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?

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 hr@eyes.co.uk 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: david@andersoneyecare.co.uk Website: www.andersoneyecare.co.uk 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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Business Manager: Ian Silk (07808) 658143 | Postal Address: c/o Spire Business Solutions, Unit 21, Portway Business Centre, Old Sarum, Salisbury SP4 6QX