Contract Monitoring

Primary Care Commissioning Support (Wessex) carries out Contract Monitoring Visits on behalf of NHS England.

NHS England has a requirement placed upon it for formally reviewing the compliance of NHS ophthalmic contractors, both new and existing, with the requirements of their NHS GOS contracts and with relevant legislation.

A protocol for the visits is based on national guidance and the details can be found at http://www.england.nhs.uk/eye-heath/

Questions about the interpretation or application of this protocol should be directed in the first instance to:

Helen Wardle, Primary Care Commissioning Support (Wessex), NHS England, First Floor, Oakley Road, Southampton, Hampshire, SO16 4GX

Telephone 0113 824 9850

Helen.wardle@nhs.net    or   england.wessexoptometry@nhs.net

The Quality in Optometry toolkit, Level 1, contains helpful guidance and documentation for contract monitoring requirements.

Optical Confederation publishes safeguarding guidance

The Optical Confederation has published guidance on safeguarding children and vulnerable adults for optical practitioners and optical practices.

The guidance, developed in collaboration with the College of Optometrists and the Department of Health, sets out what optical staff and practices need to do. Details of common signs and symptoms of abuse and neglect are included with a simple protocol which all optical practitioners and staff can follow.

The guidance is supported by an online training model.

 The areas where significant numbers of contractors were failing to comply on a regular basis are:

  • Awareness of local child protection arrangements
  • Lone worker policy
  • Chaperone policy
  • Informing patient in writing of details of their referral

See the Quality on Optometry toolkit for help in these areas or

http://www.4lscb.org.uk/hampshire or http://www.nice.org.uk/nicemedia/pdf/CG89QuickRefGuide.pdf


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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