Clinical Governance

The optometric professional bodies and the LOC encourage practices to undertake clinical governance activity as this is good professional practice.

There is an excellent toolkit ‘Quality in optometry Toolkit’ (QiO) to assist practices achieve the desired objectives for clinical governance activity.

However, unlike the other primary care contractors there is no requirement in the new contract (August 2008) for optometrists to provide evidence of clinical governance activity to NHS England and CCG’s other than information to demonstrate they comply with contractual and legal requirements.

If a practice undertakes to provide enhanced services they may be required to provide clinical governance information but this should be taken into account when the fee for the service is agreed.

The Quality in Optometry Toolkit has been updated to reflect the new GOS contract. Level 1, now reflects the requirements for Contract Monitoring. It contains useful information to enable you to prepare for a Contract Monitoring visit. There is a checklist of areas together with help links and links to further information. Level 2 will enable practices to fulfil requirements for enhanced services. Level 3 covers advanced clinical governance activities for those who wish to use this.

The Quality in Optometry toolkit is a valuable tool for practices and will record clinical governance activity as well as act as source of information.


What’s New?

Mon 24 April 17 | Notification of Annual General Meeting – 06 June 2017
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Hampshire LOC will be held on 06 June 2017  at Norton Park Hotel, Sutton Scotney, Nr Winchester SO21 3NB.  Registration for the event will commence at 18:00hrs. Prior to the AGM starting there will be a talk by our guest speaker Mr Jay Self BM FRCOphth PhD, Associate Professor, Consultant Ophthalmologist and specialist in paediatric ophthalmology entitled “Working with kids: tips and cautionary tales”. Attendees will be able to claim one CET point for attending the lecture. Click on the following for the Agenda for the evening, Committee Nomination and the Chair's Report . We hope that as many of you as possible will attend the meeting to hear all about the LOC’s activities in the past year and proposals for the coming year. We currently have two vacancies on the Management Committee (one Contractor and one Performer) so if you wish to be nominated for a position on the Committee; you should complete the nomination paper and return to Hampshire LOC Business Manager by Friday 12 May 2017. If you are uncertain as to which category you may wish to be considered for, please contact me for further advice. Please confirm your intention to attend or request a proxy or postal vote by emailing isilk@hampshireloc.org.uk  by Friday, 12 May 2017. The results of any committee nominations will be circulated in advance of the AGM along with a postal voting or proxy paper for those of you unable to attend the meeting.


Tue 11 April 17 | Open Sight Hampshire - April Newsletter
Please find attached the latest edition of ‘Second Sight ’ magazine. As ever, I very much hope there are articles of interest and use to you, colleagues, clients and service users.
Tue 28 March 17 | Four Seasons CET Event 10 May 17
Four Seasons Optometry Education, has another CET event scheduled for 10th May 2017. The topic will be "Oculoplastics Update". As usual, it will be an engaging and interactive event. One CET has been approved for the event. Spaces are limited. Applicants should reserve early and ensure they’re able to attend. There will be a reserve list and any queries should be directed to fourseasonsoptometry@gmail.com. More information and how to register is available via the following link

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Business Manager: Ian Silk (07808) 658143 | Postal Address: c/o Spire Business Solutions, Unit 21, Portway Business Centre, Old Sarum, Salisbury SP4 6QX