Optical Sector granted enhanced use of the NHS logo

Following extensive discussion 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, with immediate effect.

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 has said that: “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.” 

Furthermore, 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.” 

For more information on this see http://www.nhsidentity.nhs.uk/ and for use of the logo within the oprical sector see http://www.nhsidentity.nhs.uk/page/1117/all-guidelines/brand-guidelines-for-all-organisations

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