GOS Policy and Procedures
GOS Policy and Procedures – England
NHS England Eye Health Policies and Procedures
NHS England is responsible for commissioning primary care services, including optometry, in England. The link below provides access to the NHS England Eye Health Policies and Procedures page. Since January 2016 these policies have been incorporated into an NHS England Eye Health Policy book. This book includes details on the GOS Contract Procedure, Assurance Procedure, Termination Procedure and Variation Procedure as well as an example contract visit checklist and information about the Equality Act.
GOS Policy and Procedures – Wales
Primary Care Services in Wales
Local Health Boards in Wales are responsible for securing health care services. Primary care services shared service partnerships provide optometry contractor services for the health boards. Services include GOS contracts, list management, payment processing and post-payment verification.
In addition, a national enhanced service known as the Wales Eye Care Service (WECS) is hosted by a health board but funded exclusively by Welsh Government. This service offers patients in Wales free of charge extended eye examinations for those who qualify. A list of the services available can be found via http://www.eyecare.wales.nhs.uk/home . This also includes the Low Vision Service Wales (LVSW) and this is also delivered in the community by accredited optometrists and dispensing opticians.
Directory of Health Boards in Wales
The directory of health boards in Wales provides details of all primary care services offered via each health board. There is an employed Optometric Adviser in each Health Board in Wales.
Eye Care Wales
The Eye Care Wales website is a useful resource, including lists of accredited practitioners, details of the children’s low vision project and diabetic screening.
GOS Policy and Procedures – Scotland
NHS Services in Scotland
ISD Scotland provides an overview of General Ophthalmic Services in Scotland including legislation, GOS forms, exemption categories, voucher claims and details of eye examination requirements.
Primary Care Advice (PCA) and Scottish Statutory Instruments (SSI)
The following PCAs and SSIs were developed by the Scottish Government health directorate. They cover various aspects of ophthalmic policy in Scotland. A brief description of the content of each PCA is outlined above each link.
2016 – PCAs
This PCA provides details of the CET fee for 2015, including the form for completion, and the supervisors grant from 1 April 2016.
PCA(O)2016 – 1
This PCA details the provision of pachymeters to optometry practices in Scotland.
2015 – PCAs
PCA(O)2015 – 4
This PCA details Universal Credit and changes to entitlement.
PCA(O)2015 – 3 Issued August 2015
This PCA advises on the domiciliary allowance, CET and pre-registration supervisors grant.
2014 – PCAs
PCA(O)2014 – 3 Issued 1 July 2014
This PCA advises on recall intervals.
PCA(O)2014 – 1 Issued 21 January 2014
This PCA advises on the new General Ophthalmic Services Scotland amendment regulations, tests, procedures and examinations
2013 – PCAs
PCA(O)2013 – 5 Issued 4 December 2013
This PCA advises about the entitlement of optical vouchers for patients receiving Universal Credit.
PCA(O)2013 – 4 Issued 27 August 2013
This PCA has been sent to NHS Boards and covers the mechanism for registered independent prescribing optometrists to obtain their prescribing code and prescription pad.
PCA(O)2013 – 2 Issued 08 July 2013
This PCA provides notification of the increase in NHS Domiciliary Fees and clarification of new arrangements for cycloplegic refractions on behalf of the Hospital Eye Service (HES).
2011 – Legislation
No 55 Effective from 1 April 2011
The National Health Service (Free Prescriptions and Charges for Drugs and Appliances) (Scotland) Regulations 2011
No 157 Effective from 24 February 2011
The Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 (Commencement No. 5, Savings, Transitional and Consequential Provisions) and the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010 (Commencement No. 7, Savings and Transitional Provisions) Order 2011
2010 – PCAs and Legislation
PCA(O)2010 – 4 Issued 06 December 2010
This PCA details the new eye examination leaflet.
PCA(O)2010 – 2 Issued 24 June 2010
This PCA makes minor changes to the NHS Tribunal (Scotland) Regulations 2004.
2010 No. 86 and Executive Note Effective 1 April 2010
The National Health Service (General Ophthalmic Services) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010
These regulations amend the rules for primary and secondary eye examinations and make changes to the ophthalmic list application process, particularly for corporate bodies.
