NHS England

NHS England (Wessex)

Useful Contact details: Contact Sheet Dec 2018

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 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