ABDO membership benefits and services 2018 - A guide for ABDO members - Association of British Dispensing Opticians

 
ABDO membership benefits and services 2018 - A guide for ABDO members - Association of British Dispensing Opticians
ABDO membership benefits and services 2018
             A guide for ABDO members

Association of British Dispensing Opticians
ABDO membership benefits and services 2018 - A guide for ABDO members - Association of British Dispensing Opticians
ABDO membership benefits and services

In addition to its many varied and extensive range of            Our aim is to provide ABDO members with value for money
activities ABDO also seeks to offer its members a                and indeed your annual subscription fee can easily be
comprehensive range of benefits and services that can            subsidised by the savings that are on offer and available
assist them in both their personal and business lives.           to you.

In Section 1 you will find a comprehensive range of lifestyle    We trust that you will find this information useful and as always
and business services benefits available online via the          I would welcome your feedback regarding any of these or
ABDO website; these are managed on the Association’s             any additional benefits that you would like us to provide.
behalf by Parliament Hill.
                                                                 We urge you to take full advantage of what’s on offer!
Section 2 of the brochure features a wide range of
additional benefits, many of which have proved useful and        Katie Docker
popular with members over many years.                            Head of Membership Services

The purpose of this brochure therefore is to briefly highlight
the complete range of benefits provided as part of your
ABDO membership and to recommend a number of
high quality legal and financial services, together with
independent financial advice, that are available to you
at preferential rates.

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Section 1. Benefits available online

To find out more about the benefits listed in Section 1
of this brochure visit the ABDO website.

These benefits are managed on behalf of ABDO by
Parliament Hill Ltd of 3rd Floor, 127 Cheapside, London EC2V
6BT. ABDO is an Introducer Appointed Representative of
Parliament Hill Ltd who are authorised and regulated by the
Financial Conduct Authority for non-investment insurance
mediation only, under registration number 308448. Details
can be checked on the Financial Services register by visiting
the FCA website.

Terms and conditions apply to all benefits. See ABDO membership
benefits website for further details. All details correct at time of print.

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Lifestyle benefits

Apple                                                       Cinema Vouchers                              Cricket Club Membership
Great savings on a wide range                               Save up to 40% on cinema                     Less than half price*
of Apple products*                                          admissions*
                                                                                                         Enjoy a summer of cricket at Lord’s
10% off Beats by Dre                                        Purchase vouchers that can be used at        Cricket Ground for less than half price!
10% off Apple Branded Accessories                           participating cinemas including major        For just £100, reduced from £265, join as
10% off AppleCare for Mac                                   chains, at discounted rates. Better still,   a member of Middlesex County Cricket
10% off Selected 3rd Party Products
(Inc. Bose, LG Displays, HP Printers, OSMO & Philips Hue)
                                                            these vouchers are valid for a minimum of    Club and watch every Middlesex match
10% off Selected 3rd Party Boxed Software                   six months, so order your vouchers now so    for free, sit in the Lord’s Pavilion and Long
(Inc. Microsoft Office for Mac, FileMaker Pro)              you have them for the next time you are      Room and get priority access to Lord’s
10% off Selected 3rd Party Charging devices                 at the cinema.                               international tickets.
(Inc. Belkin and Mophie)
6% off MacBook/MacBook Air/MacBook Pro
6% off iMac/Mac mini/Mac Pro
6% off Pre-installed Final Cut Pro X
(on MacBook Pro, iMac and Mac Pro)
6% off Pre-installed Logic Pro X
(on MacBook Pro, iMac and Mac Pro)
5% off iPod + FREE engraving
           2% off Apple TV & Apple TV 4K
           2% off iPad + FREE engraving
           2% off iPhone
           2% off Apple Watch

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Fabyouless Card                                Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
90 Days membership for only £1.99*             Exclusive New Car Savings*

