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.
Read our 2021 member benefits booklet to find out what’s new this year
There are so many reasons why optical professionals join and stay with us. Here are some of the key benefits
Core services and benefits
We deliver our award-winning 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our secure online tool can help AOP member GOS contractors in England who are currently the subject of a GOS reclaim or concerned about possible GOS reclaims in future.
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.
AOP members receive automatic cover through Markel Tax in respect of tax investigations and VAT disputes as a right of membership, worth more than £400.
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.
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.
Affinity partner benefits
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.
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.
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.
AOP members benefit from debt collection services through John Whitewood Finance, who are specialists in legal and investigation services.
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.