NHS England and NHS Improvement: Updates and guidance for optical settings

2 April 2020

Optical Letter  01/04/2020 Dear colleagues Thank you again for your continued work to prepare for and handle the COVID-19 pandemic. We are grateful for the commitment and effort that is going into providing care for patients. In light of the most recent public health control measures and in recognition of the difficulties that practices are facing including continuing concerns about

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OFNC: COVID-19 – NHS guidance for optical practices in England

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2 April 2020
Source: OFNC

NHS England has belatedly announced immediate changes to the delivery and operation of primary eye care services in England. The announcement includes details of support payments for practices which continue to provide essential care for patients during the COVID-19 crisis. These practices will be expected to follow guidance from the General Optical Council and the optical sector bodies on how

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Blind Veterans UK and University of Oxford: COVID-19 Pandemic Survey

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1 April 2020
Source: Blind Veterans UK

This survey was developed by Scientists at Blind Veterans UK in partnership with Scientists from the University of Oxford (UK). This survey is an evaluation and currently not hypothesis testing. The purpose of the survey is to explore the experiences of individuals during the current COVID-19 pandemic situation in order to provide informed feedback to the scientific community. This data

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Blind Veterans UK: Assisting a blind or partially sighted person with shopping during the Covid-19 pandemic

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1 April 2020
Source: Blind Veterans UK

Blind and partially sighted people often have a system in place to help them with sorting, storing and cooking food. Sticking as much as possible to their system will help them during this difficult time. The following guidance will be useful when you are helping someone who has sight loss who cannot get their own shopping. Only help if you

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Collaborative Petition: Coronavirus: People with sight loss need priority access to online shopping

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31 March 2020
Source: Vision UK, Visionary, Guide Dogs, RNIB, TPT

People with vision impairments are struggling to safely access basic necessities like food from supermarkets because of Covid-19 restrictions. Being blind or partially sighted makes safe social distancing in busy places like these often impossible. Despite this, while priority access to online shopping slots is available for some people, those with sight loss are being excluded. Sign the petition to

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Communication for people with sensory loss, people with a learning disability and/or on the autism spectrum during the COVID-19 pandemic: advice for health and social care staff

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31 March 2020
Source: Vision UK

Vision UK is pleased to have led work with partners to develop guidance to highlight the accessible communication needs of people with sensory loss, people with a learning disability and/or on the autism spectrum during the COVID-19 pandemic. This guidance provides practical tips for health and social care staff to support their patients and ensure understanding of important medical and

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IGA: Coronavirus: Information for glaucoma patients

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31 March 2020
Source: International Glaucoma Association

The coronavirus pandemic is impacting all NHS services, and eye services are no exception. If the situation is causing you stress or anxiety, the IGA is here to support you. They know that as a nation, we need to support the NHS at this time and understand there will be sacrifices, but we also know that this isn’t always easy

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Vision UK Statement on Coronavirus (COVID-19) 31/03/2020

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31 March 2020

Vision UK is following current guidance from the government on Coronavirus (COVID-19) based on the World Health Organization’s declaration that this is a pandemic, a public health emergency of international concern. As of 9am on 30 March 2020, a total of 134,946 people have been tested, of which 112,805 were confirmed negative and 22,141 were confirmed positive. As of 5pm

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Thomas Pocklington Trust launches COVID-19 Emergency Fund for the Sight Loss Sector

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30 March 2020
Source: Thomas Pocklington Trust

Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) has just launched an emergency fund to support sight loss organisations which are providing vital services to blind and partially sighted people during the COVID-19 pandemic. £500,000 of essential support will be available to sight loss sector organisations to allow them to continue providing critical services for the physical and emotional wellbeing of blind and partially

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Civil Society: National Lottery Community Fund frees up £300m to help charities with Covid-19 crisis

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30 March 2020
Source: Civil Society

All National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) funding decisions in the next six months will be devoted to responding to the Covid-19 crisis. This involves up to £300m of funding. NLCF said it will accelerate the cash part of this funding as much as possible. Dawn Austwick, the chief executive of the NLCF, said it has been talking to grant holders

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