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?

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.
Wed 25 April 18 | Notification Of Hampshire LOC AGM - 06 June 2018
To all local Contractors and Performers in the Hampshire LOC area:

Notification of Annual General Meeting – 06 June 2018

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Hampshire LOC will be held on 06 June 2018  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 James Kirwan MA FRCOphth. Attendees will be able to claim one CET point for attending the lecture. Click on the following for the AGM Agenda 2018 (draft) for the evening, Committee Nomination Paper and the Chair's Report 2018 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 for Contractor representatives (ideally Fareham & Gosport and Southampton City) but this is not set in stone so if you wish to be nominated for a position on the Committee; you should complete the Nomination paper and return to me by Monday 14th May 2018. Please confirm your intention to attend including GOC Number and any dietary requirements or, request a proxy or postal vote by emailing isilk@hampshireloc.org.uk  by Monday, 14 May 2018. Further details together with committee nominations and postal voting or proxy paper (for those of you unable to attend) will be sent out on or about 16 May 18.   Ian Silk - Hampshire LOC Business Manager 25 April 2018
Mon 23 April 18 | LOCSU Hot Brief - Issue 68, April 2018
Dear Colleagues   Please find attached the latest Hot Brief for your information. If you have any questions please email them to jacquefooks@locsu.co.uk.

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Business Manager: Ian Silk (07808) 658143 | Postal Address: c/o 5 Lily Walk, Durrington, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP4 8ND