Our Mission Statement

Mission Statement & Objectives

‘Advancing world class eye care in Scotland’

We will achieve this aim by:

  • Establishing clear aims objectives to the industry
  • Placing good communications and membership 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

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

Priorities for 2019

Our Priorities for 2019

  • Raise the profile of Optometry Scotland
  • Increase membership as a matter of priority
  • Improve communication to colleagues and industry stakeholders
  • Engage with the Scottish Government on 2019-2020 fee negotiations
  • Work closely with GCU on sector research
  • Support the ongoing development of new educational programmes

Function

Optometry Scotland is your sole negotiator for terms and conditions with the Scottish Government. Our absolute aim is to negotiate the best possible fee structure in support of Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians continuing to offer increasingly vital services within primary care

History

In 2006, Chairmen Frank Munro, Hal Rollason and Donald Cameron directed the newly formed Optometry Scotland and successfully negotiated the introduction of a new and enhanced GOS eye examination for all. The introduction of new fees and enhanced standards, heralded new levels of professional eyecare which have become the envy of the world and other health providers.

We are eternally grateful to these pioneers of modern Optometry in Scotland.

Optometry Scotland was formed in 2006 and is made up of a Council of approximately 25 people with representatives from Independent and multiple representatives, Area Optometric Committee Chairs, Association of Optometrists (AOP), The Federation of Dispensing Opticians (FODO), the College of Optometrists, and the Association of British Dispensing Opticians, Glasgow Caledonian University, a hospital optometrist and NES. The Optometry Scotland Council meets three times a year with the May/June meeting being an AGM.  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 are becoming the envy of the world and other professional health bodies who have learned from our experience and are now lobbying for funds. Our thanks 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 the Scottish region. 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.