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 ., Hillingdon Borough Council

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T: 01895  556351

From: The College of Optometrists
<[1][FOI #585856 email]>
Date: Mon, 1 Jul 2019 at 09:48
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Vision screening of 4 to 5
year olds at school entry
To: FOI requests at Hillingdon Borough Council
<[2][Hillingdon Borough Council request email]>

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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The College of Optometrists

Dear Nathalie ,
Thank you for your email. My name was mentioned in my initial request, just before the list of question. here it is below for your convenience.
- Olivier Denève
- Secretary to the Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning

Thank you.
Best regards,
Olivier

Residents Services FOI, Hillingdon Borough Council

Dear Olivier Denève,
I am writing in response to your request for information under the Freedom
of Information Act 2000, received 01/07/2019    

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 we have 20 working days to
respond to your request.  Therefore the deadline for our response
is 29/07/2019

 

If we require further information or clarification from you in order to
assist us in responding to your request, or if we require a fee to be paid
before we can respond we will contact you shortly.

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Michelle Barber

Members Liaison Officer /FOI Officer

Resident Services

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Hillingdon Borough Council

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Dear Olivier Deneve

 

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Rukhsana Hussain

Information Governance Lawyer | London Borough of Hillingdon | Legal
Services 3E/04
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On Behalf Of Residents Services FOI
Sent: 10 July 2019 12:54
To: [5][FOI #585856 email]
Cc: foi
Subject: FOI 7561056 - From: Olivier Denève - Due: 29th July 2019

 

Dear Olivier Denève,

 

I am writing in response to your request for information under the Freedom
of Information Act 2000, received 01/07/2019    

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 we have 20 working days to
respond to your request.  Therefore the deadline for our response
is 29/07/2019

 

If we require further information or clarification from you in order to
assist us in responding to your request, or if we require a fee to be paid
before we can respond we will contact you shortly.

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Michelle Barber

Members Liaison Officer /FOI Officer

Resident Services

 

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