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Representing members' interests

We represent your interests at a local and national level

Our members are at the heart of what we do. We represent you in a variety of ways and carry out work on our own as well as in partnership with other organisations.

Our Council gives you a voice

Our Council actively engages members via our online community forums and face-to-face meetings. It’s our Councillors’ job to ensure your voice and interests are the basis for all our policy-making, decisions and campaign work. In our last Council meeting, after listening to your concerns, our Council discussed the threats and opportunities in optics. You can find out more by reading PESTLE analysis of the threats and opportunities in the profession.

We lobby through optical bodies

We work closely with other optical bodies, as part of the Optical Confederation (OC), to lobby national decision makers on issues related to the eye health agenda. We work with the following organisations, under the banner of the OC, to represent the profession's views to parliament, government, key policy makers and other stakeholders:

We’re also members of the Optometric Fees Negotiating Committee (OFNC), the recognised body for General Ophthalmic Services (GOS) fees and grants for community optometry. We work alongside colleagues from ABDO, the British Medical Association (BMA) and FODO to negotiate fees and grants for GOS. 

We respond to consultations

We are consulted by government, the General Optical Council (GOC), National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and other bodies on a wide-range of topics, including professional standards, clinical guidance or regulation. We regularly respond with other optical bodies through the OC.

Find out more about our consultation work