Chairmans Update – July 2015

Chairman’s update 30/06/15 Dear colleague, As we come into the holiday period I thought I would update you on some of the current and future work that ONI are involved with. Much of the current [...]

Meet our FODO rep at Optrafair!

  Calling all ONI Levy Payers!  Our very own FODO rep, William Stockdale will be at the FODO stand at Optrafair this weekend, so why not call and see him and let him know what you think [...]

CET and GOS Payments

Good News Everyone! David has asked me to let you know that the payments will be made soon to all optometrists for the CET grant and all practices of back payments for GOS for the year 14-15. [...]

Four Nations Update

ONI Chair, David Barnes headed a team of four representatives from ONI, which attended the Four Nations meeting in Glasgow on Thursday.  The Four Nations meet every eighteen months to discuss [...]

Date Set for 2015 AGM!

As part of our ongoing efforts in which we are trying to get in touch with more of our members, ONI have decided to try something different for the AGM next year. Our AGM next year will take [...]

COSI Glaucoma Posts

The applications for the above posts have been processed and interviews have taken place.  A high number of high quality applications have been received from Community Optometrists.  It is [...]

Next ONI Council Meeting

The next meeting of ONI Council will take place on Monday 8 September 2014.  Items which will be discussed will include Glaucoma Referral Refinement Update, Healthcare Numbers, Electronic [...]

Northern Ireland IPs get NHS pads

  The first group of Independent Prescriber (IP) optometrists in Northern Ireland have started to receive their NHS prescription pads from the Northern Ireland Health Board. Among the first to [...]

Sight Test Survey 2014

Thank you to all the optometrists, who completed and returned the 2014 Sight Test and Ophthalmic Public Health Survey. The return rate for the 2014 Northern Ireland Sight Test and Ophthalmic [...]

Voucher Values

Dear colleagues Just a quick note to say that Optometry NI has agreed to a 2% increase in GOS vouchers from 1st April 2014. Optometry in England, Wales, and Scotland have also agreed to this [...]

Chairman Update March 2014

For the foreseeable future the main focus will be on the delivery of the “Developing Eye Care Partnerships” strategy which covers all aspects of eye care services in Northern Ireland. Optometry [...]

Electronic Referral Pilot Scheme

A pilot scheme on electronic referral was carried out for 10 weeks in the Southern Health Trust Area in May/June/July.  A total of ten practices participated having been selected at random, to [...]

Community Acute Eye Service

In December, Helen Knox, David Barnes, Andrew Petticrew and Sara Ball went to Stormont.  They presented a proposal to the Health Committee which included plans to include and use the community [...]