Quality in Optometry – England

Quality in Optometry – England

Quality in Optometry is a toolkit for clinical governance in optical practices located in England. The toolkit was updated early 2017 together with a user guide explaining the changes. There are two main toolkits available, the first covering the GOS contract and the second the NHS Standard Contract.  There is also a practitioner checklist and staff checklist for non-clinical staff.  These toolkits have been developed by the Optical Confederation, College of Optometrists and LOCSU.

A toolkit for Welsh optical practices is currently under development.

Quality in Optometry (QIO) Checklist – GOS Contract

The QIO GOS Contract Checklist can be used to ensure GOS contract compliance. It is used by NHS England Area Teams for the purposes of checking and monitoring contract compliance. Contractors are expected to complete and submit a Level 1 report once every 3 years, together with an action plan for rectifying any non-compliant issues. Practices that flag as outliers, together with a small random selection of others, may be subject to compliance visits.

To access the checklist please click here

To access the Ophthalmic Practice Checklist of Evidence containing a list of required policies, certificates and registration needed for a GOS Contract please refer to the link below.

Quality in Optometry (QIO) Checklist – NHS Standard Contracts

The NHS Standard Contract checklists located on the QIO website can be used to demonstrate compliance with community services contracts. Three versions of the checklist are available depending on the practices’ contract type

  • LOC company
  • practices subcontracting to an LOC company
  • practices contracting separately with the CCG

To access the checklists please click here