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?

Wed 13 November 19 | All Contractors Portsmouth, SE Hants and Fareham & Gosport CCGs Tuesday 12th November 2019
Following our Letter to Contractors, dated 4th September 2019, we have been contacted by a number of contractors who are concerned that they are still being sent patients from St Mary’s Treatment Centre. These patients have not been seen for their post-operative care, and contractors are being expected to provide this under GOS. As per our letter, we advise contractors not to see such patients under GOS, and to refer these patients back to St Mary’s Treatment Centre. A meeting between Hampshire LOC, the CCG and St Mary’s Treatment Centre will be taking place at the end of this month. We will update all contractors following this meeting at the appropriate time. Sean Matthews Chair – Hampshire LOC


Tue 29 October 19 | LOCSU Newsletter October 2019
Here is a link to the latest LOCSU newsletter 
Tue 29 October 19 | Online Ophthalmic Payment Service Starts 28 October 2019
Message from PCSE National roll out I’m pleased to tell you that the national roll out of the online Ophthalmic Payment service starts today. The team made the final technical preparations over the weekend and the service has now successfully gone live. This means that all users of the PCSE Online service can now submit GOS 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 forms online. The full service, which launched today, has also incorporated feedback from our Early Adopter users, to deliver even better functionality. This includes the auto population of claim values in GOS3 vouchers based on prescription entered, which will greatly improve the accuracy of claims. We will also be introducing some additional enhancements over the coming weeks, as a result of early adopter feedback including:
  • extending the time out on the signature capture on GOS claims
  • allowing a Performer to create a GOS3 once they have signed the declaration on a GOS1, which improves the workflow as they don’t need to wait until the GOS 1 has been submitted.
We expect to have these upgrades deployed by mid-November. Updated User Guides will also be available for all GOS forms soon. These will include step by step instructions on submitting GOS4s, PVNs and GOS6s, and updated information on GOS1, GOS3 and GOS5. You can find out more via our website - https://pcse.england.nhs.uk/services/ophthalmic-payments/. If you have any questions, please do get in touch with the team via pcse.optomengagement@nhs.net. Best wishes Kirsty Adlem Ophthalmic Engagement Manager Communications & Engagement Team

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