Documents for Practitioners

There are various documents on this page. Some relate to particular shared care schemes, including details of how to become accredited.

GM Area Team Contact details

Contact details for the Area Team are contained in this document:

Area Team Contact Details updated 281013.pdf

BUT, note the that email address for the area team has changed (June 17) and is now: (replacing

The rest of the document will be updated in due course.

NHS Mail

The service desk is now handled by GM Shared Services (part of North West Commissioning Support Unit) and the phone number is 0161 765 6688. If you get locked out of your account, give them a ring.

Interpreting Services, including sign language

Stockport CCG provide access to interpreting services for all NHS Primary Care appointments. Full details are in the guide:

Opticians Staff Guide to Interpretation 2016.pdf


Try to help those reading your referrals by writing clearly or, better still, typing the referral.

A PDF version of the latest GOS18 is available to use, developed by Peter Hampson for the AOP. Simply copy to your hard disc and open with Acrobat Reader. Use TAB to move through the fields. If you wish to keep each referral on disc you will need to save it with a different name each time. Otherwise, after printing, just close without saving and it will be blank again next time.

This first version is for completion and then printing for signature:

GOS18 Electronic-Final.pdf

This second version allows for digitally signing the referral. There are also instructions explaining digital signatures:

GOS18 Electronic with digital signature -Final.pdf

GOS 18 signature guidance.pdf


Young children are screened for poor vision and squints at the local community clinics by orthoptists. If they suspect a problem they are seen by the optometrists at Stepping Hill Hospital. They may later be discharged for refraction in community practices under GOS, with follow up at the hospital. It is helpful to provide a report to the orthoptists following a sight test and the following form may be used:

There is a leaflet on children's vision on the leaflets page

Cataract Enhanced Services

Direct Referral and Post-operative care

You can download information on the services here, including details of how to become accredited:

Accreditation is by completion of the LOCSU/WOPEC training CD. Full details and an accreditation form are contained in the pack. You should complete and return the form to join the scheme.

Incident Reporting

The PCT collects anonymised data on incidents that may affect patient well-being. The explanatory letter is available here:

The incident reporting form can be downloaded here and should be returned by fax to 0161 426 5999 or posted to Vanessa Bryan at Stockport PCT:

Waiting Room Notice

The approved notice for display in the waiting room can be downloaded here in Word format for personalising to your practice. It includes statements about hygiene, complaints and data. It is a requirement of the GOS contract to display an appropriate notice.

GOS Claim Form

This is the new (April 2011) claim form for use whan submitting claims to LASCA.

Vouchers for 2nd pairs

The protocol to guide you as to whether a request for a 2nd pair is likely to be approved is available here:

GOS4 for Adults

Advice here from the Area Team on applications for help with the cost of repairs for eligible adults and which are due to a medical condition or illness.

Advice Re adult GOS4 applications - March 2014.pdf