Applying to the NHS England Performers List

Qualified optometrists need to be included in the NHS England Ophthalmic Performers List to perform GOS sight tests in England.

Primary Care Support England (PCSE) are responsible for administering applications to National Performer Lists on behalf of NHS England. The decision to admit or decline an applicant to the National Performers List is the responsibility of NHS England.

The full process can take up to 12 weeks from the point of application, including a Face to Face (F2F) appointment for PCSE to verify the applicant’s documents. LOCSU and the Optical Confederation have been working with NHS England and PCSE to streamline the application process and minimise delays.

Pre-registration optometrists

The resources below have been designed to help pre-registration optometrists navigate the Ophthalmic Performers List application process and obtain their OPL number as quickly as possible after qualifying.

Pre-registration optometrists may make an application to the Ophthalmic Performers List up to 3 months in advance of their expected qualification date but they cannot be admitted to the List until they have full registration with the GOC.

PCSE will be providing F2F appointments in London between 14 - 25 September 2017 for pre-registration optometrists who are sitting the College OSCEs.  It is strongly recommended you take the opportunity to have your F2F appointment at the OSCEs in London as this will speed up your application.

Please note all references to 'July 2017' in the video guides can be substituted with 'September 2017' as the process is exactly the same. 

Video guide for pre-reg optometrists
applying to the NHS England Performers List in 2017

Video guide to completing an NPL1 form
for optometrists applying to the NHS England Performers List





NPL1 application form 

F2F Request Form September 2017 OSCEs 

F2F Preference Form September 2017 OSCEs 

F2F appointment checklist for applicants to the Performers List 

Qualified optometrists

Qualified optometrists who are returning to work or applying to the Performers List for the first time will also find the resources useful. Once your application has been received, PCSE will contact you to arrange a F2F appointment in your region.

Once you have submitted an application to the Ophthalmic Performers List you will receive and a case reference number eg. CAS-12345-X1Y2Z3 to be quoted in all future correspondence.

To enquire about the status of an application to the Ophthalmic Performers List you should contact with “Case reference - NPL1 - forename, surname - GOC number” in the email subject line.   

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