Newly qualified Optometrists seeking competency certificate

Optometry Scotland Proposals to Health Boards regarding Listing for a Pre-Reg Optometrist to Fully Qualified Optometrist. 

A guide proposed for Optometrists/Health Boards to follow to allow the process to run smoothly:

1.  You can click this link to apply for PVG – Apply for PVG. 

It is recommended that you apply for PVG no later than 2 months before anticipated date of sitting OSCEs

2. Apply to all relevant Health Boards that you intend to work in.

It is recommended that you begin the application process no later than 2 months before sitting OSCEs.

3. OSCEs have been sat and hopefully passed. When you have received the pass letter from the College of Optometrists, you are ready to apply for the competency certificate that is required to practice in Scotland. Please note that you MUST have completed your pre-registration year in Scotland to automatically qualify for your competency certificate. Follow the application process by clicking the link above, or below. You will be required to scan and email your pass letter to the NES Optometry team – optometry@nes.scot.nhs.uk. NES will aim to issue your certificate and advise the relevant health board as quickly as possible following receipt of the correct documentation (Application and Pass Letter).

You can apply here – GOS Competency certificate application. 

4. Use the documentation enclosed with the College pass letter to apply for your GOC registration. Boards advise pre-registration optometrists to apply for their full GOC Registration at the same time as they apply for their Certificate of Training.  This usually allows for the Certificate of Training to arrive with Boards ahead of the registration with the GOC and allows for a smooth transition.

5. Until your individual GOC number appears, you can continue to conduct eye examinations under supervision. If you have applied for your GOC number and not the competency certificate then you might not be able to complete your listing and/or conduct NHS eye examinations.

6. Your GOC number appears on the web site and you are now qualified to conduct NHS eye examinations in your own right as long as this is once confirmed with the Health Boards who should now possess your listing application, PVG certificate and Competency Certificate.

7. The Health Board now has all it needs to include you on their list. The Health Board can authorise an optometrist to conduct NHS eye examinations but not make any submissions until the list number has been produced.

To Confirm:

Health Board Listing Application.
PVG application.
Competency Certificate application as above (applied for as soon as OSCEs passed and letter receive/sent).
GOC number available on GOC web site (visible to Health Board immediately).

Apply for their full GOC Registration at the same time as you apply for Certificate of Training.