NHS England

NHS England (Wessex)

Useful Contact details: NHS England South (Wessex) June 16

Wessex Eye Health Needs Assessment and other useful information


Optometric Adviser

Steve Taylor – Optometric Adviser for Wessex

Email address: steve.taylor16@nhs.net

 


The Accessible Information Standard

NHS England have introduced the Accessible Information Standard which is a legal requirement for all providers of NHS and adult social care services in England which includes GOS contractors.

The purpose of the standard is to ensure that people who have communication needs because of a disability or sensory loss receive information in a suitable format, ideally of their choice.

From 1 April 2016 you should, as a matter or normal routine practice, ask patients about their communication needs they may have and ensure that you record that information on their notes.  You must follow the standard in full by 31 July 2016.

As part of the Accessible Information Standard you must do 5 things.  These are:

  1. Ask: as a matter of routine you must enquire if a new or returning patient has any information or communication support needs relating to a disability, sensory loss or other impairment.
  2. Record: clearly and consistently record those needs in the patient’s records.
  3. Alert/Flag: the record needs must be ‘highly visible’ – so that it can be seen and acted upon whenever the patient’s records is accessed.
  4. Share: you should include any information about a patient’s information and communication needs at referral, discharge and handover, following your existing data sharing processes.
  5. Act: make reasonable adjustments to ensure that people receive information in a format they can understand.

More information on the Accessible Information Standard

 More information on the Accessible Information Standard can be found on the NHS England website www.england.nhs.uk/accessibleinfo

Charities including Action on Hearing Loss, CHANGE, Sense and the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) also have information on their websites.

The ‘Information Standards Notice’, which tells organisations how and why they must follow the standard, can be accessed via the Health and Social Care Information Centre website at www.hscic.gov.uk/isce/publication/scci1605

 The Optical Confederation have also put together a couple of fact sheets that can be accessed by clicking the link http://www.opticalconfederation.org.uk/resources/guidance

 


 

 


What’s New?

Tue 11 June 19 | Additional Services Contracts in Hampshire - PEC Services Registration
If your practice does not currently subcontract with PEC Services and would like your practice to be involved;  please read attached information with regards to how to get involved and the compliance which is required; if you wish to participate complete the Registration form via this link  http://bit.ly/opto-reg-portal Currently this will mostly affect practices in Southampton City CCG, West Hants CCG and North Hants CCG areas of operation.


Tue 11 June 19 | Payment of HES Vouchers Issued by UHS
University Hospital Southampton has recently changed the way their invoices are dealt with and are now sorting things in house rather than via SBS in Wakefield.  This has resulted in some changes to procedure. Despite the changes optical practices should still continue to send completed HES claims directly to Rory McClenaghan at the address on the voucher, he can then get things organised for payment.  
Wed 08 May 19 | Hampshire LOC AGM - 05 June 2019

Notification of Annual General Meeting 05 June 2019

To all local Contractors and Performers in the Hampshire LOC area: The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Hampshire LOC will be held on Wednesday 05 June 2019 At   Novotel Southampton 1 West Quay Road Southampton SO15 1RA     Registration for the event will commence at 18:00hrs. Prior to the AGM starting there will be a talk by our guest speaker Professor Pete Coffey, Director of the London Project. Key achievements. The Agenda for the evening, Chair’s Report and the Committee Nomination form, are available via the following links:   AGM Agenda 2019 Committee Nomination Paper Chair's Report We hope that as many of you as possible will attend the meeting to hear all about the LOC’s activities in the past year and proposals for the coming year. This year, all but two posts on the Management Committee are up for election (Six Contractor representatives & four Performer representatives) so if you wish to be nominated for a position on the Committee; you should complete the Nomination paper and return to me by Monday 13th May 2019. Please confirm your intention to attend including GOC Number and any dietary requirements or, request a proxy or postal vote by emailing isilk@hampshireloc.org.uk  by Monday, 13 May 2019. Further details together with committee nominations and postal voting or proxy paper (for those of you unable to attend) will be sent out on or about 15 May 2019. Ian Silk - Hampshire LOC Business Manager     Optometry is changing at its fastest ever rate and our profession is in need of change in response to the disruptive technology all around us in the digital age. The way you work in the future will be shaped by these technologies. There are both opportunities and threats posed by these changes. The LOC represents all practitioners in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight whether they  work in the corporate or independent sectors. It negotiates for enhanced services with the local NHS and is also engaged with our national representatives at LOCSU to further the aims of the profession. Make no mistake! Change will occur with or without our input. The LOC needs to be revitalised with young enthusiastic practitioners whose futures will be affected by these changes.  No experience is necessary except for your understanding of the situation. Please put yourself , or a colleague forward for election at this year’s AGM in June . We will help you to settle in with an LOC” buddy “who can explain any unfamiliar terms or NHS working methods. Give something back to your profession and help us to be better in the future. After all it is you who will ultimately have to live and work with these changes. Please view the following short video to see what you get out of being involved with the LOC

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