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General Ophthalmic Services (GOS) contract applications

To deliver ophthalmic services on behalf of the NHS, you need to apply for a General Ophthalmic Services (GOS) contract. 

    London region pilot scheme (begins 16 September 2019)

    We are running a pilot scheme in the London region to help standardise the processes involved in applying for a GOS contract. If you are an existing GOS contractor, you do not need to reapply.  This service is for new GOS contract applications only.

    On this page you will find forms for:

    • GOS contract applications for an individual or partnership
    • GOS contract applications for a corporate body
    • GOS contract applications for a dispensing-only practice
    • termination of a GOS contract

    You can find out more information about the pilot in the GOS contract application pilot briefing document (Word: 60KB).

    Contractors not in the London region pilot scheme​​​​​

    This information is only for ophthalmic contractors within the London region pilot scheme.  If you are outside this region you should contact your regional team for help with your application.

    GOS contract applications

    If you are based in the London region, you need to complete the relevant application forms for your organisation.  You must also complete the declaration.  Your organisation will be either:

    • owned by an individual or partnership
    • a corporate body

    You may also want to apply to be a dispensing-only practice.

    Select your organisation type to download the relevant forms for your business.  You can find help for completing these forms in Guidance for Applicants (Word: 245KB), and also find examples of completed forms in the relevant business section.

    Dispensing-only Practices

    If you are applying to become a dispensing-only practice, download the Dispensing-Only Practice Form (Word: 237KB).

    Complete the form and send it to

    If you need help to complete this form, look at the completed Dispensing-Only Practice form example (Word: 238KB) for guidance.

    Contract Terminations

    Under the terms of the GOS contract, you can request to terminate your contract.  Your contract will be terminated 3 months after you serve notice, or at a mutually agreed date.

    If you are part of the London region pilot scheme and want to terminate your contract, download the Termination form (Word: 256KB).

    Complete the form and send it to

    If you need help to complete this form, look at the completed Termination form example (Word: 257KB) for guidance.