Optometric Fees Negotiating Committee

The recognised negotiating body for General Ophthalmic Service (GOS) fees and grants for community optometry

Girl having sight test

The Association of Optometrists is a member of the Optometric Fees Negotiating Committee (OFNC). Other members include the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO), the British Medical Association (BMA) and the Federation of Opticians.

Membership of the OFNC

  • Paul Carroll (Optometrist, FODO) - Chair
  • Henrietta Alderman (CEO, AOP)
  • Peter Hampson (Optometrist, AOP)
  • Gordon Ilett (Optometrist, AOP) 
  • Tushar Majithia (Optometrist, AOP)
  • Harjit Sandhu (CEO, FODO)
  • David Hewlett (FODO)
  • Sir Anthony Garrett (CEO, ABDO)
  • Simon Longstaff (OMP , BMA)
  • Alan Tinger (FODO)
  • Professor Nagasubramanian (OMP, BMA)
  • Tom Andrews (BMA).

Secretary: Tony Stafford (AOP)
Observers: Mike Fegan (Chair, LOCSU), Richard Whittington (COO, LOCSU)

The OFNC can be contacted via [email protected]

Latest bid to NHS England for fees and grants for 2020-21

Summary

The OFNC bid for: 

  • A 2.5% increase in the GOS sight test fee 
  • An increase of 3% in CET grants
  • A 5% increase in pre-registrant supervisor grants of 5%

We also proposed that this year’s GOS fees negotiation should mark the start of a strategic discussion between the OFNC and NHS England about the future of optometry services in England, and the way that optometry can be resourced to meet growing eye health care demand and reduce pressures on secondary care and GPs.

The Department of Health and Social Care has announced that the GOS sight test fee in England is being frozen in 2020/21 for a fifth consecutive year. CET grants and pre-registration supervisor grants will increase by 2%.
 
The OFNC has told DHSC that this decision is unjustified and has rejected the offer, so the freeze will be imposed without agreement. 

During the COVID-19 crisis the OFNC is focusing on working with NHS England to ensure practices can safely continue to provide patient care. Once this period is over the OFNC will initiate discussions with NHS England on the future role of the primary care optical sector, including enabling more eye care to be delivered in primary care settings.

Relevant documents for the 2020/21 financial year are:

  

Previous year's bids

Papers relating to previous years’ bids can be downloaded here: