Access to Eye Tests for Seldom Heard Groups

One of NHS England’s and Wessex LEHN (Local Eye Health Network) priorities in respect of eye health for 2017/2018 is to ensure better access to eye tests for Seldom Heard Groups. ‘Seldom Heard’ is a term used to describe groups who may experience barriers to accessing services or are under-represented in healthcare decision making and include:

  • Patients with Dementia
  • People with Learning Disabilities
  • The Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • People whose first language is not English
  • Homeless People
  • Gypsy, Travellers and Roma Communities

In order to understand their needs and priorities, we would like to know if you provide services for these specific groups of patients, how you provide the services and any challenges you have.

We have produced a survey online that should only take 5-10 minutes to complete.   This important survey will help us to identify gaps in services, and  assist us with ensuring patients access the services they need and inform us on how we can help you provide services to these patients.  The survey will open on Monday 26 June 2017 and Closes 23 Jul 2017.

To complete the survey please click on the link provided below.

Thank you for your assistance.


Helen Wardle

Primary Care Commissioning Support 

South Region (Wessex)

NHS England

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Wed 04 October 17 | Rawlings - Full-Time Optometrist required
Business is growing so we are looking for an exceptional and ambitious Optometrist to join our high performing teams across Hampshire. If you are a great communicator with sound commercial awareness, who likes spending time to get to know their patients wants and needs, we can offer you a competitive salary plus a great benefits package including:

  • Bonus scheme
  • Pension scheme with life assurance
  • Professional Indemnity Insurance
  • Professional support and development opportunities
  • Staff discounts
Rawlings Opticians is an independent company founded in Croydon in 1895 with long established practices serving the communities of eight towns across Hampshire and Surrey. We have built a strong reputation for the quality of our professional expertise and service. Our aim is to be the preferred choice for eye care in each of our locations and we recognise the importance our patients place on the individual attention they expect to receive. Levels of service are built around these expectations and we achieve this by attracting and retaining top quality clinical and administrative personnel. We are proud to be silver level Investors in People and as well as enjoying company social activities we encourage our employees in further training through various channels including sponsoring conference places and courses. Our employee mix includes Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians with over 30 years’ experience as well as newly qualified staff who can be assured of being supported by their colleagues. If you are interested in a position at Rawlings please send your CV with a covering letter to or by post to The Human Resources Director, Rawlings Opticians, 60/61 High Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9BX.
Wed 27 September 17 | Optometrist Required at Nuffield Southampton
Optometrist required at the Nuffield, Southampton. One day a week, probably Monday to start with. Highly varied anterior segment patients from post corneal transplant, through refractive cataract, ICL and LVC. Contact:

David F. Anderson

PhD FRCOphth MB BS CCST Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon | University Hospitals Southampton NHS FT Hon. Senior Lecturer in Ophthalmology | University of Southampton Director | Anderson Eye Care Ltd Email: Website: Facebook: Andersoneyecareuk Twitter: @AndersonEye
Wed 23 August 17 | CET Event 18 October 2017 - Glaucoma OCT and AMD OCT Case Studies for Optometrists
Logo lockup V This is an invitation for Optometrists to 2 interactive workshops provided and led by Topcon on the subjects of Glaucoma and AMD using OCT on Wednesday 18 October 2017. There are six CET points available for attendees. If you wish to attend please complete the the reply form by going to the following link Invitation/Reply and completing as indicated. There are only 20 places available so once the places are filled you will be placed on a reserve list. If you do not hear from the LOC Business Manager by email then please accept that you have been placed on the reserve list.  

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