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Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards
The Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards (ACCEA) is an independent, advisory NDPB and succeeded the Advisory Committee on Distinction Awards (ACDA).

British Association of Medical Managers (BAMM)

The British Medical Association is a professional association of doctors, representing their interests and providing services for its 128,000 members. This includes nearly 4,000 from overseas and 14,000 medical students.

College of Optometrists
The College of Optometrists is the Professional, Scientific and Examining Body for Optometry in the UK, working for the public benefit.

Conference of Postgraduate Medical Deans (COPMed)
COPMeD provides a forum in which Postgraduate Deans meet to discuss current issues, share best practice and agree a consistent and equitable approach to medical training in all deaneries across the UK.

Department of Health – Certificate of Vision Impairment
From 1 September 2005 hospital eye clinics will need to use the revised Certificate of Vision Impairment (CVI) to certify patients as severely sight impaired or sight impaired. The form BD8 should no longer be accepted. When signed by a consultant ophthalmologist, the CVI will now be the formal notification required by councils with social services responsibilities (or their agents) to register someone as sight impaired or as severely sight impaired.

Department of Health Ophthalmic Services Section
Documents and communications about ophthalmic services policy.

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)

General Medical Council

Hospital Doctor Website

International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO)
The International Council of Ophthalmology is the executive body of the International Federation of Ophthalmological Societies (IFOS). IFOS represents and serves professional associations of ophthalmologists throughout the world.

Map of Medicine
Map of Medicine is a collection of evidence-based, practice-informed care maps which connect all the knowledge and services around a clinical condition. The care maps can be customised to reflect local needs and practices by commissioners looking to devise new care pathways. Pathways for glaucoma, red eye, cataract, diabetic retinopathy and AMD are available.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency is an Executive Agency of the Department of Health. It’s remit is to protect and promote public health and patient safety by ensuring that medicines, healthcare products and medical equipment meet appropriate standards of safety, quality, performance and effectiveness, and are used safely.

National Association of Clinical Tutors (NACT)
The National Association of Clinical Tutors aims to promote and develop Postgraduate Medical Education and to represent and support Clinical Tutors at National and Regional level.

National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD)
NCEPOD reviews medical clinical practice so as to make recommendations to improve the quality of the delivery of care. They do this by undertaking confidential surveys covering many different aspects of medical care and making recommendations for clinicians and management to implement.

National Electronic Library for Health (NeLH)

NHS Blood and Transplant (The new name for UK Transplant)

NHS Blood and Transplant Cornea Donation Campaign

NHS Evidence
NHS Evidence was launched in April 2009 to allow everyone working in health and social care to access a wide range of health information to help them deliver quality patient care.

NHS Professionals

National Institute for Health Research

National Patient Safety Agency

Nursing and Midwifery Council
The Nursing and Midwifery Council is an organisation set up by Parliament to protect the public by ensuring that nurses and midwives provide high standards of care to their patients and clients.

Optic UK
OPTIC UK is a Trade Association, it’s prime objective is to promote the interests of the UK ophthalmic industry. It provides representation and a discussion forum for regulatory and technical matters and organisers of technical exhibitions in conjunction with the ophthalmological bodies. The hallmark of it’s exhibition activity is evident to all at the Annual Congress of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board (PMETB)

Specialist Training Authority of the Medical Royal Colleges 
The STA is the UK competent authority for the purposes of specialist medical training functions and the award of the Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training (CCST)

The Care Quality Commission
The Care Quality Commission is the new health and social care regulator for England.

UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC)
The UK Clinical Research Collaboration brings together the NHS, research funders, industry, regulatory bodies, Royal Colleges, patient groups and academia to a UK-wide environment that facilitates and promotes high quality clinical research for the benefit of patients.

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