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?

Telford and Wrekin Council

Dear Mr Denève,

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000 Acknowledgement -TWC-52409

Thank you for your request for information received by us on 27 June 2019
asking for the following:

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?

The Freedom of Information Act requires us to provide this information to
you within 20 working days of receiving your request. Therefore we will
aim to respond to you by the 25 July 2019.

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In the meantime, if you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact
us, quoting the above reference number.

 

Yours sincerely,

Sam Devonshire

Information Governance

 

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Telford and Wrekin Council

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Dear Mr Denève,

Freedom of information request Reference TWC-52409.

Please find attached your response.

 Kind Regards,

Information Governance

Audit,  Information Governance and Insurance Services

Finance, Audit & Information Governance

Telford & Wrekin Council

 

Telford & Wrekin Council, Audit & Information Governance, Darby House,
Lawn Central, Town Centre, Telford, TF3 4JA

 

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