NHS England

NHS England (Wessex)

Useful Contact details: NHS England South (Wessex) June 16


Optometric Adviser

Steve Taylor – Optometric Adviser for Wessex

Email address: steve.taylor16@nhs.net

 


The Accessible Information Standard

NHS England have introduced the Accessible Information Standard which is a legal requirement for all providers of NHS and adult social care services in England which includes GOS contractors.

The purpose of the standard is to ensure that people who have communication needs because of a disability or sensory loss receive information in a suitable format, ideally of their choice.

From 1 April 2016 you should, as a matter or normal routine practice, ask patients about their communication needs they may have and ensure that you record that information on their notes.  You must follow the standard in full by 31 July 2016.

As part of the Accessible Information Standard you must do 5 things.  These are:

  1. Ask: as a matter of routine you must enquire if a new or returning patient has any information or communication support needs relating to a disability, sensory loss or other impairment.
  2. Record: clearly and consistently record those needs in the patient’s records.
  3. Alert/Flag: the record needs must be ‘highly visible’ – so that it can be seen and acted upon whenever the patient’s records is accessed.
  4. Share: you should include any information about a patient’s information and communication needs at referral, discharge and handover, following your existing data sharing processes.
  5. Act: make reasonable adjustments to ensure that people receive information in a format they can understand.

More information on the Accessible Information Standard

 More information on the Accessible Information Standard can be found on the NHS England website www.england.nhs.uk/accessibleinfo

Charities including Action on Hearing Loss, CHANGE, Sense and the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) also have information on their websites.

The ‘Information Standards Notice’, which tells organisations how and why they must follow the standard, can be accessed via the Health and Social Care Information Centre website at www.hscic.gov.uk/isce/publication/scci1605

 The Optical Confederation have also put together a couple of fact sheets that can be accessed by clicking the link http://www.opticalconfederation.org.uk/resources/guidance


What’s New?

Thu 27 September 18 | Pre-Authorisation of Adult GOS 4 Claims
NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) have been asked by NHS England to run a national pilot for the pre-authorisation of adult GOS 4 vouchers. It is envisaged that this pilot will begin in November 2018. For more information on this important development please see the attached briefing from NHS Business Services Authority.


Mon 17 September 18 | LOC Committee Meetings - Future Dates
All dates for forthcoming LOC Committee meetings are published below. Meetings are 18:15 for an 18:30 start. Meetings are open to all Hampshire LOC members. If you wish to attend please email the Business Manager isilk@hampshireloc.org.uk well in advance of the meeting you wish to attend.
  • 22 Nov 18 – Novotel Southampton
  • 22 Jan 19 – Causeway Business Centre, Petersfield
  • 02 Apr 19 – Novotel Southampton
  • 05 Jun 19 – AGM (venue tbc)
  • 09 Jul 19 – Causeway Business Centre, Petersfield
  • 03 Sep 19 – Novotel Southampton
  • 10 Dec 19 – Causeway Business Centre, Petersfield

Mon 17 September 18 | LOCSU Latest - September Edition
Please click the link below to view LOCSU Latest September edition for your information.  Please feel free to pass on to any colleagues who may be interested. September Newsletter

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