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?

Mon 06 January 20 | Primary Care Networks - Feedback Required by Wednesday 15th January 2020
If you work in primary, community or social care, we want your feedback on the five national service specifications due to be delivered by #PrimaryCareNetworks from April. Share your views by 1pm on Wednesday 15 January. https://engage.england.nhs.uk/survey/primary-care-networks-service-specifications/


Fri 03 January 20 | Eye Care Survey for People with Learning Difficulties
An eye care survey for people with learning difficulties is now live  until 16 February 2020 Here the link to the survey https://bit.ly/wveyesurvey. Also attached is the Eye Care Survey Easy Read Low Res Optometrists are encouraged patients with learning difficulties and their carers to complete the survey.
Tue 24 December 19 | Hampshire LOC 3 Year Strategic Plan
Back in November the LOC Management Committee took time out to consider what the LOC stands for and operates with a  view to putting together a plan for the future in the face of an ever changing NHS and how we can best deliver services in this challenging environment. IMG_3874-2Attached is the Hampshire LOC Strategic Plan for 2019 -22 and we hope you find it of interest. If you have any thoughts we would welcome your feedback. Please email isilk@hampshireloc.org.uk and your comments will be passed to the committee. Hampshire LOC Strategic Plan 2019-22

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