Flu Vaccines, Learning Disability Training Module, NHS Supplier Invoices, LOCSU And FODO News

11 October 2021

We have 5 items for you today:

  1. Flu Vaccinations for All Patient Facing Staff
    We have been advised by NHSE&I that funding has been granted to allow ALL frontline staff to receive this year’s Flu (Influenza) Jab, including reception and support staff where they are patient facing, as well as Optoms and DOs etc. You should be able to book via your local Pharmacy, the national chains such as Boots and Tesco, or contact your GP if necessary. When booking, be sure to choose the NHS/exempt from payment option, due to being a frontline NHS worker. You may also need to take some proof of this, such as a pay slip or letter from your employer. Further information can be found in NHSE&I’s letter HERE.
  2. Training Opportunity to Support Eyecare Services for People with a Learning Disability

    A series of six online teaching sessions is being launched aimed at preparing eyecare practitioners to deliver services to people with learning disabilities.

    Developed and reviewed by subject experts in partnership with SeeAbility, a charity that supports people who have learning disabilities or autism and sight loss, it offers an authoritative insight into key areas of learning disability practice. This module has been funded by LOCSU, WOPEC, ABDO and SeeAbility and is free to eye care practitioners, eye care administration staff and other healthcare professionals. It is a prerequisite for practitioners wishing to deliver the LOSCU community learning disability pathway and the NHS England Special Schools Eyecare Service.

    Further information is available HERE.

  3. Change of Email Address for NHS SUPPLIERS to Submit Invoices via PDF
    We have been asked to forward notification of a change to the email address which all NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) Suppliers should use to submit their invoices to, which is now and not as previously used. This does NOT include or affect GOS claims or PCSE payments. It is unlikely that this will apply to many, if any, practitioners.
  4. LOCSU Newsletter
    Is HERE, including the launch of the Eye Care Hub Website, PHE publishes their “Vision Atlas” and NHSE&I remind practices to complete the Data Security and Protection Toolkit (DSPT).
  5. FODO News
    Is HERE, including the College saying no change to IPC measures, World Sight Day and other optical sector news.

Kind regards

Herts LOC

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Afghan Relocation And Resettlement And FODO News

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11 October 2021

GOS Complaints, GOS2 Forms, NHS emails and DSPT, Vacancies, Research Results and FODO News

We have 8 items for you today: GOS complaints Submission NHSE (East of England) advise that they have reopened the annual GOS Complaints Survey, which will now close on Monday 18 October 2021. This is to give contractors who have not submitted their Annual GOS Complaints another opportunity to do so. They say: Dear Colleagues We would like to say thank you …

11 October 2021

Low Vision, Service Lead Vacancies , HVCCG And FODO News

We have 4 items for you today: Low Vision Support for Patients Herts Vision Loss (HVL) have released their latest newsletter, HERE.  As well as HVL’s website, HERE, further help and information for low vision patients is available from the Hertfordshire County Council Visual Impairment Scheme HERE and at the RNIB’s site HERE. All practice staff, including DOs, Dispensers, …

11 October 2021

Moorfields Contacts, Cat Surgery, Afghan Evacuees, Vacancy, FODO News

We have 5 items for you today: Moorfields Contact Information We have been advised of the following clarification to the Moorfields contact details: •  For urgent/emergency/out of hours, please phone 020 7521 4682 and speak to the A&E doctor on call. The clinician will then be able to give you advice and guidance.  As we have recommended in the past, please …

7 September 2021

GOS Signatures, Paper GOS Forms, Pre-Reg Position Sought And FODO News

We have 5 items for you today: Patient Signatures Required on GOS Forms Unless we hear to the contrary, the COVID-19 suspension of the requirement for patient signatures on GOS forms will end on 31 August 2021. This means that patient signatures will be required on all GOS and eGOS forms from Wednesday 1 September. …

30 August 2021

PSCE Bulletin, Care Homes, Update On Isolation, Adult Repair Vouchers (GOS4), Mask Posters And FODO News

We have 6 items for you today: Vaccinations Required for Staff Entering Care Homes NHSE&I advise: “New government regulations come into force on 11 November 2021, requiring care home staff to refuse entry to anybody who cannot evidence that they have had two doses of a Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) approved COVID-19 vaccine, or …

30 August 2021

PHE Guidance, Vacancy, Research Project, LOCSU, HVCCG And FODO News

We have 6 items for you today: Updated PHE guidance NHS E&I have issued an email, “GW3360 – FOR INFORMATION: Updated PHE guidance on NHS staff and student self-isolation and return to work following COVID-19 contact“. You may have already received but we have repeated the contents HERE, in case it was missed or not received. Any queries relating …

30 August 2021

New Look Website And Contact Email Addresses

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30 August 2021

Domi Guidance, Amber Phase, CHEC Covid Update, IPads For Vision Impaired Children, And FODO News

Hi all We have 5 items for you today: Domiciliary Guidance FODO advise that The Domiciliary Eyecare Committee (DEC) has published updated guidance for domiciliary eye care providers and practitioners for the next phases of the Covid-19 pandemic. It updates guidance originally issued in June 2020 and takes account of latest knowledge about infectivity, the availability …

4 August 2021

Withdrawal Of SOP, Isolation Exemption, GOS Contracts, Addenbrooks Contacts, PAH Referrals & FODO News

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