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?

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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