Community Optometry South Yorkshire ICB Training and Development Offer  

South Yorkshire ICB is funding a range of training opportunities to support Clinical and Professional Development for the Primary Care Optometry workforce. The opportunity is available to Optometrists, Dispensing Opticians and Contact Lens Opticians working in Primary Care within South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw.  This training offer was developed in partnership with the SY LOCs.

Please note this is separate to the funded training offered by Health Education England in late 2022 and the current Health Education England offer for Core Competency.

Summary from the Royal College of Optometrists Find out what higher qualification means for you

South Yorkshire ICB Training and Development Offer

These training opportunities cover the following areas, many of which are now making use of remote / distance learning:

  • Professional Certificates (capped at £1k)
  • Professional Higher Certificates (capped at £1.5k)
  • Professional Diplomas (capped at £1.5k)
  • Independent Prescribing (IP) course and TCFA assessment fee (capped at £2.5k)
  • ABDO Courses (including Contact Lens, Low Vision (£2.5k) and Optical Assistant Course (£1.2k)
  • OCT qualifications (capped at £1.5k)

Availability of Places

The number of funded courses has been modelled to achieve coverage across South Yorkshire. If the funding is oversubscribed, then places will be considered based on criteria, for instance applicants in employed roles may be prioritised over locums, or based on the geographic area that applicants work within. The training opportunity will remain open until the available funding has been utilised, rather than having a specific deadline or cut-off date.


Applicants are required to meet the course involvement criteria, including where applicable be GOC registered and on the Ophthalmic Performers List for England, and to be working within an Optometry Practice South Yorkshire.

Course Funding

The funding will cover the full cost for ABDO Access Courses and applicants will be required to pay £250 towards the cost of all other courses. Applicants can select the Institution and course of their choice, though course fees will be capped so applicants will need to meet costs above the following (inclusive of applicant contribution):

Applicants are required to fund the course up-front and will then be reimbursed for the fees by the Training Hub. If you do not complete the course, NHS SY ICB reserves the right to recover the course fees.

Backfill Funding

The funding can include some backfill costs where a course requires in-person attendance.

For the IP courses, the funding would include support for the Clinical Supervisor costs. You will need to arrange your supervisor before funding is released but this should not delay you submitting an Expression of Interest.

How to express an interest for this training and development offer

If you are interested in applying for funding to support you or your team, please complete the Expression of Interest and submit this to at the South Yorkshire Primary Care Workforce and Training Hub.

Expression of Interest form