Contract Monitoring

Primary Care Commissioning Support (Wessex) carries out Contract Monitoring Visits on behalf of NHS England.

NHS England has a requirement placed upon it for formally reviewing the compliance of NHS ophthalmic contractors, both new and existing, with the requirements of their NHS GOS contracts and with relevant legislation.

A protocol for the visits is based on national guidance and the details can be found at http://www.england.nhs.uk/eye-heath/

Questions about the interpretation or application of this protocol should be directed in the first instance to:

Helen Wardle, Primary Care Commissioning Support (Wessex), NHS England, First Floor, Oakley Road, Southampton, Hampshire, SO16 4GX

Telephone 0113 824 9850

Helen.wardle@nhs.net    or   england.wessexoptometry@nhs.net

The Quality in Optometry toolkit, Level 1, contains helpful guidance and documentation for contract monitoring requirements.

Optical Confederation publishes safeguarding guidance

The Optical Confederation has published guidance on safeguarding children and vulnerable adults for optical practitioners and optical practices.

The guidance, developed in collaboration with the College of Optometrists and the Department of Health, sets out what optical staff and practices need to do. Details of common signs and symptoms of abuse and neglect are included with a simple protocol which all optical practitioners and staff can follow.

The guidance is supported by an online training model.

 The areas where significant numbers of contractors were failing to comply on a regular basis are:

  • Awareness of local child protection arrangements
  • Lone worker policy
  • Chaperone policy
  • Informing patient in writing of details of their referral

See the Quality on Optometry toolkit for help in these areas or

http://www.4lscb.org.uk/hampshire or http://www.nice.org.uk/nicemedia/pdf/CG89QuickRefGuide.pdf


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