Get 25% or 2 for 1 savings every time you      The Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA)
use it at thousands of venues nationwide       Affinity Scheme provides ABDO Members
including hair and beauty salons, spas,        exclusive savings on their range of new
clinics, nail and lash bars, tanning salons,   cars. Exceptional promotions are now
gyms plus personal trainers as well as with    available on new Fiat, Alfa Romeo,
mobile therapists. From local                  Abarth and Jeep cars, and Fiat vans.
independents to national chains – we’ve
                                               FCA offer an extensive choice of models
got the country covered.
                                               to suit individual requirements and
Treat yourself today to 90 days of 'WOW!'      budget. This includes the iconic Fiat 500,
and save yourself at least £100!               the sporty Alfa Romeo Giulietta and the
                                               Jeep Grand Cherokee, their luxury SUV.
                                               The FCA Affinity Scheme provides
                                               substantial savings which are revised on a
                                               regular basis and include a range of
                                               finance options.
                                                                                            Access further details and additional
                                                                                            benefits online via the ABDO website.
                                                                                            * Notes applicable to benefits can be found on the
                                                                                             ‘Terms and conditions’ page of this brochure.

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Lifestyle benefits

Flowers Direct                                Foyles                                            Hotpoint Privilege Purchase Club
15% discount*                                 10% online discount at                            Savings on Hotpoint and
                                              www.foyles.co.uk on ALL titles*                   Indesit appliances
Flowers Direct have reinvented sending
flowers. Stunning bouquets, simply, yet       Foyles, the legendary bookstore, can              Take advantage of the Privilege Purchase
elegantly wrapped in brown paper and          offer you an additional 10% off their online      Club and it's exclusive members only
tied with twine. With prices from £25         price on all titles. Free delivery is available   pricing. Choose from over 850 different
including free delivery – you can afford to   on all UK orders, and their site boasts a         products which includes three great
make someone’s day! Simply order by           wealth of author interviews and blogs to          brands, Whirlpool, Hotpoint and Indesit.
3pm for free next day delivery.               help you choose your next read.                   All large and small appliances have
                                                                                                already been pre-discounted from
                                                                                                washing machines, fridge freezers
                                                                                                dishwasher, kettles, vacuum cleaners etc.

                                                                                                All prices include FREE UK delivery and
                                                                                                disposal/uplift of your old appliance.

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Corporate Gym Membership                  isubscribe
Free voucher                              Discounts on magazine subscriptions*

Get access to discounted gym              Save an extra 10% on isubscribe’s
membership at over 3,000 gyms including   range - the UK’s largest magazine
the main UK chains, leisure centres,      and newspaper subscriptions website,
budget gyms, independent clubs, yoga      showcasing over 2,500 different titles.
and pilates studios, cross fit boxes,
bootcamps and more!

                                                                                    Access further details and additional
                                                                                    benefits online via the ABDO website.
                                                                                    * Notes applicable to benefits can be found on the
                                                                                     ‘Terms and conditions’ page of this brochure.

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Lifestyle benefits

Merlin Group                                  My Cashback Cards                            National Trust
Discounted ‘days out’ ticket prices           Cashback on everyday purchases               10% saving on NT gift cards

ABDO members can now obtain                   My Cashback Cards is an exciting way of      For days in romantic castles, wildflower
discounted ticket prices from Merlin on       making the most of your money! You can       gardens, iconic lighthouses and dappled
a wide range of UK top attractions, such      save in a unique way when shopping on        woodlands, as well as over 500 special
as Thorpe Park, Madame Tussauds, SeaLife      the High Street and in many cases online.    places to discover, give a National Trust
and the latest family attraction in London,                                                gift card.
                                              The cards offer a wide range of retailers,
Shrek’s Adventure.
                                              and you can earn cashback between
                                              3% and 12.5% on everyday purchases
                                              from major retailers including M&S,
                                              H Samuel, Sainsbury’s, Debenhams,
                                              Top Shop, B&Q and many more.

