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 Officer, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

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The College of Optometrists

Dear FOI officer
I would be grateful if you could answer my FOI request on Vision screening of 4 to 5 year olds at school entry.
Thank you.
Yours sincerely,
Olivier Deneve

The College of Optometrists

Dear FOI Officer,

I would be grateful if you could respond to my FOI.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Olivier Deneve

Paul Metcalf, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Deneve,

 

I am writing with regard to your request for information (ref FOI
5206088).

 

Unfortunately we have not been able to provide the response by the
originally intended date of 2/8/19.

 

The service area is currently working on your request and we aim to have a
response for you as soon as possible.

 

I would like to take this opportunity to apologise on behalf of Stockport
Council for this delay and for any inconvenience this may cause.

 

Yours Sincerely,

Paul Metcalf

Information Governance Officer

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FOI Officer, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Deneve,

 

I am writing in response to your request for information (ref FOI 5206088
) and apologise for the delay in providing a response.

 

The relevant Council Service(s) has searched for the requested information
and our response is as follows.

                                  

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?

 

No.

Vision screening in school children in aged 4 - 5 is delivered by the
Orthoptists team at Stockport NHS Foundation Trust. This is delivered as
part of the contract held by NHS Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group.

 

If YES, would you please:

n/a

 

2.List the key features of your commissioned screening service:

a.Settings (e.g. school).

In school.

 

b.Screening personnel (e.g. orthoptist, school nurse or other health
professional).

It is delivered by an Orthoptist team.

 

c.The onward care pathway for children who fail the vision screening.

Neither Stockport Local Authority nor Stockport Clinical Commissioning
Group hold this information.

If you require further information we suggest that you contact Stockport
NHS Foundation, Stepping Hill Hospital, Poplar Grove, Hazel Grove,
Stockport SK2 7JE.

 

d.The quality assurance (QA) processes (audit) and identified clinical
lead for the vision screening service.

Neither Stockport Local Authority nor Stockport Clinical Commissioning
Group hold this information.

If you require further information we suggest that you contact Stockport
NHS Foundation, Stepping Hill Hospital, Poplar Grove, Hazel Grove,
Stockport SK2 7JE.

 

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).

Neither Stockport Local Authority not Stockport Clinical Commissioning
Group  hold this information.

If you require further information we suggest that you contact Stockport
NHS Foundation, Stepping Hill Hospital, Poplar Grove, Hazel Grove,
Stockport SK2 7JE.

 

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

 

Stockport Local Authority is assured that the Clinical Commissioning Group
will continue to commission the service 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?

Vision screening in school children in aged 4 - 5 is delivered by the
Orthoptists team at Stockport NHS Foundation Trust. This is delivered as
part of the contract held by NHS Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group.

 

b.whether a service is planned for the next financial year (2020/21)?

n/a

 

c.whether an existing service in your area has been recently
decommissioned?

n/a

 

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Yours sincerely,

Paul Metcalf

Information Governance Officer

+: Stockport Council | 1^st Floor South Stopford House | Stockport | SK1
3XE

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        0161 474 3315

*: [3][email address]

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A long term vision and ambition for the future redevelopment of
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