Contractors praise new CET claims process

19 July 2018

Optical contractors claiming CET grants have given a thumbs-up to the new online process.

The new process, announced in a recent LOCSU Hot Brief to ophthalmic contractors, was unveiled earlier this month when the window for 2018 CET claims opened on 2nd July.

Outlining his positive experience of the system, Stewart Mitchell, said: “I was really impressed with the process. It was straight forward, streamlined and the submission form is easy to understand. Plus, when submitting via PCSE portal, I received confirmation of the claim the same day.”

Stewart told LOCSU, that his claim was also approved on the day it was submitted and that he received his grant in the next available payment run. The optometrist, whose practice is situated in Bradford, said that some contractors may not be familiar with their ODS Code but that an NHS Digital email and telephone hotline can supply this promptly.

“I would urge contractors to make use of the PSCE online submission service, it’s quite straight forward,” said Stewart.

Claims for CET undertaken by ophthalmic practitioners between 1 January to 31 December 2017 must be submitted before 1 November 2018. 

Full details of the new process can be found on the PSCE section of the LOCSU website where you can also download a copy of the 2018 CET Claim Form.

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