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?

Tue 15 October 19 | Free 6 Interactive point CET/CPD Seeing Beyond the Eyes Workshop - new dates announced
Seeing Beyond The Eyes free 6 Interactive point workshops are coming to Bristol, London, Croydon, Harrogate, Sheffield and Gloucester very soon, so if you haven't attended yet you can book here.


Tue 15 October 19 | Poor eyesight and hearing loss costs billions!

Source: UKNEHS

UK’s first vision and hearing survey aims to capture vital data on UK issues

A lack of accurate data is contributing to a £58billion bill for vision and hearing loss in the UK, according to a report published today that calls on the Government to support the first ever national survey of the UK population’s sensory needs. Read more......

https://www.visionuk.org.uk/poor-eyesight-and-hearing-loss-costs-billions/


Wed 02 October 19 | CET Event Basingstoke 23 October 2019

Hosted and Sponsored by Sight And Sound Technology "Technology Solutions In Practice"

 3 Interative CET Points What’s it about?: This is an introduction to the technological solutions available to blind and low vision patients. The C-71897 Competencies are covered in this course Professionals that CET is available to are listed below, but we welcome anyone who is a member of Hampshire LOC to this event to broaden their knowledge of blind and low vision solutions
  • Dispensing optician: Low Vision, Communication, Standards of Practice, Ocular Abnormalities, Optical Appliances
  • Optometrist: Optical Appliances, Communication, Standards of Practice, Ocular Disease
Sight and Sound Technology are the UK's leading provider of solutions to the blind, partially sighted and those with learning and reading difficulties. By working alongside private individuals, charitable organisations, educational establishments and commercial enterprises we help our users unleash their full potential. Venue for the CET  Evening Event 23 October 2019 Apollo Hotel, Aldermaston Roundabout, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG24 9NU Timings for the evenings: 18:15 - 19:00      Registration and networking/sandwiches 19:00 -  20:45      CET together with Q&A 20:45 - 21:00      Feedback and Close _______________________________________________________________________ Reply Slip Please reply by email to isilk@hampshireloc.org.uk no later than  Monday 14 October for the Basingstoke event on 23 October 2019  If you are replying by post please send to the following address by the respective due dates: Hampshire LOC Business Manager,c/o 5 Lily Walk, Durrington, Salisbury Wiltshire SP4 8ND. Please provide the following information to book your place. I would like to attend the Basingstoke CET event on 23 October 2019. Name: ………………………………GOC no ………………........      Practice:………………… Practice Address:……………………………………………………………………………………. Email address for confirmation of place: ………………………………………………………….. Special Dietary Requirements?........................................................................  

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Business Manager: Ian Silk (07808) 658143 | Postal Address: c/o 5 Lily Walk, Durrington, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP4 8ND