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Meeting of minds

From hospital optometry to the charity sector, change is afoot – but is it for the good?

20 Oct 2016 by John White

This week OT  has been talking all things ‘innovative’ as we prepare the November edition for launch.

From an interview with researcher par excellence, Robert MacLaren, to the launch of the AOP’s Product of the Year award, anyone who thought optics is slow-moving needs to think again.

One hotbed of discussion and debate is the Hospital Optometrists Annual Conference. Held in Stratford-upon-Avon earlier this month, OT was on hand to hear opinion leaders share their research and reflect on the future of optometry in the hospital setting.

I was struck by Dr Maggie Woodhouse’s comments on ‘Ret’ – a valuable skill she says that optometrists must not lose with the rise of autorefraction.

One charity that has led on its fair share of innovation is the RNIB. After being at the helm for 12 years, chief executive Leslie Alexander stepped down this summer – if you missed OT’s ‘exit’ interview feature, catch it here.

OT will be catching up with the RNIB’s acting chief executive, Sally Harvey later in the year. One rumour that I heard mooted on Radio 4’s excellent In touch was a potential merger of the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association (GDBA) with the RNIB.

In an interview with the programme’s host, Peter White, the GDBA’s chief executive, Richard Leaman, was, I noted, very careful to neither rule this eventuality in or out – taking the opportunity instead to highlight the synergies between the charities’ work and the intention to collaborate more in the future.  

If you have a question that you’d like OT to ask Ms Harvey please do get in touch...

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