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Continuing Education and Training (CET) allowance

Published on 01 July 2021

The Continuing Education and Training (CET) allowance is paid in respect of any training undertaken in the previous calendar year.

View PCA(O)2020(13) for full details.

Forms should be printed off, signed and returned electronically. The date for submission of these claim forms was Monday 30 November 2020.

Email your form to: nss.psdgospayteam@nhs.scot - please ensure the subject line for your email states: "CET Allowance Claim".

Paper forms will no longer be accepted.

Access the CET Allowance claim form.

Who can apply?

There are two categories of professionals who can apply.

Optometrists and ophthalmic medical practitioners

The allowance for continuing education and training (CET) is payable to optometrists (other than corporate bodies carrying on the business of optometrists) and ophthalmic medical practitioners (OMP) who:

  • have been included on an NHS board’s ophthalmic list for at least six months during the year of the claim
  • have maintained their professional registration both with the General Optical Council for optometrists, and with the General Medical Council for OMPs
  • have undertaken appropriate CET during the relevant year
  • have had medical and optical activity as their only remunerated practices within the conduct of general ophthalmic services during the relevant year.

Optometrist independent prescribers

An allowance for Independent Prescribers Continuing Education and Training (IPCET) is payable to optometrist independent prescribers who:

  • have been included on an NHS board’s ophthalmic list for at least six months during the year of the claim
  • have been registered with a host health board as an optometrist independent prescriber for a period of at least six months during the year of the claim
  • have maintained their professional registration with the General Optical Council and have been registered as an optometrist independent prescriber
  • have undertaken appropriate IPCET during the preceding year.

The independent prescribing code should be noted on the form and will be checked by Practitioner Services prior to payment.

If your name is included in the ophthalmic list of more than one board, you should make the claim in respect of the NHS board for whom you provide the greatest proportion of general ophthalmic services.

Only one CET allowance or IPCET allowance may be paid in respect of any one person for appropriate CET or IPCET undertaken by that person during the relevant year to which the claim relates.

Don't hesitate to get in touch with any queries around claims for CET allowances.

Email: nss.psdgospayteam@nhs.scot