Vision screening of 4 to 5 year olds at school entry

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The College of Optometrists

Dear FOI officer

The British and Irish Orthoptic Society on behalf of the Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning are writing to make an open request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

There is a national recommendation, by the UK National Screening committee, to offer orthoptic-led vision screening to children at aged 4-5 years, mainly to ensure that amblyopia (reduced vision), is detected and treated at an age where treatment has the potential to improve vision.

Public Health England introduced service specifications for a Vision Screening Service in 2017. We are concerned that a Vision Screening service is currently not being offered to all children aged 4-5 years in England leading to inequality of eye health care provision.

We are aware that the responsibility for commissioning 0 - 5 year children’s public health services has transferred from the NHS to Local Authorities; and that in addition there are to be significant cuts to Local Authority Public Health funding which may affect these services

We would be grateful if you could answer the following questions (for the financial year 2019/2020) to determine the arrangements made by your local authority to commission vision screening for your eligible resident population and it’s quality assurance.

We look forward to hearing from you.
Yours sincerely,
Olivier Denève
Secretary to the Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning

Questions

1. Do you currently commission vision screening in school of children aged 4-5 years old? Y / N

If YES, would you please:

2. List the key features of your 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 (QA) processes (audit) and identified clinical lead for the vision screening service

3. Tell us how you monitor if every child in your Local Authority has been tested (including those in private schools or those who are home-schooled).

4. Tell us whether the programme will be commissioned again in the next financial year

5. If NO- you do not currently commission a vision screening service in your area, would you please tell us :

a. why you do not commission vision screening?
b. whether a service is planned for the next financial year (2020/21)?
c. whether an existing service in your area has been recently decommissioned?

FOI, Nottinghamshire County Council

Dear College of Optometrists,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 – REQUEST FOR INFORMATION (Ref : NCC-038335-19)

Thank you for your request for information relating to vision screening in school of children. Your request was received on 17th June 2019, and we are dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

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Alison Fletcher1, Nottinghamshire County Council

Dear Requester,

 

Further to your request for information under the freedom of information
act, please see below.

 

Dear FOI officer

 

The British and Irish Orthoptic Society on behalf of the Clinical Council
for Eye Health Commissioning are writing to make an open request for
information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

There is a national recommendation, by the UK National Screening
committee, to offer orthoptic-led vision screening to children at aged 4-5
years, mainly to ensure that amblyopia (reduced vision), is detected and
treated at an age where treatment has the potential to improve vision.

 

Public Health England introduced service specifications for a Vision
Screening Service in 2017. We are concerned that a Vision Screening
service is currently not being offered to all children aged 4-5 years in
England leading to inequality of eye health care provision.

 

We are aware that the responsibility for commissioning 0 - 5 year
children’s public health services has transferred from the NHS to Local
Authorities; and that in addition there are to be significant cuts to
Local Authority Public Health funding which may affect these services

 

We would be grateful if you could answer the following questions (for the
financial year 2019/2020) to determine the arrangements made by your local
authority to commission vision screening for your eligible resident
population and it’s quality assurance.

 

We look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Secretary to the Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning

 

Questions

 

1.      Do you currently commission vision screening in school of children
aged 4-5 years old?   No

 

If YES, would you please:

 

2.      List the key features of your 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 (QA) processes (audit) and identified
clinical lead for the vision screening service

 

3.      Tell us how you monitor if every child in your Local Authority has
been tested (including those in private schools or those who are
home-schooled).

 

4.      Tell us whether the programme will be commissioned again in the
next financial year

 

5.      If NO- you do not currently commission a vision screening service
in your area, would you please tell us :

 

a.      why you do not commission vision screening? It is not part of the
0-19 Healthy Families programme currently commissioned

b.      whether a service is planned for the next financial year
(2020/21)? No

c.      whether an existing service in your area has been recently
decommissioned? Not recently

Vision screening in Nottinghamshire ended in 2016

 

We trust this now resolves your enquiry, however should you have any
further queries please do not hesitate to contact me directly on the
details below.

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Complaints, Information & Mediation Officer

Chief Executive’s Department

Nottinghamshire County Council

County Hall

 

 

 

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