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?

Fri 10 August 18 | LOCSU Hot Briefs 73 & 74
Here are the Latest Hot Briefs from LOCSU for August 2018 Hot Brief Issue 73 - Aug 18 - Guidance on Record Keeping Hot Brief Issue 74 - Aug 18 - Guidance on Overseas Visitor Charging Regulations and Eye Care Services


Tue 24 July 18 | Specialist keratoconus symposium Hertford UK, October 2018
Taking on the challenge of keratoconus  management with contact lenses The expanding role for sclerals Wednesday 10th, Thursday 11th, Friday 12th October 2018 Presented by Hertford Optometry and Contact Lens Practice The Castle, Hertford, Herts, SG14 1HR, UK. For further information and booking go to: Keratoconus Symposium October 2018
Wed 16 May 18 | Reminder Hampshire LOC AGM 06 June 2018

Reminder of Annual General Meeting – 06 June 2018

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Hampshire LOC will be held on Wednesday 06 June 2018  at Norton Park Hotel, Sutton Scotney, Nr Winchester SO21 3NB.  Registration for the event will commence at 18:00hrs. 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. Prior to the AGM starting there will be a talk by our guest speaker Mr James Kirwan MA FRCOphth. The title of Mr Kirwan’s talk is: “Priority Setting for Glaucoma: Are we managing it NICEly?” Attendees will be able to claim one CET point for the lecture. Click on the following for the Agenda for the evening, previous Minutes, the Chair's Report and Finance spreadsheet. We currently have two vacancies on the Management Committee for representatives (ideally Fareham & Gosport and Southampton City) but this is not set in stone. Unfortunately no nominations have been forthcoming since the LOC sent out the notification of the AGM. If you wish to be a part of the management committee please speak to Roisin Carruthers (Chair) or Anne Gill (Hon Secretary) on the night. There are still places available to attend the AGM so please support your LOC and confirm your intention to attend including GOC Number and any dietary requirements by emailing isilk@hampshireloc.org.uk  before Monday, 28 May 2018.

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