Salisbury Foundation Trust

FOI_5099

Internal Reference Number: FOI_5099

Date Request Received: 12/06/2019 13:24:46

Date Request Replied To: 11/07/2019 08:28:11

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Request Summary: Provision of ‘orthoptic-led’ and/or ‘non-orthoptic-led’ vision screening across England

Request Category: Health

 
Question Number 1:
The purpose of this FOI request is to establish the provision of ‘orthoptic-led’ and/or ‘non-orthoptic-led’ vision screening across England.

Definition of ‘Orthoptic-led’:
A service that is led by a designated Orthoptist who is responsible for all aspects of delivery of vision screening to all eligible children. This includes leadership of the personnel delivering the screening, the care pathway and audit and quality assurance mechanisms. The testing of children may be either Orthoptist delivered or delivered by a vision screener trained by an orthoptist.

We would be grateful if you could please answer the following questions and their subsections (where applicable) for the financial year 2019/20 to allow us to establish current provision and support orthoptists in the future to deliver an ‘orthoptic led’ service.




How many LA and CCGs are served by your organisation for all acute, community and specialist services?
Please list them all.
 
Answer To Question 1:
The orthoptic service is in the main a local service affecting 3 local CCGs, but referrals from out of area may also be accepted.

Wiltshire CCG, West Hampshire CCG, Dorset CCG
 
Question Number 2:
Does your organisation provide the Orthoptic Services for the resident populations of these LAs and CCGs? Y/N
 
Answer To Question 2:
Yes
 
Question Number 3:
Is a vision screening service currently available in the area (by LA or CCG) served by your organisation for providing Orthoptic Services? Y / N If NO - please list the LA/CCG that do not provide a vision screening service If YES – For each commissioned screening service please indicate:
a. Who commissions it - LA or CCG?
b. Its compliance with the PHE service specifications i.e. Orthoptic-led and delivered with Quality Assurance and clinical audit processes (https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...)
i. Compliant
ii. Not compliant
 
Answer To Question 3:
Unable to comment as we provide orthoptic services to the CCG only so as we do not provide screening we are not able to provide any further information on screening services.
 
Question Number 4:
List the key features of each commissioned screening service :
a. Settings (e.g. school).
b. Screening personnel (e.g. orthoptist, school nurse or other health professional).
c. The onward care pathway for children who fail the vision screening.
d. The quality assurance processes (audit) and identified clinical lead for the vision screening service.
 
Answer To Question 4:
Unable to comment as we provide orthoptic services to the CCG only and as we do not provide screening we are not able to provide further information on screening.
 
Question Number 5:
Tell us how you monitor if every eligible child in the Local Authority or CCG commissioning the service has been tested (including those in private schools, or those who are home schooled).
 
Answer To Question 5:
Unable to comment as we provide orthoptic services to the CCG only and as we do not provide screening we are not able to provide further information on screening.
 
Question Number 6:
Tell us whether a vision screening programme has been commissioned for the current financial year
 
Answer To Question 6:
Unable to comment as we provide orthoptic services to the CCG only and as we do not provide screening we are not able to provide further information on screening.
 
Question Number 7:
If a vision screening service is not currently available, in a Local Authority or CCG served by your Organisation could you please tell us for each of these LA or CCGs – a. why it has not been commissioned?
b. whether a service is planned for the next financial year (2020/21)?
c. whether an existing service has been recently decommissioned?
 
Answer To Question 7:
Unable to comment as we provide orthoptic services to the CCG only and as we do not provide screening we are not able to provide further information on screening.
 
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