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 26 November 18 | NHSBSA Christmas Opening Hours 2018
Notice of Christmas Opening Hours NHSBSA Ophthalmic Team  Due to the NHSBSA building opening hours over Christmas the Provider Assurance Ophthalmic Team have been required to revise their working hours for the 2018 Christmas period. The revised times as discussed and agreed with NHS England are as follows: Christmas Eve - Closed all day Thursday 27th, Friday 28th and Monday 31st December - Opening hours are 8am till 4pm Normal hours commence from 2nd January 2019 8am to 4.30pm. Our website will be updated on the 1st December 2018 to reflect the revised opening hours for the Christmas period. Any queries please contact Provider Assurance Ophthalmic Team on 0300 330 9403 Linda Ross Lead Team Manager Provider Assurance Ophthalmic Team.


Mon 19 November 18 | Universal Credit and NHS GOS
Below is a link to NHS.UK website which provides information regarding Universal Credit entitlement to NHS GOS and how to record on NHS GOS forms Universal Credit - Help with Health Costs
Mon 19 November 18 | Open Sight Magazine - November 2018
The Open Sight magazine - Hampshire's principle organisation for visually impaired people - November 2018

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