Clinical Governance

The optometric professional bodies and the LOC encourage practices to undertake clinical governance activity as this is good professional practice.

There is an excellent toolkit ‘Quality in optometry Toolkit’ (QiO) to assist practices achieve the desired objectives for clinical governance activity.

However, unlike the other primary care contractors there is no requirement in the new contract (August 2008) for optometrists to provide evidence of clinical governance activity to NHS England and CCG’s other than information to demonstrate they comply with contractual and legal requirements.

If a practice undertakes to provide enhanced services they may be required to provide clinical governance information but this should be taken into account when the fee for the service is agreed.

The Quality in Optometry Toolkit has been updated to reflect the new GOS contract. Level 1, now reflects the requirements for Contract Monitoring. It contains useful information to enable you to prepare for a Contract Monitoring visit. There is a checklist of areas together with help links and links to further information. Level 2 will enable practices to fulfil requirements for enhanced services. Level 3 covers advanced clinical governance activities for those who wish to use this.

The Quality in Optometry toolkit is a valuable tool for practices and will record clinical governance activity as well as act as source of information.


What’s New?

Thu 28 February 19 | Eye Health Needs Assessment and other useful Infomation
NHSE South Region (Wessex) have released the Eye Health Needs Assessment 2018 (EHNA) for all to view together with other useful information. Please feel free to use the following link which is also available on our NHS England website page


Sat 16 February 19 | New from LOCSU - Data Security and Protection Toolkit Update
Please see LOCSU's latest news about DSPT on QiO for your information. https://www.locsu.co.uk/what-we-do/communications/news-flashes/data-security-and-protection-toolkit-update/ Any queries, please email LOCSU at info@locsu.co.uk.
Sat 16 February 19 | Optometrist Required in Winchester
Optometrist Required for Winchester Independent: We are looking for a full time optom to join our happy team. Great salary and benefits in the beautiful historic town of Winchester, Hampshire. The ideal candidate will be interested in myopia management and dry eye assessment - if you are interested but not yet very experienced, training in these areas (and also in OCT interpretation) can be provided. We have a large team of skilled support staff, with five qualified Dispensing Opticians and also three part-time Optoms who you would be working alongside, as we have several consulting rooms and run double clinics on most days. Appointment times are 30 to 40 minutes (with pre-screening OCT) and our varied patient base ensures interesting day to day clinics and outside of work we enjoy the odd social gathering too! Contact cshipway@eyes.co.uk for further info.

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