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NUS extra                                     Travel by Inspire
Student Discount Card                         Savings on all your travel needs

One of the main benefits of being a           The ABDO membership benefits travel          • A 12% discount on car hire
student is of course, access to 1000s of      service is your one stop shop for all your
                                                                                           • Plus foreign currency, cruises, city breaks,
discounts! The NUS extra card is the          travel needs. Look no further when you
                                                                                             attraction tickets, camping holidays,
number 1 student discount card from the       want to book your next holiday
                                                                                             coach tours, holiday parks, resort
National Union of Students, and now
                                              • 5% discount on package holidays from         transfers and boat and motor homes.
comes with one year FREE ISIC, the
                                                the major selected tour operators
international student ID card.
                                                (including Jet2, Expedia, Thomas Cook,
Through ABDO Membership Benefits,               Tui, Haven and Hoseasons)                    Access further details and additional
ABDO student members can enjoy 200 UK                                                        benefits online via the ABDO website.
                                              • A 10% to 60% discount at over 80,000
discounts and 42,000 discounts in 130                                                        * Notes applicable to benefits can be found on the
                                                hotels in the UK and worldwide
countries for just £12 for 15 months, which                                                   ‘Terms and conditions’ page of this brochure.

is a 20% discount on the usual price, plus    • Up to 13% discount on airport parking,
you get an extra month for free!                8% on airport lounges and 10% on
                                                airport hotels

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Lifestyle benefits

Online Ticket Store                          T.M. Lewin                                 Voice Mobile
17% off worldwide attraction tickets         Shirts, ties, suits and accessories*       Get the latest Mobile phones on
                                                                                        the best rates available from EE!
Book attractions, excursions, theatre        Established in 1898, T.M.Lewin has
tickets and experiences all over the world   extensive experience in making stylish     Voice Mobile are
with Onlineticketstore.co.uk. Whether it’s   and comfortable work wear, crafted for     an EE Principal
a week at Disney World, a dinner cruise in   performance with a range of products to    Partner, allowing
Dubai or a day trip in Rome, you can look    deliver a complete business wardrobe.      them to provide
forward to hassle-free booking 24/7,                                                    offers on mobile
                                             All of the products are crafted using
instant e-tickets and unbeatable                                                        phones including
                                             Jermyn Street techniques, stitched with
customer service.                                                                       the latest 4G
                                             9,000 hand threaded needles and
                                                                                        handsets with
                                             fashioned from the 2-ply cotton or the
                                                                                        EE not available
                                             finest Merino wool.
                                                                                        online or on the
                                             ABDO members receive an exclusive          high street.
                                             additional discount in store and online.

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Lifestyle benefits. Insurance

Columbus Direct                               Cornmarket Insurance                       Home insurance
Save 20% off travel insurance*                Great savings on car insurance*            Save 25% off your current home
                                                                                         insurance*
We have partnered with Columbus Direct        92%* of the time, Cornmarket’s affinity
to bring you a fantastic discount on single   group members’, like ABDO, get a           Save 25% off your current insurer’s home
or annual multi-trip holiday insurance.       cheaper quote on their car insurance.      insurance renewal premium. Includes free
ABDO members are able to save 20% on                                                     legal expenses. Members can take
all Columbus Direct travel insurance          The thing that differentiates Members’     advantage of these fantastic savings on
policies.                                     Insurance Solutions from other UK          home insurance renewals without
                                              insurance providers’ is that they create   compromising on cover or service.
                                              specialist insurance packages designed
                                              to reduce premiums for affinity groups.

