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I have cover with my employer, why do I need the AOP?

You can rely on us to protect, support and represent you during these challenging times. Don't settle for anything less.

optometristemployee

“Dealing with my case in a prompt time frame was helpful and enabled me to move forward quickly. Empowering me on a matter I was fearful over and terrified of employer repercussion. I am extremely grateful for Henry’s support and assistance. I've always found this to be the case dealing with the legal team. Thank you”

 

 

You can rely on the AOP

If you have a problem with work

Whether you need advice and support during a redundancy, grievance or disciplinary procedure, you’re looking to understand the government support available, or want help to negotiate a new employment contract, you can rely on us. We offer clear, practical and expert employment advice, and can provide a union representative to accompany members to hearings and meetings. 

For unrivalled legal advice and defence

Last year over 6000 members turned to our specialist legal and regulatory team for support. Whether it’s a patient complaint or GOC investigation, our legal team offers advice, and unrivalled defence when it’s needed, to secure the best possible outcome. We also use the learnings from legal cases to inform our education programme, ensuring all members can benefit from our expertise. 

To be your voice 

We work to influence the Government, the NHS and the GOC in your interests – including arguing for changes to the GOC’s strategic plan, regulatory statements, CET scheme and education rules. We work with others in UK optometry to negotiate better NHS support for optical practices. And we deliver successful media campaigns to raise public awareness of eye health issues. 

For expert clinical advice and guidance

We help our members to deliver a high level of patient care and practise safely. Whatever your mode of practice we can help you with professional and clinical queries, and explain how to safely navigate regulatory, NHS and public health guidelines. Defence when it’s needed, to secure the best possible outcome. We also use the learnings from legal cases to inform our education programme, ensuring all members can benefit from our expertise.