Vision screening of 4 to 5 year olds at school entry

The request was successful.

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?

Westminster City Council

Information request
Our reference: 10464666

--------------------------------------------------------------------------

 
Dear Mr Denève
 
Thank you for contacting Westminster City Council's Information Management
Team. 

Your query will be allocated for response, and someone will contact you
within 5 working days to confirm the details of your request. 

Please see the Council's website for further information on the Freedom of
Information Act
- [1]http://www.westminster.gov.uk/services/c...

Kind regards, 
 
Information Management Team
Westminster City Council
64 Victoria Street
London
SW1E 6QP
[email address]
 
NOTE: Please do not edit the subject line when replying to this email.
 

References

Visible links
1. http://www.westminster.gov.uk/services/c...

Westminster City Council

Information request
Our reference: 10464666

--------------------------------------------------------------------------

 
Dear Mr Denève,
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
Thank you for your request for information that was received on 3 July
2019.
 
Request summary
 
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.

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?
 
We are dealing with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
and we aim to send a response by 31 July 2019.
 
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 may restrict the release of some or
all of the information you have requested. We will carry out an assessment
and if any exemptions apply to some or all of the information then we
might not provide that information to you. We will inform you if this is
the case and advise you of your rights to request an internal review and
to complain to the Information Commissioner's Office.
 
We will also advise you if we cannot provide you with the information
requested for any other reason together with the reason(s) why and details
of how you may appeal (if appropriate).
 
Yours sincerely
 
Westminster City Council
Email: [email address]
Web: [1]www.westminster.gov.uk
 
NOTE: Please do not edit the subject line when replying to this email.
 

References

Visible links
1. file:///tmp/www.westminster.gov.uk

Westminster City Council

1 Attachment

Information request
Our reference: 10464666

--------------------------------------------------------------------------

 
Dear Mr Denève
 
Thank you for your request for information received on 3 July 2019.
 
Please find attached our response to your request.

If you are dissatisfied with your response please send your Internal
Review request to the email address below

[1][email address]

 
Yours sincerely
 
 
Westminster City Council

Web: [2]www.westminster.gov.uk
 
NOTE: Please do not reply to this email.
 

References

Visible links
1. mailto:[email address]
2. file:///tmp/www.westminster.gov.uk