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Lifestyle benefits. Finance and advice

Energy Linx                                    PG Mutual
Free energy price                              Income protection
comparison service*
                                               ABDO membership benefits offer you
Beat the energy price hike and see how         access to PG Mutual. Here’s how they
much you could save on your gas and            describe their product: “We at PG Mutual
electricity bill. ABDO members can now         are a not-for-profit membership
enjoy savings on their energy bills with       organisation specialising in providing
Ofgem accredited website, Energylinx.          income protection for professional
Energylinx is a leading energy comparison      people. We offer a plan that provides a
website and they promise to find our           regular income if you are off work due to
members the best deal for their energy in      illness or injury, as well as building up an
less than 2 minutes. Energylinx is impartial   investment element for you at the
and independent from all the energy            maturity of the policy.”
suppliers represented on their website.
They’ve been rated an impressive 4.5 stars     *For full terms and conditions, visit www.pgmutual.co.uk.
                                               * Notes applicable to benefits can be found on the
out of 5 by their customers.
                                                 ‘Terms and conditions’ page of this brochure.

                                                                                                           Access further details and additional
                                                                                                           benefits online via the ABDO website.
                                                                                                           * Notes applicable to benefits can be found on the
                                                                                                           ‘Terms and conditions’ page of this brochure.

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Terms and conditions

Terms and conditions apply to all benefits. See ABDO membership benefits website for further details. All details correct at time of print.

These benefits are either managed on behalf of ABDO by Parliament Hill Ltd           6.   Flowers Direct. 15% discount available on all orders, with the exception of
of 3rd Floor, 127 Cheapside, London EC2V 6BT or are available as displayed                Interflora / Florist products. The voucher code must be entered at the time
adverts within the benefit pages. ABDO is an Introducer Appointed                         of purchase and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.
Representative of Parliament Hill Ltd who are authorised and regulated by the        7.   Foyles. A small number of books are restricted from discounts for
Financial Conduct Authority for non-investment insurance mediation only,                  contractual reasons with the publishers. Discount does not apply to
under registration number 308448. Details can be checked on the Financial                 eBooks or gift cards.
Services register by visiting the FCA website.
                                                                                     8.   T.M. Lewin. Cannot be redeemed against previous purchases or used in
                                                                                          conjunction with any other offer, voucher, discount code or gift card
1.   Apple. Offers subject to change without notice. Annual purchase limits
                                                                                          purchases.
     apply. Discounts are subject to availability. For the latest offers visit the
     Apple EPP store.                                                                9.   Travel by Inspire. Prices apply to new bookings only and are subject to
                                                                                          availability and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Prices
2.   Cinema Vouchers. Discounts vary between cinema venues. Please check
                                                                                          include fuel supplements, APD & APC charges. Transfer fees may apply.
     when booking.
                                                                                          Offers based on standard rooms. Inspire reserve the right to amend prices
3.   Middlesex Cricket Club. This is a special introductory offer for new                 and details. Full balance payable if booked within 10 weeks of departure.
     members of Middlesex County Cricket Club.
                                                                                     10. Cornmarket car insurance. Subject to terms, conditions, eligibility and
4.   Fabyouless. Promotion to join Fabyouless Card for £1 for 90 days and first          insurers’ usual underwriting criteria. The 92% saving shown is based on
     subsequent 12 month term. Your Fabyouless Card membership is an                     affinity groups schemes currently run by Cornmarket and your affinity
     ongoing subscription service and will automatically renew 4 days prior to           group may experience a different saving level.
     the end of your initial membership term for an annual fee of £19.95. Your
                                                                                     11. Columbus Travel Insurance. Subject to terms, candidates eligibility and
     membership will continue to renew towards the end of each subsequent                insurers usual underwriting criteria.
     term until it is cancelled in accordance with Fabyouless's Terms and
     Conditions. A renewal reminder will be sent to you by email prior to any        12. Baxters Home Insurance. Subject to certain underwriting criteria. Terms,
     billing date. You must therefore let Fabyouless know if any of your contact         conditions, exclusions and minimum premiums apply. Streetwise is not
     details, including your email address change. This promotion can only be            available in Northern Ireland. Cover for some building types not available.
     taken up once in any 12 month period.
                                                                                     13. Energylinx. Energylinx is available for households in mainland England,
5.   Fiat Chrysler Group. Please contact your Dealer for details.                        Scotland and Wales. Includes every tariff available on the switching market.

