Our committees support and advise us in taking forward members' views and concerns

Optometrists at work

Our committees ensure that your views are reflected in our decision-making. All of our committees are made up of AOP Council members, the wider membership and representatives from other organisations we work in partnership with.

Hospital Optometrists Committee

The Hospital Optometrists Committee (HOC) represents the interests of our members who are employed by hospital NHS Trusts and NHS Foundation Trusts. It pro-actively develops good practice and seeks to maintain high standards of post-graduate education within hospital optometry. HOC also helps support communications between hospital optometrists and other professionals.

Committee chair: Vijay Anand 
Further details: secretar[email protected]

Independent Practitioners Committee

The Independent Practitioners Committee supports the independent optical sector with representatives from the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) and Association of Independent Optometrists (AIO). Its work includes:

  • Pooling knowledge and experience
  • Evaluating the tools that assist independent practices
  • Encouraging more optometrists into independent practice

Committee chair: Emma Spofforth
Further details: [email protected]

Policy Committee

The Policy Committee develops AOP policy positions and advises our Council and Board. It oversees our responses to external consultations from organisations such as the General Optical Council (GOC) and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). It also supports our engagement with European policy and with our partners in the Optical Confederation (OC).

Committee chair: Kevin Wallace
Further details: [email protected]

Membership Committee

Our Membership Committee discusses and develops the AOP membership benefit portfolio, ensuring we recognise the needs of members across all career stages and modes of practice. It also looks at how we can better engage our members, regionally and locally, when these services are introduced.

Committee chair: Tushar Majithia
Further details: [email protected]