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 20 December 17 | Safeguarding Training for Opticians
Dorset and Hampshire Safeguarding Board run a series of safeguarding courses and Primary Care Commissioning Support at NHSE are looking into the courses being run for the primary care contractors.  At present they offer a series of courses that are run during the day.  These courses are topic specific.  The courses cover level 1, Level 2 and level 3.  The course materials will be available on the safeguarding boards website. Can you let Primary Care Commissioning Support (details below) know if you  would be interested in attending safeguarding training and what levels you would be interested in.   When is the best time to hold the training events?  ie a whole day, half day session in either morning or afternoon or evening only.   How much notice would needs need when the training sessions are organised.? Please email your thoughts as soon as possible so that they can look into arranging the training sessions.   Contact details: Helen Wardle Primary Care Commissioning Support  South Region (Wessex) NHS England Oakley Road | Southampton | Hampshire | SO16 4GX Telephone 0113 824 9850 Email Helen.wardle@nhs.net


Tue 19 December 17 | Heidelberg Engineering OCT Event 20 February 2018
OCT live will be coming to Winchester again on 20 February 2018. See the attached Roadshow flyer Winchester 2018 To book your place go to: https://form.jotformeu.com/73244122584352
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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