Practice References

Changes to GOS Contract

Guidance on initiating, changing or terminating your GOS contract – East Region Contractor Briefing

NHSE-I has confirmed that the NHSmail application process during COVID19 has changed further:

  • All GOS contractors requiring NHSmail accounts —not just those providing MECS/CUES— should complete a new online form: https://forms.office.com/r/SzaDjwpZxM

Primary Care Support England – helpful documents & links

Clarification on Eligibility for NHS funded Domiciliary Eye Test

The following patient videos are developed by various eyecare professional bodies may be useful to share to your patients – https://www.healthandcarevideos.uk/eyes

Hand cleaning technique

Falls Leaflet

Smoking Cessation
Ask – Do you smoke?  ​And record their smoking status if you have the facility
Advise – Tell the patient they are more likely to quit with support and medication. Or if they prefer, there are online resources where they can get advice and tips to quit ​
Act – Make a direct referral through the ‘contact’ page of https://www.essexwellbeingservice.co.uk, their GP’s stop smoking service or pharmacy. Tell them about the self-help online resource www.todayistheday.co.uk and www.nhs.uk/better-health/quit-smoking
Download posters here

Sight Loss
Some helpful advice for practice staff to help support someone with sight loss – Supporting someone with sight loss

A good document around sight loss – it lists all sight loss charities as well as having a good section at the front for practices to complete with their local details.
There is also a CET course available on this site too – suitable for Optometrists and DOs alike which gives 3 CET points per hour of training completed. http://www.visualisetrainingandconsultancy.com/training/cet-accredited-training-seeing-beyond-eyes/

Translation Services
Interpreting and translation services – East of England Region