- Click here to download amended GOS regulations 2010 No 86 AND Click here to download the Executive Note
PCA(O)2010 – 1 Examinations and listing requirements Issued 12 March 2010
This PCA details changes to the primary and supplementary examinations, changes to the listing requirements and the NHS eye examination effective from 1 April 2010.
2009 – PCAs
PCA(O)2009 – 3 Electronic Forms Issued 21 July 2009
This PCA covers the introduction of electronic versions of forms GOS(S) 6A Part 1 and GOS(S) 6A Part 2 from 1 September 2009.
PCA(O)2009 – 2 CET & Glaucoma Issued 14 July 2009
This PCA covers CET and the Glaucoma Patient Pathway.
2008 – PCAs
PCA(O)2008 – 3 Fees Issued 22 May 2008
This PCA details the new 3 year fee agreement including where a digital photo is taken.
2007 – PCAs
PCA(O)2007 – 3 Inspection of premises, Extension of equipment allowance Issued 11 May 2007
This PCA provides guidance and a national checklist for the inspection of premises and the final extension of the equipment allowance.
2007 No 193 and Executive Note Effective 1 April 2007
The National Health Service (General Ophthalmic Services) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 and Executive Note
These regulations make changes to the Ophthalmic List regulations.
- Click here to download amended GOS regulations 2007 No 193 AND Click here to download the Executive Note
PCA(O) 2007 – 2 Fees, vouchers, GOS, Optometric Advisers Issued 16 March 2007
This PCA lays out the new eye examination fees, voucher values, changes to the GOS regulations and the need for Health Boards to have an Optometric Adviser.
2006 – Legislation
2006 No 330 and Executive Note Effective from 1 July 2006
NHS (Discipline Committees) (Scotland) Regulations 2006
These regulations amend the Discipline Committee regime as a result of the introduction of NHS eye examinations in place of NHS sight tests.
- Click here to download amended GOS regulations 2006 No 330 AND Click here to download the Executive Note
2006 No 329 and Executive Note Effective from 1 July 2006
NHS (General Ophthalmic Services) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006
These amendment regulations make small legislative and typographical changes.
- Click here to download amended GOS regulations 2006 No 329 AND Click here to download the Executive Note
PCA(O)2006 06 Discipline regulations Issued 23 June 2006
These regulations cover the new discipline regulations.
2006 No 3306 and Executive Note Effective from 1 April 2006
NHS (Charges Overseas Visitors) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006
These amendment regulations allow charges to be made to some overseas visitors for GOS.
- Click here to download amended GOS regulations 2006 No 3306 AND Click here to download the Executive Note
2006 No 138 and Executive Note Effective from 1 April 2006
NHS (Optical Charges and Payments) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006
These regulations provide the legislative changes to the optical voucher system arising from the introduction of free eye examinations.
- Click here to download amended GOS regulations 2006 No 138 AND Click here to download the Executive Note
2006 No 135 and Executive Note Effective from 1 April 2006
NHS (General Ophthalmic Services) (Scotland) Regulations 2006
The new GOS Regulations for free eye examinations are published under this SSI, including the new listing arrangements.
- Click here to download amended GOS regulations 2006 No 135 AND Click here to download the Executive Note
2006 No 134 and Executive Note Effective from 1 April 2006
The Sight Testing (Examination and Prescription) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2006
The legislation has been amended to allow Optometrists and OMPs to refer patients directly to an Ophthalmic Hospital rather than through their GMP.
- Click here to download amended GOS regulations 2006 No 134 AND Click here to download the Executive Note
PCA(O)2006 – 5 GOS regulations, Tribunals Issued 22 March 2006
This PCA covers the new GOS regulations and changes to tribunals.
PCA(O)2006 – 4 Eye examination Issued 17 March 2006
This PCA details the new eye examination in Scotland.
2005 – PCA
PCA(O)2005 – 3 Eye examination Issued 2 December 2005
This PCA introduces the new eye examination in Scotland effective from 1 April 2006.
GOS Policy and Procedures – Northern Ireland
HSC Business Services Organisation
The HSC Business Services Organisation, responsible for payment of community optometrists, inspecting premises and maintaining the Ophthalmic List, holds information on optical policies and services in Northern Ireland. Information includes application forms, domiciliary and patient information.
HSC GOS memorandums
The link below provides access to GOS memorandums, drug alerts and other information relevant to optical practices.