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?

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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