About NES Optometry
NES Optometry exists to up-skill Community Optometrists in Scotland
NES Optometry exists to up-skill Scottish Community Optometrists, who provide NHS care under the General Ophthalmic Services (GOS) contract, to enable them to provide high quality eyecare and to improve the ocular health of patients throughout Scotland. One of the key recommendations arising from the Review of Community Eyecare Services in Scotland (Scottish Executive, 2006) was the requirement to set and maintain national standards that could be adapted and implemented locally.
In 2006, Optometrists agreed a new contract with the Scottish Government Health Department (SGHD) which encourages the profession to take a more active part in primary eyecare of non-sight threatening eye disease. This is quite a different contract from the limited one in force in the rest of the UK. To support the change in working practice, SGHD has made new funding of £1million (recurring) available, managed by NES Optometry, to support the professional development of GOS contracted Optometrists. NES Optometry has been actively developing a structured programme of optometric training for all Community Optometrists in Scotland who provide NHS care and is currently developing its strategy around three main areas:
- Development of clinical skills and clinical networks
- CPD Provision
- Roll out to other groups