Optical sector granted new use of the NHS logo

12 December 2014

The Optical Confederation and ONFC are pleased to announce that optometrists, opticians and optical businesses offering NHS services may now use the NHS logo with immediate effect.

This development comes following discussion throughout 2014 between the Optometric Fees Negotiating Committee (OFNC), NHS England and the Department of Health. 

Community optics can now join with other primary care colleagues – including pharmacists, dentists and community audiologists – in being able to display the NHS logo on practice fronts and in certain communications. 

The Optical Confederation has worked with NHS England to develop guidance for practitioners about the correct use of the logo. This will be available on NHS England’s website shortly. 

Optical Confederation Chair Chris Hunt said: “As the main providers of primary eye care in the UK it is only right that community optical practices and practitioners are recognised for the work they do on the front line of NHS care. I am delighted that NHS England and the Department of Health have acknowledged this. More importantly, this move will help people who need eye care to understand that community optical practices are part of the NHS. This is a great victory for joint working across optics and a good omen for our expanding role in delivering more NHS services in the community.” 

Mike George, Chair of the ONFC, said: “It has been a real group effort across optics to get this dispensation to use the NHS logo. We also thank our colleagues from pharmacy, and the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC), for allowing us to draw heavily on their guidance. Many in optics have felt we should have been allowed the use of the logo for some time but it is one thing saying this and quite another achieving this change.” 

ENDS 

Notes to editors

  1. Information about the use of the NHS logo and brand guidelines is available at http://www.nhsidentity.nhs.uk. This site will be updated in the coming days to include the new guidance for the optical sector.
  2. The Optical Confederation is a coalition of the five optical representative bodies: the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO); the Association of Contact Lens Manufacturers (ACLM); the Association of Optometrists (AOP); the Federation of Manufacturing Opticians (FMO) and the Federation of Opticians (FODO). As a Confederation, we work with others to improve eye health for the public good. See http://www.opticalconfederation.org.uk
  3. The Optometric Fees Negotiating Committee (OFNC) is the recognised negotiating body for General Ophthalmic Service (GOS) fees and grants for community optometry. Its members include the Association of British Dispensing Opticians, the Association of Optometrists, the British Medical Association and the Federation of Opticians. See http://www.opticalconfederation.org.uk/resources/ofnc

 

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