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Section 2. Membership benefits and services

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Membership benefits

ABDO Advice and Guidelines                   ABDO Regional meetings                        ABDO Benevolent Fund

ABDO seeks to maintain the standards of      ABDO has seven regions within the UK and      The ABDO Benevolent Fund is a registered
the profession and support its members by    each of these is represented by a             charity that assists those members, past
providing Advice and Guidelines which        Regional Lead and Sub Regional Leads.         and present (or their dependents), who
are available to view on the ABDO            Within each region there are regular          suffer financial hardship. As an ABDO
website for easy reference.                  social, educational and informative           member if you know a dispensing optician
                                             events throughout the year to include         colleague who you feel might benefit, or if
Please visit the Advice and Guidelines       interactive CET points. All ABDO members      you find yourself facing a difficult financial
section on the ABDO website regularly, as    are encouraged to join in, to stay in touch   situation, please contact Jane Burnand
the content is continually changing. It is   with colleagues and benefit from updates      on 020 7298 5102, or email
vitally important that you remain fully      in the optical world. Please note members     jburnand@abdolondon.org.uk, or write to
familiar with the Advice and Guidelines,     can attend any area event/meeting in          her at ABDO, 199, Gloucester Terrace,
prevailing at any given time, for your       any region.                                   London, W2 6LD. Rest assured all enquiries
profession.                                                                                will be handled in strictest confidence.
                                             Website www.abdo.org.uk
                                                                                           Any ABDO member can make a
Website www.abdo.org.uk
                                                                                           charitable donation to the fund.

                                                                                           For further information call
                                                                                           Jane Burnand on 020 7298 5102

                                                                                           Email jburnand@abdolondon.org.uk

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ABDO CET

Working closely with prominent CET          remit and typically provides over 100 CET   For further information call
providers, the ABDO CET department          approved presentations, peer discussions,   ABDO CET on 01206 734 155
interprets the GOC CET requirements for     photo quizzes, workshops and distance
practical and theoretical application to    learning modules and 12 CET points, via     Email abdocet@abdo.org.uk
the benefit of ABDO members, with a         Dispensing Optics, in any given year.
view to enhancing their clinical and                                                    Fax 01206 734 156
                                            The ABDO CET department prides itself on
professional skills. The department is
                                            offering Association members with
the leading UK provider of continuing                                                   ABDO CET 5 Kingsford Business Centre,
                                            excellent customer service when it comes
education for dispensing opticians and                                                  Layer Road, Kingsford, Colchester CO2 0HT
                                            to dealing with enquiries and urgent
offers ABDO members with advice and
                                            assistance (sometimes outside of normal
CET support for re-registration.
                                            office hours!).
ABDO has pledged to offer at least the
minimum CET requirement to its members
over the GOC’s three year statutory CET
period as part of the membership fee, via
Dispensing Optics journal, online CET via
the ABDO website, as well as at national
and regional events. The ABDO CET
department considerably exceeds this

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ABDO Corporate items               ABDO Education Trust                       ABDO Email newsletter

ABDO’s Membership Services         The Education Trust encourages and         Designed to keep members up-to-date,
department offers a range of       promotes education and research in the     the ABDO Email newsletter contains
practical and stylish corporate    art and science of dispensing optics for   topical news and information. To ensure
items that will promote and        the public benefit.                        that you are on the distribution list
enhance your membership.                                                      please ensure we have your correct
                                   For further information                    email address.
For details of the full range of   contact the ABDO general secretary
ABDO corporate items and                                                      Email membership@abdo.org.uk
an order form contact ABDO         Email tgarrett@abdo.org.uk
Membership Services on
01227 733 902, 01227 733 912
or 01227 733 922 or
download an order form
from the ABDO website

Email membership@abdo.org.uk

Website www.abdo.org.uk

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ABDO Diary   ABDO - Dispensing Optics                       The journal also features advertising from
                                                            industry suppliers, keeping the dispensing
             Dispensing Optics is the only monthly          profession up-to-date with the latest
             journal in the UK devoted to the diverse       products and services.
             field of ophthalmic dispensing. Each
             month, the full-colour journal publishes       For further information email
             relevant, high quality features on clinical,   managing editor, Nicky Collinson, at
             technical and business topics - including      ncollinson@abdo.uk.com
             a monthly CET article. The journal also
             reports the latest news from the optical
             profession and industry, as well as
             featuring new dispensing products
             information, frame fashion features,
             business and marketing tips and the
             answers to FAQs encountered in practice.

