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Next Local CET
The West Yorkshire Local Optical Committees are please to invite you to GOS: Common Pitfalls by Stephen Clark, Clinical Adviser for NHS England.

This lecture will discuss the latest developments in the new ‘Making Accurate Claims’ and help practitioners to ensure the GOS NHS claims they make are accurate, and properly recorded. CPD points for Optometrists, Contact lens Opticians and Dispensing Opticians are currently being applied for. Accordingly, at present, this is advertised as self-directed CPD and 1 point is available - attendance certificates will be distributed after the event. It is anticipated that once approved, this will be an interactive provider led CPD (1 point).

Registration is limited to 100 colleagues on a first come first served basis. Location: Zoom
Date: 8th August 2022
Timing: 19:00-20:00
Please register by clicking here.

Suspected Wet AMD Referrals
A new email address has been created for the referral of suspected Wet AMD to the Mid Yorkshire Hospital Trust.

The latest version of the referral form that should be used can be downloaded from the downloads section of this website by clicking here.

A new monthly newsletter has been created which will provide information and updates on the Eye Care Transformation Programme in West Yorkshire. This is a new platform where everyone can contribute and share information on the innovative and partnership working being implemented across the region to provide high quality of care and experience to our patients.

The aim will be to cover topics such as inequalities and to promote the delivery of equitable access to eye care, improve clinical outcomes and achieve system wide efficiencies which will help meet the demand and support the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic will need. To read the latest edition Click Here
'Prophylactic Orthokeratology for Myopia Prevention Trial (PROMPT) UK
Researchers at the University of Bradford are currently recruiting for a study to investigate whether orthokeratology lenses can be used for pre-myopic ‘at risk’ children as a preventative measure against myopia development. A pre-myopic child is less hyperopic than expected for their age (age 7-12 with +0.75D refraction), and the risk increases depending on ethnicity, parental myopia and levels of close work. Researchers are looking for children between the ages of 7-12 years that fulfil this pre-myopic criteria to enrol into a study lasting 1.5 years with several scheduled appointments for data collection, notably axial length change. Participation in this study is not paid, but all cost of appointments, lenses, solutions, and other resources are free.
You can view a document with further information about the study by clicking here.

Please feel free to contact Sophie Coverdale (BSc Optometrist and PhD Researcher) at s.l.coverdale@bradford.ac.uk if you would like any more information or if you have any interested eligible participants.
11th April 2022

Important message for all practices
Due to the COVID pandemic and additional winter pressures Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust has been forced to escalate their status to level OPEL4. This is where pressure prevents health organisations from delivering comprehensive care and where they have to take decisive action including getting external support where available. The pressure has especially affected the A&E Department where the number of people presenting has at times overwhelmed the department. In response to this, Consultant Ophthalmologist Mr Atul Varma has asked for help from local Optometrists as well as GP's and walk in centres.
With help from everyone they will still be able to provide patients with the best possible care in a safe environment. 16th December 2021

New Policy on Optometrist Performer Listing in England
NHS England and Improvement has developed a new policy for managing performer list applications for GPs, dentists, optometrists and OMPs in England, which came into effect on 11 February 2022. The aim of the new policy is to bring all contractor professions into a common streamlined system which reduces bureaucracy, eliminates duplicate checks and reduces barriers and delays to performer listing As a result, optometrist and OMP performer list applicants no longer have to provide evidence of having ▪ signed up to the DBS update service ▪ completed safeguarding training for working with adults and children ▪ the right to work in the UK ▪ (for returners) provided GOS in the past 2 years in England.

A key change is that applicants requiring initial educational or clinical support to work safely in UK primary eye care will no longer have conditions applied. Instead, conditions will be replaced by temporary ‘agreement terms’ and the practitioner’s admission to the list being flagged as ‘probationary’. NHS England has confirmed that these new arrangements are intended for exceptional cases. In most cases new UK graduates will not be flagged as probationary. 30th March 2022

HCQ Monitoring Leaflet
A new Hydroxychloroquine monitoring leaflet has been released for use by practices and other facilities that support this cohort of patients. Although practices may want to print out a copy for patients, a QR code is available which if scanned by a patients mobile phone, will take them to the complete document.
To access a printable version of the leaflet go to the 'Downloads' section of this website plus a higher quality QR code that can be printed and made available for patients to scan.

The leaflet has been uploaded onto the West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership website (click here). along with shared care guidance for further reading. At this time there is no agreed pathway for specialised assessment or referral for optical practices.
Increase To GOS Test Fees And Patient Voucher Values
GOS sight test fees will increase by 2% from April 2022. The NHS optical voucher values will also increase by 2% from April 2022. This year the OFNC again pressed DHSC and NHS England to address the chronic underfunding of the NHS sight test as well as to close the widening gap between GOS fees and inflation. As a result, the OFNC had proposed that the sight test fee should be increased to £23.26 (+7%) whereas DHSC is proposing £22.14.

The OFNC is acutely disappointed with this response and has left DHSC in no doubt that the proposed 2% increase will be a blow to primary eye care providers who have shown an active commitment to delivering health care throughout the pandemic to meet public needs and reduce pressures on secondary care. 30th March 2022

Bradford LOC are running WOPEC MECS OSCEs at the University from 6pm on 10/5/22. It's £135 for Optoms WORKING IN THE BRADFORD AREA and you must have completed the WOPEC online MECS modules before signing up. If you would like to sign up to the OSCE please email mdearlove@sky.com with your name, where you work and your GOC number. We will then reply with payment details. 30th March 2022

City University, London Study
A team at City, University of London are carrying out a study titled ‘Patient-practitioner communication in AMD’. The study is looking at the lifestyle advice given to patients with Age related Macular Degeneration (AMD). There is a chance to win an amazon voucher each month for the Optometrist that recruits the most patients! If you are interested, please contact Sonali Dave by email on sonali.dave@city.ac.uk Sonali will also be joining us on the 5th April for a brief introduction to her study and to answer any questions you might have. 30th March 2022