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NTW LOC are passionate about extending the offering of primary care optical practice across our footprint to provide more NHS funded quality eye care closer to home. We are working closing with the local Ophthalmology Secondary Care Trusts to develop changes to the system to reduce inequality of care for our population. We are hopeful that local commissioning will embrace this vision to help support this.  Further updates will be provided soon.

In the meantime we’d encourage any Optometry Practice that is not sub-contracted to Primary Eyecare Services to contact Naomi Smith or Angela Henderson for details on how to set up a contract;

Naomi.smith@primaryeyecare.co.uk
Angela.Henderson@primaryeyecare.co.uk
Hello@referral.support

Local Extended Primary Eyecare Services

The following services have been commissioned in the NTW area through Primary Eyecare Services, the national commissioning provider company for North East and North Cumbria LOCs.  The LOC advocates local commissioning of a number of LOCSU pathways that would move more services to Primary Care bringing NHS-funded eye care closer to people’s homes and supporting Ophthalmology capacity and the NHS Long Term Plan.

These services are supported by the new Opera IT platform.

REMINDER: All Performers are required to check and update their DBS and safeguarding status on OPERA.
Help with OPERA including how to upload certificates, DBS, etc can be found HERE.

To sign the practice up onto Opera -the practice will need:

    1. QiO GOS Contract Checklist
    2. QiO NHS Standard Contract Checklist
    3. DSPT toolkit
    4. Completed QiO Infection Control Audit

All the checklists are found within https://www.qualityinoptometry.co.uk/

Practitioners will need:

    1. Safeguarding Level 2 Adults Certificate (must have been completed within last 3 years)
    2. Safeguarding Level 2 Children Certificate (must have been completed within last 3 years)
    3. An enhanced DBS Certificate with update service ( must have been completed within the last 3 years

Additional WOPEC requirements

    1. Post cat services – WOPEC cataract accreditation.
    2. Glaucoma Repeat Readings – WOPEC Glaucoma (level 1 distance learning)
    3. Post vision screening ( Children’s service) – WOPEC pediatric

ODS code

An ODS code (also called an Organisation Code) is a unique code created by the Organisation Data Service. This code is used to identify organisations across health and social care. As an NHS service provider all optical practices have a code. We use the codes within Opera to correctly identify optical practices. You can search for a practice code via this website.

NHS Digital ODS Portal


MECS/CUES Services

There are currently no MECS or CUES services commissioned in the NTW area. All Non-GOS activity is offered privately to patients or directed to the NHS provision via the Eye Emergency Departments.

Glaucoma Repeat Readings service (GRR)

IMPORTANT – FROM MARCH 2022 THIS HAS BEEN MANDATED BY SUNDERLAND/SOUTH TYNESIDE CCG,

ALL REFERRALS TO SEI DUE TO RAISED IOP’S OR SUSPICIOUS GLAUCOMATOUS VISUAL FIELDS, BUT NOT DISC CHANGES NEED TO GO VIA THE GRR SERVICE ON THE OPERA IT PLATFORM.  IF YOU DO NOT OFFER THIS THEN PATIENTS NEED TO BE REFERRED TO AN OPTICAL PRACTICE THAT DOES. SEI WILL BE DEFLECTING ANY REFERRALS THAT DO NOT COME VIA THIS ROUTE, TO A CENTRAL PES COORDINATED TRAIGE CENTRE.

This service allows the capture of repeat readings for both IOP and field defects to aid decision-making regarding the need to refer for HES assessment.

All patients being referred into secondary care with raised IOPs or suspicious fields must go via this service since September 2020.  Patients will need to be examined within the service prior to referral. Any patient seen at a non – non-participating practice needs to be directed to a participating practice prior to referral.

The aim of this pathway is to:

    • reduce unnecessary referrals to the hospital eye service
    • reduce patient anxiety and increase capacity within the overburdened hospital glaucoma clinics
    • provide a more cost-effective service with a greater number of patients being managed within the primary care setting

Any patient being referred without being seen through the service will have their referral deflected by secondary care, they will be directed back into the service and to a participating practice.

If you are not an existing subcontractor with PES please can you confirm your interest in providing this service by completing the registration form via this link http://bit.ly/opto-reg-portal.

If you are an existing subcontractor with PES but do not currently deliver the GRR/IOPRR service please contact info@primaryeyecare.co.uk. Please ensure to include full practice name and address and which service in which locality you wish to join.

Community Childrens Service

The aim of this pathway is to:

    • reduce unnecessary referrals to secondary care ophthalmology departments.

This is achieved by allowing community optometrists to provide management and treatment to children who are found to have suspected amblyopia following school screening.

More information available here.

 

NHS funded Cataracts Services

Alongside Sunderland Eye Infirmary and Newcastle Eye Department. There are now a number of Independent Sector Providers of NHS cataract surgery within the NTW Footprint.

The NHS-funded pathway for referal to all services is via the GP using their Choose and Book system – it is possible to provide Post-op cataract service for a number of these providers via the OPERA platform.

For more info see HERE

For more information contact the services directly.

    • Optegra, Gateshead – Here
    • Newmedica, Gateshead/North Tyneside – Here
    • Spamedica, Gateshead/North Tyneside/Teeside – Here
    • CHEC, Gateshead HERE
    • ACES, Newcastle HERE

OPERA ONBoarding TIPs;

Practice Registrations

  • When you complete your Practice registration the initial onboarding login will be sent to the email address inputted as ‘main contact email’. Please ensure that this email address is unique to the Practice that you are registering, and is correctly inputted without typos
  • Please ensure that you upload PDF documents only as the system will only accept this format
  • When uploading requested documents, please ensure that you provide the correct ‘date’ information. It should be the date printed on the document
  • Please note that the initial onboarding login is part of the registration process – this login will only allow you to add a Practitioner, NOT a non-clinical admin member of staff
  • To add a Practitioner use the ‘Invite user to practice’ option button and complete the information as prompted. Once the Practitioner has completed this process and gained access to Opera, the Practitioner can then invite non-clinical staff to gain access using the ‘create an administrator’ option

Practitioner Registrations

  • When registering as a practitioner, please again use a unique email address for yourself – do not use the email address utilised to complete the Practice registration
  • A practitioner only needs to onboard (complete the registration) once. After a Practitioner has been approved and received their Opera login, they can be added to other Practices they work at, by the practice themselves by using the ‘add a user’ functionality under the administration tab and entering their existing Opera login details
  • Ensure all documents are in PDF format and that the correct dates are being inputted

Throughout the registration process you will receive emails from optom.ers@nhs.net 

Please do not reply to this email address, this account is not monitored and is an automated account built into the system only. Please also ensure you add this email address to your contacts list, so the emails do not end up in your junk and spam folders.

Our next meeting

Our next committee meeting held virtually on 19th March 2024 at 7:00pm.

Our next meeting

Our next committee meeting held virtually on 19th March 2024 at 7:00pm.

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