             ABDO members are invited to submit for
             consideration articles and letters on any
             topic that readers may find interesting.
             A small fee is paid for published articles,
             and prizes awarded each year for the
             best contributions.

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Membership benefits

ABDO Group legal protection                                                                  ABDO Helplines
                                                                                             FREE 24-hour service

As an employee, your ABDO membership          • Tax protection - negotiations following      ABDO membership provides access to a
provides you with protection to cover legal     HM Revenue & Customs enquiry into            24-hour telephone legal and tax advice
costs up to £25,000 per insured incident.       your personal tax affairs                    helpline for both private and business
The incidents covered by the policy                                                          related matters. In addition, a counselling
                                              • Helpline services - call 0330 303 1546
(subject to terms and conditions) include:                                                   helpline that deals with stress, retirement,
                                              For a copy of the policy wording call          redundancy, bereavement etc. is also
• Pre-disciplinary hearings - formal          ABDO Membership Services on                    available to support members.
  response to the GOC in respect of a         01227 733902, 01227 733 912 or 01227 733 922
                                                                                             Helpline number - 0330 303 1546
  complaint made against you
                                                                                             Option 1: Legal and tax
• Legal defence - for criminal or civil                                                      Option 2: Fitness to practice
  actions against you                                                                        Option 3: Professional indemnity issues

• Disciplinary hearings - brought against                                                    Counselling helpline - 0333 000 2082
  you by a regulatory authority or
  professional body

• Employment disputes - arising from your
  contract of employment

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                 ABDO                         With a HMCA medical plan:                      DENTAL PLAN
                 Member benefit               • No medical examination is required           Whether you have a Private or NHS
                 plans with HMCA              • No age restrictions are imposed              Dentist, the HMCA Dental Plan allows you
                                              • No excess or deductible is required          to choose the dentist of your choice.
Hospital and Medical Care Association         • Overseas and sports cover are included       Worldwide cover is also included along
(HMCA) is a specialist in offering benefits   • A personal, UK based, claims service is      with hospital and day case treatment.
exclusively to members of professional          provided                                     Eligibility covers ages 0–78 for members,
and trades associations and membership        • 30 day money-back guarantee                  their spouses and family.
groups. HMCA plans are available              HMCA can offer up to a 40% discount off
exclusively to members of an association      the underwriter’s standard rates for           INCOME PROTECTION PLAN
and not available to the general public       members of ABDO.                               The Income Protection Plan ensures that
ensuring and maintaining competitive                                                         in the event of loss of earnings, because
                                              CASH PLANS
rates for you and your family.                                                               of serious illness or accident, you will still
                                              If you have ever been faced with
                                                                                             have income.
                                              unexpected medical expenses the HMCA
MEDICAL CARE PLANS
                                              Care Starter Cash Plan is one way you
HMCA Medical Plans are designed to            can reduce these unexpected expenses.          SINGLE AND MULTI-TRIP TRAVEL PLAN
provide various benefits for the treatment    These expenses can range from treatment        HMCA provides a flexible package to
of acute conditions following a visit to      required after seeing a dentist or opticians   cover overseas holidays and non-manual
your GP, where the NHS are unable to          fees, through to seeing a chiropractor or      business trips for either the individual
provide you with the treatment you need       osteopath, prescription charges or             traveller or the family. Comprehensive
at a time, or location, which is convenient   hospital accommodation and more.               cover at competitive prices with first class
for you.                                      As a member of ABDO the monthly                claims handling service to offer further
                                              subscription for you is £17.50.                peace of mind.

