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Pre-registration training grants

About Pre-Registration Training Grant Claims

An ophthalmic contractor who is providing supervision of the training of a pre-registration optometrist is able to make a claim fora pre-registration supervisor training grant. 

The allowance paid to contractors is set out by the Department of Health on an annual basis, and PCSE processes these claims in behalf of NHS England.


Submitting a Pre-Reg Training grant claim

To submit a new PRT claim:

  • Go to the online form on the 'Contact Us' page
  • Select the 'Ophthalmic Payments' option from the 'type of enquiry' drop down menu
  • Choose 'Ophthalmic General Enquiry (Ophthalmic Payments)'
  • Click on 'Pre-reg training grant'
  • Complete the necessary details and attach the application form in the upload section.
  • Submit

You will receive acknowledgement of your submission and a case reference number should you need to follow up.


Contractors can either claim the full value of the grant at the end of the pre-registration year or in two installments (one after six months and the other at the end of the pre-registration year). Please note the application form needs to be signed by the contractor, supervisor and trainee.

The amount payable for claims on or after 1 April 2021 is £3762 for 12 months.


The Pre-Reg Trainee needs to be enrolled on the College of Optometrists Scheme for Registration or the MSci Optometry at Manchester University.