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.

Pre-registration optometrists who failed the College OSCEs in July 2017 or September 2017 and are re-sitting in January 2018, must contact PCSE at to inform them you are sitting the January OSCEs and wish to continue your application to the Performers List. Please quote your original case reference number when informing PCSE and you will be issued with a new case reference number to be used in all future correspondence. The majority of pre-registration optometrists who are sitting the College OSCEs in London between 15 - 18 January 2018 have already had a F2F appointment. If you have not yet had a F2F appointment scheduled, please contact to request this asap.

Please note all references to 'July 2017' in the video guides can be substituted with 'January 2018'.

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 

2F 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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Dates for the diary

Solihull LOC's AGM

St John's Hotel, 651 Warwick Rd, Solihull B91 1AT

Annual AGM

2018-10-03 19:00:00 - 2018-10-03 21:30:00

Contact name: Cathy Pike

Contact email:

National Optical Conference 2018

Chesford Grange hotel, Nr Kenilworth, Warwick CV8 2LD

Annual NOC for LOC officers and its members

2018-11-14 17:00:00 - 2018-11-15 17:30:00

Contact email:

Contact telephone number: 020 7549 2051

East Yorkshire LOC's AGM

Village Hotel, Henry Boot Way, Hull HU4 7DY

Annual AGM

2018-11-19 18:30:00 - 2018-11-19 21:00:00

Contact name: Ean Blair

Contact email:

Contact telephone number: 07768 492806

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