Members of staff can apply to Eyecare for funding for pieces of equipment, research or projects, any of which are not funded by the NHS.
Firstly you should have already established with management that the item/s or project you intend to apply for will not be funded through normal NHS channels.
You should also bear in mind that on large pieces of equipment (not handheld items) that you factor into account not just the price of the equipment itself, but "ongoing support" as well. For example, if the equipment requires maintenance, or breaks down, who will cover the costs?
Note that previous successful applicants included in their costs for equipment, a five-year warranty, and/or an agreement with NHS management that they will cover future maintence costs. This is essential as we cannot approve large items of equipment for purchase without any degree of support or maintenance contract. Eyecare itself will NOT cover on-going maintenance.
The Grant Application Form you will require is listed below. Note: The form is only accessible to staff logged on through the NHS Lothian computer network.