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?

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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