Our Mission Statement

Our mission is to advance world class eye care in Scotland. We will achieve this aim by:

    • Establishing clear aims and objectives and communicating these to the industry
    • Placing strong membership and good communication with our members at the centre of our strategic plan
    • Securing the correct funding to facilitate our objectives
    • Work with industry stakeholders and the media to raise awareness of the importance of optometry in the primary care sector.

Achievements to date

Recent Achievements To Date

  • Securing additonal budget of £1.2 million for the increase in Supplementary Eye Examination fees from 1st April 2017
  • £450,000 pachymetry funding
  • Securing £1.5 million for Enhanced Supplementary Eye Examinations from October 2018
  • Transition without penalty to e-GOS by April 2019 deadline
  • Increasing shift in balance of primary eye care to optometry

Our Key Objectives

  • To build strong relationships with Scottish Ministers and their key advisers
  • Build strong relationships with the Health and Finance spokespersons for each political party in Holyrood, and the relevant members of the Health and Finance Committees
  • Mobilise Optometry Scotland members to ensure that all MSP’s are engaged to support GOS in Scotland
  • Build a policy consensus across key stakeholders who can influence and shape future policy. 
  • Advance eyecare in remote and rural areas
  • Roll out enhanced optometry led services such as Low Vision and Glaucoma shared care to further shift the balance of care

 

Optometry Scotland was formed in 2006 and is steered by a Council of approximately 25 people, including independent opticians and multiple operator representatives, Area Optometric Committee Chairs, and members of the Association of Optometrists (AOP)The Federation of Dispensing Opticians (FODO), the College of Optometrists, the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO), and Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU). The Optometry Scotland Council meets three times per year, including at our AGM, and the Council oversees the work of the Executive Committee. We currently represent the majority of the optical industry in Scotland.

If you are interested in attending any of the OS Council meetings as an observer or participating in any of the OS work streams please contact us.

Dates of the 2019 Council Meetings

Thursday 6th June and Thursday 26th September 2019.

Minutes of the Council Meetings

Minutes will be available to download after the meetings have taken place

History

Through extensive negotiations, meetings, lobbying and sheer will and determination, our previous Chairmen Frank Munro, Hal Rollason and Donald Cameron led the newly formed Optometry Scotland to the introduction of the new GOS eye examination in April 2006. The introduction of the new structure of fees and standards heralded new levels of professional eye care which have become the envy of the optometry world and other professional health bodies who have learned from our experience and are now lobbying for funds. Our thanks go to these pioneers of modern optometry in Scotland.

Function

Optometry Scotland is now the first point of contact for all health officials and external bodies in Scotland and represents all other optical bodies in Scotland. We are the voice of the optical professions in Scotland and our objective is to preserve the integrity of the GOS contract. We will do this by lobbying for better support services, enhanced status for the Optometric and Dispensing professions and more funding for future fee increases.