practices all over the UK, it is perhaps unsurprising that over 450 delegates escaped the January chill to hide away in Glasgow's Marriott hotel.

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Time to take stock

Bryony Pawinska provides an interim evaluation of the new pre-registration period six months into the pilot scheme

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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 comminication skills for accurate history and symptoms taking

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Material differences

Alison Ewbank, Anna Sulley and Nick Atkins report on some of the highlights of this year's BCLA conference and exhibition.

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Handling the changes

The Section 60 changes to contact lens retailing have left many practitioners confused and angry. Chris Bennett asks CIBA Vision managing director Howard Barnes for his take on the amendments

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Cardiff's tribute to Professor Drasdo

Cardiff School of Optometry and Vision Sciences hosted a festschrift last month to celebrate and honour the achievements of a highly respected member of the research community. Cameron Hudson reports