Message from new Chair of OS, David Quigley

Dear Members and Colleagues,

As the sole representative of the entire optometry sector’s views to Holyrood, your OS team will continue working with the Scottish Government and Practitioner Services on the latest round of fee negotiations and pledges to support members in the transition to e-GOS. The feedback from recent roadshows has been very positive and our aim is to carry this positivity into the next round of negotiations with the Scottish Government.

OS thanks its members for their continued support and hopes to draw on that once more in 2019 and beyond for the additional challenges of the Educational Review, workforce requirements, the prospect of shared care and increasing involvement in community eyecare, along with the prospect of changes in the UK high street and the economy as a whole.

With this in mind, we would urge all pre-registration optometrists, practicing optometrists and dispensing opticians to become members of OS and join us in facing the challenges that lie ahead.

We continue to undertake activities that will make a difference – from funding vital research through Glasgow Caledonian University, to commencing work on a Scotland-wide workforce survey, and involvement in the development and implementation of a SCQF level 5, modern apprenticeship qualification for optical assistants.

OS has placed a major focus on improving its communications, including investment in PR and a new website, and promoting the profession and industry as a whole – but the support and backing of the entire profession must be maintained and, where possible, heightened.

Key benefits of OS membership include:

  • Membership card with discounts from retailers
  • Up to date information on the activity of OS
  • Information and guidance on the regulations, triage and referrals
  • Member support and advice
  • Regular communication from OS
  • Certificate of membership
  • Affix of MOpt Scot for email signature or business card

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