Contractor information and useful links


DBS Checks


The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) have merged to become the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). CRB checks are now called DBS checks.


For further information please click on link below:


The NHS England Optometry & Pharmacy Team can be contacted on .......

By E-mail :

By post: NHS England - Lancashire & Greater Manchester, 4th Floor, 3 Piccadilly Place, Manchester, M1 3BN

By Phone: (0113 825) 5139 / 5162 / 5270 / 5230 / 5278

 Please find below documents and important Briefs from NHS England for information


CET grant claim forms published

The claim form for the CET grant for optometrists in England has been published and is available on the AOP website:

Note the window for making claims runs from 14 July to 14 November. As in previous years, the grant must be claimed via a contractor.

The AOP suggests that members should retain a copy of their claim form and should confirm receipt with their Area Team - it is not unknown for forms to have gone astray.
For information:
Address of Manchester Area Team: 
Greater Manchester area team
4th floor,
3 Piccadilly Place,
London Road,
M1 3BN

Post completed form to:

Caxton Road, Fulwood, Preston PR2 9ZZ




Please click on link for more information 



NHS.NET Information 

If you have an NHS email account that you have not been using and so the password has expired, please contact the appropriate support desk below to get your password reset and to make it clear that you wish the address to be migrated from your PCT to GREATER MANCHESTER COMMISSIONING HUB.  

The possession of an NHSMail address is likely to become rather more important in the future and it will be much easier to hang on to one you already have than to get another.


LocalityTelephone Numberemail
ALW 01942 481661
Bolton 01204 462 222
Bury 0161 762 3120
Heywood, Middleton & ROCHDALE 01706 869696
Manchester 0161 765 6685
Salford 0161 212 4130
Stockport 0161 426 5500
Tameside & Glossop/Oldham 0161 3663 205
Trafford 08701 999099


If you have an active address it will probably have already been migrated to GREATER MANCHESTER COMMISSIONING HUB.


 Contract Compliance information

Please refer to: 


Federation of Ophthalmic and Dispensing Opticians (FoDo)


Association of Optometrists
The representative body for optometrists.
61 Southwark St
London SE1 0HL
Tel 44 (0) 20 7261 9661
Fax 44 (0) 20 7261 0228


College of Optometrists
The educational and public interest organisation for optometry. 

Addresss The College of Optometrists41-42 Craven StreetLondon WC2N 5NG
General Email
Technical Email
Telephone +44 (0) 20 7839 6000
Fax +44 (0) 20 7839 6800


Manchester NHS
Lists all family practitioners in Manchester, Optometrists, GPs, Pharmacists and Dentists.

Manchester GP list 

Please select file below

Optometry Today
Premier optometric journal in the UK published by the AOP.


Journal for optometrists and dispensing opticians from Reed Business Publications.

General Ophthalmic Services
Notices relating to GOS, including voucher and ST updates, are posted here:

Older GOS related documents such as FPNs can often be located on the COIN database: 

National Electronic Library for Health
Full of health related information and including a link to PubMed to search for published articles.

General Optical Council
The statutory body regulating optometry in the UK.

41 Harley Street 
Phone numbers: 
Tel: 020 7580 3898 
Fax: 020 7436 3525 

Eyecare Information Service
Useful source of patient information.

The Eyecare Trust
PO Box 131
Market Rasen
United Kingdom
General Enquiries: 0845 129 5001
Fax: 0845 129 5002 

Royal National Institute for the Blind
For patient information.

Helpline 0845 766 9999

The British Dyslexia Association
For information about dyslexia.

For enquiries about dyslexia:

Helpline: 0118 966 8271

The British Dyslexia Association.
98 London Road,
RG1 5AU.
Tel: 0118 966 2677.

Fax: 0118 935 1927

Dyslexia Action
An educational charity for the assessment and teaching of people with dyslexia.

National Screening Committee - Retinopathy
Information relating to retinopathy screening by digital imaging.

Please send HES vouchers to the following address:

The Dispensing Opticians
Out Patients Department
Ground Floor
Oxford Road
M13 9WL


SeeAbility's purpose is to encourage people who are blind or partially sighted and have multiple 

disabilities to achieve their full potential and enhance their quality of life.

Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults:




As the CCG commissions LES (cataract, red eye, GRRS), they do pay for interpretation services. However they don't provide interpreters for GOS services - you need to ask NHS England about that.

Interpretation requests are managed by MICG (Manchester Integrated Care Gateway) and you should contact


The biggest directory of suppliers can be found  on The Optician magazine website:

Please click on the logo to go to the site




Professional Optometry Adviser

Sarah Slade

Professional Adviser - Optometry
Greater Manchester Area Team
NHS England
4th Floor | 3 Piccadilly Place | London Road | Manchester | M1 3BN