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LIFE EXTRA PLAN
The Life Extra Plan provides your family
with a lump sum in the event of your
death.

VEHICLE BREAKDOWN CLUB
The Breakdown Recovery Club gives
full cover, at a low cost, for home-starts,
roadside-assistance and recovery
following an accident or breakdown
and has no joining or membership fee
as with some breakdown
organisations.

For further information call
HMCA on 01423 799 949

Website
www.hmca.co.uk/abdo.htm

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Membership benefits

ABDO Personal accident cover               ABDO Professional education                   Full members and other professionals are
                                           and career development                        encouraged to develop their skills by
ABDO is pleased to offer a free personal                                                 taking advanced or honours level
accident cover (subject to terms and       ABDO sets and maintains standards for         qualifications.
conditions and applicable to ABDO full     ophthalmic dispensing by producing the
members only), providing accidental        syllabus, conducting examinations and         For further details call
death and capital benefits of £30,000,     awarding the qualification for the Level 6*   ABDO Examinations and Registration
increasing to £37,500 whilst a member is   Diploma in Ophthalmic Dispensing              department on 01227 732 921
on public transport.                       [FBDO], Level 6* Certificate in Contact
                                           Lens Practice [FBDO CL], Level 6* Diploma     Email examinations@abdo.org.uk
For further information call               in The Assessment & Management of Low
ABDO Membership Services on                Vision [FBDO (Hons) LVA], Level 7* Diploma    ABDO Examinations and Registration
01227 733 902,                             in Spectacle Lens Design [FBDO (Hons)         The Old Dairy, Godmersham Park,
01227 733 912 or                           SLD] and Level 7* Diploma in Advanced         Godmersham, Canterbury, Kent CT4 7DT
01227 733 922                              Contact Lens Practice [FBDO (Hons) CL].

Email membership@abdo.org.uk

                                                                                         * As assessed and regulated by Ofqual (Office of
                                                                                          Qualifications and Examinations Regulation)

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ABDO Professional indemnity                 For vision aid charity trips contact ABDO   ABDO Website
insurance                                   Membership Services as the Association is
                                            able to offer cover free of charge.         The ABDO website is designed to provide
All practising ABDO full members                                                        you with a wide range of information and
(ie FBDO qualified), as well as those       For further information call                useful functionality. If you have a job
wishing to re-register, must be covered,    ABDO Membership Services on                 vacancy in your practice, please remember
as part of their GOC registration           01227 733 902, 01227 733 912 or             that the Situations Vacant section provides
requirements, by professional indemnity     01227 733 922 or download an                you with a quick and easy facility to
insurance; which the Association can        application form from the ABDO website      advertise completely free of charge.
provide to all such members residing in
the UK. ABDO policies offer combined        Email membership@abdo.org.uk                Features of the site also include:
medical malpractice /professional                                                       • Advice and Guidelines
indemnity insurance up to £5,000,000 per    Website www.abdo.org.uk                     • Events
member and we have not heard of any                                                     • HR Advice for practice owners section
similar or better scheme that’s cheaper!                                                • Locum register - register as a locum or
Although you may be covered by an                                                         seek locum cover online
employer’s scheme, ABDO urges all full                                                  • Members’ forums
members to also have their own personal                                                 • News
professional indemnity insurance provided                                               • Online CET
via the Association.                                                                    • Students’ zone

                                                                                        Website www.abdo.org.uk

Association of British Dispensing Opticians
ABDO Commercial legal protection               ABDO HR Advice for practice owners             ABDO Pension advice

