Optical sector rejects fifth year of freeze in GOS fees

6 April 2020
Source: Optometric Fees Negotiating Committee

The Government has announced that there will be no increase in GOS fees in England for a fifth successive year. The Department of Health and Social Care described this as “a difficult decision” which reflected “the lack of available evidence about any impact on NHS sight test numbers or optical businesses” as a result of fees being frozen since 2016.

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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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OFNC: COVID-19 – Support for GOS Contractors in England

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20 March 2020
Source: OFNC

The Optometric Fees Negotiating Committee (OFNC) and its members (ABDO, AOP, BMA and FODO) are working closely with NHS England on supporting GOS contractors in England through the coronavirus crisis. NHS England has confirmed that eye care is an essential part of the NHS and primary care service, both of itself and in keeping pressure off other NHS services such

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NHS England and NHS Improvement: Peer Leadership Academy: Spring 2020

5 November 2019
Source: PeopleHub

The Personalised Care Group is inviting applications from people with lived experience of personalised approaches to health and social care to participate in a personal development programme. Who can join?   You are eligible to apply if you are an individual or family carer who has personal experience of personalised care. This could be through: • A personal health budget

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SeeAbility: To celebrate World Sight Day 2019, and our 220th birthday year, we have released a report on our successful campaign for eye care in special schools.

11 October 2019

NHS England has now committed to rolling out a new national programme of eye care in all special schools in England from 2020, so the report A Change in Sight, looks back at our work in 11 special schools since 2013. Over that time we have: • Delivered over 3500 sight tests • Dispensed over 1700 pairs of glasses •

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RNIB Policy Statement on NHS England Long Term Plan

31 January 2019
Source: RNIB

The NHS England Long Term Plan was published on 9 January 2019, and sets out their high-level priorities for using the additional funding announced by the Westminster Government in June 2018. RNIB responded to the consultation, and provided detailed proposals to improve NHS services, but unfortunately the final document says very little that’s specific to eye health, people at risk

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BBC News: More ‘social prescribers’ to ease pressure on GPs

28 January 2019
Source: BBC News

The number of workers trained to prescribe social activities, like exercise groups and art classes, to GP patients who don’t need pills, is set to rise, under NHS England plans. The aim is that “link workers” will support GPs and reduce their workload. The link worker’s role is to help patients find suitable community activities to improve their health and

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NHS England Long Term Plan published

7 January 2019
Source: NHS England

The NHS long term plan, published today, will save almost half a million more lives with practical action on major killer conditions and investment in world class, cutting edge treatments including genomic tests for every child with cancer. The blueprint to make the NHS fit for the future will use the latest technology, such as digital GP consultations for all

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NHS England: Developing the Long Term Plan for the NHS. December update from the Long Term Plan Engagement Team

17 December 2018
Source: NHS Eng;and Long Term Plan Engagement Team

Attached is the briefing for December on the development of the Long term engagement plan for NHS England.  

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