25 March 2019

The Government has announced that GOS fees in England will be frozen for a fourth successive year, because of “the continuing tight economic climate facing the NHS”. Voucher values will also be frozen, meaning that NHS patients will lose out directly. CET fees and pre-registration grants will rise by 2%, compared to last year’s 1% uplift.

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Statement by the Optical Confederation and the College of Optometrists - Guidance on record keeping

3 August 2018

The Optical Confederation has received a number of enquiries about guidance issued by some NHS regions and LOCs regarding record keeping. While we understand and share the desire to improve standards, this is not, in our opinion, the way to achieve improvement.

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Vouchers at a Glance 2018 - Updated June 2018 Edition

14 June 2018

FODO, on behalf of the Optical Confederation, has published an updated edition of 'Vouchers at a Glance'. 

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More high-street eye services will reduce avoidable blindness

6 June 2018

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NHS England pilot new post payment verification system

1 June 2018

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Optical Confederation wholeheartedly endorses NAO report conclusions showing unacceptable Capita and NHS England service to primary care practitioners

17 May 2018

Following its inquiry into NHS England’s management of the primary care support service contract with Capita, this hard-hitting report from the NAO found that ‘NHS England did not know enough about the services it inherited to set achievable service specifications and performance standards from the start of the contract’. There were also a lack of appropriate performance measures – for example, simply measuring if payments were made on time but not if they were accurate.

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Data Protection Bill and GDPR

3 May 2018

The Data Protection Bill is currently going through Parliament. An amendment has been tabled which would exempt primary care providers from the definition of 'public authority', and therefore the blanket requirement to appoint a Data Protection Officer. We need your help to build support for the amendment.

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Department of Health freezes GOS fees for third year running

6 April 2018

The Government has told the OFNC that it is freezing GOS fees for the third year running – despite strong evidence for an increase, and at a time when more generous settlements are being offered to NHS staff and contractors.

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OFNC seeking NHS eReferral grant for optical practices

1 March 2018

The Optometric Fees Negotiating Committee (OFNC) has been in negotiations with NHS England to secure funding to provide IT connectivity between optical practices in England and the rest of the NHS. 

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Optical Confederation and LOCSU response to Capita profit warning

31 January 2018

The Optical Confederation and LOCSU has said the Government and NHS England “must prepare to step in” if Capita continues to let down NHS primary care contractors.  This follows Capita’s profit warning and share price drop on 31 January 2018.

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