AIO 2021


As we have previously intimated AIO is not happy with the way that the DVLA procurement process was conducted last year. As part of a process of discovery the Association has submitted Freedom of Information requests to the Ministry of Transport and the DVLA. Depending on the responses received,  AIO may call for a formal review of the process by the Competition and Markets Authority.


Thank you to those members that responded to our survey on this subject. With a strong response rate of over 40%, the outcome is that 73% of members oppose the introduction of apprenticeships for optometry, 12% are in favour and the balance of 15% are undecided. With a strong majority of members that oppose the initiative, the Association is to continue engaging with parties which are lobbying at the minimum for a pause in the work of the Trailblazer Group to consider further whether an apprenticeship scheme is appropriate for optometry.


The 2022 AIO Conference will be held at Chesford Grange in Kenilworth on 1st and 2nd October.


We have been approached by a student looking to do their Pre Reg year in Independent practice, and the individual is happy to relocate as necessary. If you have an interest, please e-mail


As we enter into the New Year we suggest that members may want to think about the income protection insurance scheme which is available at special AIO member only terms from PG Mutual. The policy provides for a continuous income stream in the event of personal injury or ill health which prevents you from working. For more information, e-mail or call 0800 146 307 and quote AIO.