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New Performers

If you are a optometrist wanting to provide eye care services for the NHS in England, you need apply to join the Ophthalmic Performers List for England.

This includes pre-reg opticians, ophthalmic practitioners from the rest of the UK who are moving to England to practice and opticians from abroad. Inclusion on any other Performers List is not transferable and a new application is necessary.

Register for PCSE Online quickly and easily via the tile below. You'll need an email address and your GOC number to complete the process.  

Performer List

Register to use PCSE Online - Choose 'register as a Performers List Applicant' (See left). Do not to use a student email address to register.

Complete the Applicant Registration form - Use your email address as your username, enter and confirm your GOC number, and choose a password.

Verify your email address - Click on the verification link sent to your email, this can take up to 72hrs. Check your junk/spam folders.

Gather your documentation - There's a full list of mandatory documents in our Performer List Application guide below.

Complete the application form - The Performer List Application guide takes you through the form step by step.

Track the progress of your application - Use PCSE Online to view the status of your application.


PCSE Online has been designed to be user-friendly. However, if you find you do need some support, please view one of our user guides below.

Important message for New Ophthalmic Performers

From 1 July 2021 onwards, applicants who wish to join the performers list no longer have to provide evidence of entitlement to enter and work in the UK. 

You will still need to provide your ID documents i.e. passport during the application process. 

There are guides on this page to help you with the application process.

Please note, it is the responsibility of your employer to ensure you provide the correct evidence of the right to work and settled status, as part of their employment checks. 

Once your application to the Performers List has been approved by NHS England, your inclusion letter will be available immediately to download from PCSE Online.

Once you have been included on the Ophthalmic Performers List, you should enter your GOC number (starting with ’01-‘) in the ‘Performers number’ box in the Performer Declaration section of GOS claims that you complete.

Ophthalmic Medical Performers should enter their GMC number.

Please note the historic Performer List number format that was based on Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) e.g. OPL/01-99999/5D7  is no longer in use, so the only number you need is your GOC (or GMC) number.


If you have any questions about joining the Ophthalmic Performers List, you can contact us via the online enquiries form on our Contact Us page or call our Customer Support Centre on 0333 014 2884

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