Information for Contractors

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 



New Sight Test and Voucher Fees from 1 April 2016 and CET Claims


The Department of Health has published the new sight test and voucher values for 1 April 2016 onwards, and has also published the new CET claim form. 

Please remember - CET claims must be submitted to the Ophthalmic Claims Section, PCS England (Preston office), 3 Caxton Road, Fulwood, Preston PR2 9ZZ, between 1 July 2016 and no later than 31st October 2016.  Please click on the link below to access these:-