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Optometry Scotland to host educational roadshow

Events aim to help practitioners understand the changes to delivering eye care in Scotland, including amendments to General Ophthalmic Services

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Optometry Scotland will host a series of roadshows to help inform and educate practitioners about the new regulatory changes that came into force in the country on 1 October.

The free-to-attend roadshows will be held in Aberdeen, Inverness, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Stirling from 31 October to 26 November.

Designed to support optometrists and practices delivering General Ophthalmic Services (GOS) in Scotland, the events aims to increase understanding of key features of delivering eye care in Scotland such as, the implementation of the Community Eyecare Services Review; amendments to the 2006 GOS regulations; changes that are applicable to primary and supplementary eye examinations; and payment verification arrangements for 2018–19.

The events also aim to raise awareness of the current developments for practitioner services, including the introduction of eOphthalmic and eSchedules.

Speaking about the roadshows, chair of Optometry Scotland, Samantha Watson, said: “It’s vital that ophthalmic teams are well supported in the effective delivery of GOS, including a strong understanding of fresh amendments to the original 2006 regulations, payment verification arrangements, eOpthalmic, and more. Optometry Scotland is keen to ensure that the revised GOS Statement meets its aim of allowing for greater professional judgement when carrying out eye examinations and delivering a more needs-led, patient-centred approach to GOS.

“Our five nationwide events will raise awareness and enhance understanding, while also providing bespoke information to individual practices.”

The roadshows are free to attend, but spaces are limited. To book your place, click here