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AIO hosts annual conference in Manchester

AIO Conference

More than 100 practitioners attended the Association of Independent Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians’ (AIO) annual conference, which was held in Manchester last week (14–15 October).

Held in Manchester’s Pendulum Hotel and Conference Centre, the event featured a series of lectures and workshops, with 38 CET points available across the two days.

Speakers included the interim chief executive at the General Optical Council, Lesley Longstone, chief executive of the College of Optometrists, Ian Humphreys, and past president of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians, Fiona Anderson.

A session by optometrist and clinical lead for SeeAbility, Lisa Donaldson, explored new pathways for people with learning disabilities and was supported by Dental and Optical Services Commissioning’s Richard Everitt.

Speaking about the event, AIO chairman, Christian French (pictured), said: “Our annual conference goes from strength to strength and by moving to a different location each year, we reach out to a new audience every time.”

“It is a wonderful opportunity for the independent sector to come together and celebrate the virtues of independent practice,” he added.

The 2019 AIO conference will take place in Bristol on 5–6 October.