Minutes of ONI AGM 2019

The Annual General Meeting of Optometry Northern Ireland took place in the Stormont Hotel on Wednesday 29 May 2019. Please click on following link for copy of Minutes Annual General Meeting 2019 [...]

NIECR Training

It is great to see that so many of our members are now set up to view Northern Ireland Electronic Care Record (NIECR).  Following Practice training delivered last year, ONI would like to draw [...]

Local Enhanced Services – Glaucoma

LOCAL ENHANCED SERVICES: Glaucoma Care Pathway  In March 2018 the health and Social Care Board issued a Glaucoma Care Pathway update to all GOS contractor practices, and individual optometrists [...]

AGM Minutes and News

On Monday 22 May Dr Karen Breslin (Chair) opened the Annual General Meeting of Optometry Northern Ireland at the Stormont Hotel, Belfast.  Following her welcome, she delivered her [...]

CCG Training – places still available

HSCB training sessions for CCG eReferral for Optometry will take place on: Tuesday 16th May 9.30am – 11.am and 11.30am – 1.00pm Monday 22nd May 1.30pm – 3.00pm and 3.30pm to 5.00pm There is [...]

Macular Form

  Currently 80% of macular referrals sent to electronic triage are false positives. ONI encourage practitioners to use the macular form to help triage.

Dry Eye Formulary Advice

Developing Eyecare Partnerships (DEP) Task Group 4 have recently completed a piece of work to develop a chapter for the Northern Ireland Formulary on Dry Eye preparations and information in [...]

QA – Thank You!

  Thank you to everyone who completed and returned their QA return.  The high response rate gives a clear picture of any trends in this area, in practices throughout Northern Ireland. Thank [...]

Optometry Handbook issued to Practices

Look out for your new Optometry Handbook which is currently being issued to all practices.  A wealth of useful information, in easy to access format – it is envisaged that this will be used [...]

Coming Soon – Three COSI posts

An advertisement will appear shortly for three new glaucoma COSI positions to work at The Shankill Health and Wellbeing Centre. There will be 2 sessions (ie one full day) per position. Applicants [...]

Smoking Cessation – Free Event

Smokers are four times more likely to suffer sight loss as a result of macular degeneration. There will be an hour long session on Monday 20th June on Brief Intervention Training on Smoking [...]

Freeze in Sight Test Fees (15-16)

ONI has received a letter from the DHSSPS stating that the anticipated 1% increase in sight-test fee, domiciliary visiting fee and training and education allowances granted in England for 15-16 [...]

ONI Inc.

As you may be aware, we have various pilot schemes happening at the moment.  Our glaucoma referral refinement scheme is up and running, and results are very promising with a large proportion of [...]

It could be you!

Just a thought.  This year at our AGM, we will be electing new members to our ONI Council.  The Council is made up of 7 posts (who represent the NIOS, AOP, College, Universities, Hospital [...]

Why have an HSC Email Address?

A letter went out to 265 contractors on 30 October asking if they would be interested in having an HSC Email address.  Optometrists are the first group of allied health professionals to be given [...]

NEHW 2015 in Numbers

Huge thank you and well done to all members who gave time, resources and other support to NEHW 2015. In numbers: National newspapers 322,073 readers & local newspapers 108,996 = 431,069 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]