As an employer, your ABDO membership           The HR Advice for practice owners section      Personal financial planning for the future
provides you with protection to cover          of the ABDO website is an enhancement to       is essential and ABDO can recommend
legal costs up to £100,000 per insured         normal ABDO membership, specially              G D Anderson Life & Pensions Ltd to help
incident. Incidents covered by the policy      designed for Association members who are       you through this minefield.
(subject to terms and conditions) include:     employers. The challenges of running a
                                               business are extensive; ABDO has therefore     For further information call
• Employment disputes                          developed this special section of the ABDO     Nick Horsley at G D Anderson Life
• Compensation awards                          website, which provides access to expert       & Pensions Ltd
• Service occupancy                            advice, thereby ensuring you have the          on 01959
• Contract disputes cover                      support required to run your business within   701 704
• Debt recovery                                best practice and legislative guidelines.
• Tax protection                               It has been specifically designed for
• Helpline services                            independent practices and small groups
                                               which can benefit greatly from the
                                               corporate support available.

For further information call                   For further information call
ABDO Membership Services on                    ABDO Membership Services on
01227 733902, 01227 733 912 or 01227 733 922   01227 733902, 01227 733 912 or 01227 733 922
Email membership@abdo.org.uk                   Website www.abdo.org.uk

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ABDO Practice insurance                   Background screening

Provided by insurance brokers G D         Complete Background Screening Ltd          • Criminal record checks (basic, standard
Anderson & Co Ltd, the Association has    (CBS) is an award winning company            and enhanced) - CRB/SCRO
negotiated a bespoke practice insurance   which acts as an Umbrella Body for the     • International criminal checks
policy which is designed to meet the      Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the      • Access to the Updating Service
specific needs of ABDO members who run    Scottish Criminal Records Office (SCRO);   • Driving history and convictions
their own practice(s). G D Anderson       they are one of the largest providers of   • Credit checks
specialises in meeting the insurance      vetting in the UK. CBS were created in     • Company checks and director reports
needs of opticians and therefore they     direct response to a surge in demand for   • Identity checks
understand your requirements.             background screening throughout the        • Money laundering reports
                                          United Kingdom. As one of the UK’s         • Employment history and referencing
For further information call              leading providers, CBS look to provide     • Secondary and professional
G D Anderson & Co Ltd on 01832 720 000    ABDO members with high quality service       qualifications
                                          and recognise the importance of
Email admin@anderson-insurance.co.uk      providing you with accurate, thorough      For further information call
                                          and timely information.                    CBS on 01443 799 900
Website www.opticiansinsurance.com
                                          Through databases, CBS can provide
                                                                                     Email rachelb@cbscreening.com
                                          clarity and eliminate doubt with the
                                          following checks:

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Leasing, hire purchase, practice             They have acted for well over 3,000         member feel free to talk with them about
loans, vehicle finance and VAT               independent practices, and as well          your future plans and needs.
                                             as offering finance options, also offer
ABDO’s chosen partner to provide its         in-depth expertise on VAT and other         For further information call
members with leasing, purchase and           tax related benefits.                       Performance Finance Ltd on
practice loan facilities is Performance                                                  01536 529 969
                                             With OCT and digital screening systems
Finance Ltd. They are one of the UK’s most
                                             becoming so important, Performance
established and specialist providers of                                                  Email info@pfsleasing.co.uk
                                             Finance pride themselves on being able
financial services in these areas.
                                             to offer sound advice on getting the best
Performance Finance can provide advice                                                   Website www.pfsleasing.co.uk
                                             payback and reciprocal benefits from
for all your equipment, refit, computers
                                             these and other new technologies. They
and vehicles, as well as practice
                                             are confident that they fully understand
acquisition and improvements.
                                             the optical profession, so as an ABDO

Association of British Dispensing Opticians
Please note the details shown in this brochure were correct
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at the time of going to print, but may be subject to change.
ABDO Membership Services
Unit 2, Court Lodge Offices, Godmersham Park
Godmersham, Canterbury, Kent CT4 7DT
Telephone 01227 733 902 • 01227 733 912 • 01227 733 922
Email membership@abdo.org.uk
Website www.abdo.org.uk
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