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GOS Mandatory Training

General Ophthalmic Services Mandatory Training

As part of the 2018 amendments to the General Ophthalmic Services (GOS) (Scotland) Regulations, there is a requirement for all Optometrists and Ophthalmic Medical Practitioners working under GOS in Scotland to undertake annual mandatory training: PCA(O)(2018)01, PCA(O)(2019)02 and PCA(O)2019(3).

The first period of GOS mandatory training covers a 27 month period from 1 October 2018 to 31 December 2020 inclusive. However, your GOS mandatory training must be submitted no later than 13 November 2020 to ensure adequate time is available for NES Optometry to acknowledge and confirm satisfactory completion by 31 December 2020.


For the second year (from January 2020), this will take the form of an online TURAS Learn module on an Introduction to Consent and Capacity in Optometric Practice in Scotland.

The module is split into 2 sections (Consent/Capacity): you must work through all required content in both sections to complete your mandatory training. 2 GOC CET points are available for completing both sections and passing the corresponding MCQs.

You will find lots of support on our Turas Learn NES Optometry GOS Mandatory Training page, such as FAQs and bookable online support drop-in sessions.


The 2018/19 Mandatory Training took the form of a First Port of Call (FPOC) Reflective Account of Practice. The profession responded very well to this first exercise, with approximately 1400 optometrists and OMPs completing the exercise by the 31/12/19.

If you are required to complete the 2018/19 exercise, and have not yet done so, please email to receive more information and supportive documents.