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Continuing Education and Training (CET) allowance

Published on 11 November 2021

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

Digital claims must be received by Sunday 31 October 2021.

Who can apply?

There are two categories of professionals who can apply.

Optometrists and ophthalmic medical practitioners

The allowance of £590 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

The allowance of £884 for Independent Prescribers Continuing Education and Training (IPCET) is payable to optometrist independent prescribers who:

  • were registered as an independent prescriber during 2020
  • were included on the Ophthalmic List of an NHS Board and registered with a host Board as an independent prescriber for at least six months during 2020
  • have maintained their professional registration with the General Optical Council and have been registered as an optometrist independent prescriber
  • have undertaken appropriate IPCET in 2020 (in the period 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020 inclusive)

If you have any queries regarding claiming for the CET allowance please contact us using the following email address.

Email: nss.psdgospayteam@nhs.scot