Core services

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Insurance and legal protection that gives you peace of mind

Our insurance cover and defence is tailor-made for optometrists and dispensing opticians whether you’re self-employed, an employer or a locum. We also provide vicarious liability cover for lay-practice owners.

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Optometry Today - monthly in print, daily online

We deliver our award-winning monthly journal Optometry Today directly to you in print, as well as online. Plus, we'll keep you informed about optics and eye health through our weekly newsletter.

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Specialist advice and guidance from our in-house teams

Whether you’re dealing with a legal issue, have a clinical query or simply want career advice, our in-house team of lawyers, clinical advisers and regulatory professionals offer free and confidential advice whenever you need it. 

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CET - help continuing your education and training

We offer CET online, in print and at our events so you can gain your points in a way that’s most convenient to you. Most of our CET is available to members at no additional cost.

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Representation in the profession

We give you the chance to shape the eye health agenda through our consultation responses, campaigns and Council, and we represent you to government, media and the public.

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Optical events - national and local

Enjoy access to a range of free or discounted events throughout the year, from national exhibitions, to regional peer discussions, legal road shows and courses.

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Online community forums

Through our online community forums you're connected to 16,500+ optometry professional across the UK, giving you the opportunity to network, contribute to discussions or to simply get a second opinion.

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Legal advice line for non-optometry issues

You can also access our free legal advice line 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for all legal enquiries not necessarily related to your work. The advice line can assist you with things like neighbour disputes, landlord and tenant issues, intellectual property queries, criminal enquiries and a lot more.

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HM Revenue & Customs investigations and disputes cover

AOP membership gives members automatic cover through Abbey Tax Protection in respect of tax investigations and VAT disputes as a right of membership, worth more than £400. 
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Tailored support for locum members

We provide tailored support for locum members, for example, through our AOP locum logbook. The logbook is designed to help locums keep track of items for which they are potentially responsible.

Affinity partner benefits

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Exclusive insurance products and financial advice

You’ll benefit from specialist financial advice; exclusive rates on essential home, travel and practice insurance; pension advice and retirement planning, delivered through our affinity partner Lloyd & Whyte.

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DBS checks to protect your reputation

We’ve partnered with Complete Background Screening Ltd (CBS) to provide DBS (previously CRB) checks at a reasonable rate. The partnership includes enhanced level disclosure for joining the NHS Performers List. 

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Support with your finances through debt collection services

AOP members benefit from debt collection services through John Whitewood Finance, who are specialists in legal and investigation services.

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Specialist help with your tax and accountancy needs

Access exclusive discounts on tax and accountancy services including preparation of annual profit and loss accounts, completion of personal tax returns, calculation of tax liability and a free tax refund service through TWD Accountants Limited.

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Member benefits video

Our animated video covers the main benefits of membership and explains why our members join and stay with us throughout their careers.

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