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?

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FOI Responses, Hartlepool Council

Dear Olivier

 

Further to your request for information, I can advise as below;

 

Question Response
1.Do you currently commission vision  1. Yes
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:
2.
 
 a. School
a.Settings (e.g. school).  b. School Health Screeners
 c. Referred to Optician (NECS
b.Screening personnel (e.g. orthoptist, Commisioned)
school nurse or other health  d. Clinical Lead- 1 to 19 Child
professional). Health Service

c.The onward care pathway for children  
who fail the vision screening.
3.       Class Lists for all of
d.The quality assurance (QA) processes the children are reviewed and
(audit) and identified clinical lead for revisits arranged for absentees
the vision screening service
Pathway being developed for
  children home schooled

3.Tell us how you monitor if every child No private schools in the area.
in your Local Authority has been tested
(including those in private schools or  
those who are home-schooled).
Children who attend private
  schools out of area e.g Stockton
are picked up by that areas
  School Nursing Service.

   

  4.       Yes

   

   

  5.       N/A

   

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?

 

 

 

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From: The College of Optometrists
[[7]mailto:[FOI #584501 email]]

Sent: 21 June 2019 13:52

To: Freedomofinformation <[8][Hartlepool Council request email]>

Subject: Freedom of Information request - Vision screening of 4 to 5 year
olds at school entry

 

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?

 

 

 

[9]Love-Hartlepool

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