General advice

Intervals bewteen sight tests: If you wish to seek clarification the Department of Health issued the following guidance and memorandum of understanding,  Frequency of Sight Tests It is important that the patients notes record any reason for an early recall.

NHS Choices: The NHS Choices system is being enhanced from September 2011 to include more information about practices, self-editable practice profiles and a new feedback and response facility system for patients. This change is to bring optical contractors into line with the NHS Choices systems that have already been rolled out for NHS hospitals, GPs, dentists and pharmacists  Guidance on NHS Choices prepared by the Optical Confederation will help you.

Referral form/template: developed for optional use to facilitate effective referrals and feedback. See ‘Referral Guidelines’ for further information and copy of form.

Safeguarding Children: Hampshire, Portsmouth City and Southampton City have issued guidance in the form of a Flow chart to assist independent contractors.

Vision Strategy You may find the RNIB commissioned research into Future Sight Loss of interest. Please click here for access to these documents


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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