Requirements guidance issued as optometry contract for Wales comes into force
Optometry Wales outline new rules for practitioners practising in Wales
As new regulations come into force tomorrow (20 October) Optometry Wales have issued guidance to optical practitioners outlining the new requirements in order to qualify for Welsh GOS.
Those practising in Wales have been told:
1. Patient signatures will be required on all NHS forms from 20 October. Forms without patient signatures will be returned by NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership (NWSSP) to the Practice.
2. Prior to being able to deliver WGOS, the practitioner must:
- Have completed the four Mandatory WGOS training hosted by Health Education and Improvements Wales (HEIW) on Y Ty Dysgu platform
- Be Eye Health Examination Wales(EHEW) accredited
Claims will either be reclaimed or not be paid if the practitioner performing WGOS did not meet the above criteria at the time the service was delivered, prior to 20 October.
3. All staff colleagues assisting in the delivery of WGOS must complete their mandatory training hosted by HEW on Y Ty Dysgu platform before they see a patient who is eligible for WGOS. Please note that this is an ongoing requirement and not just for date of implementation
4. The new clinical fees and voucher values will come into effect from 20 October. GOS 3 forms issued prior to 20 October 2023 will be claimed with the ‘old’ value. GOS 3 forms issued on and after 20 October 2023 will be claimed with the ‘new’ value
5. All paper NHS forms must be submitted within a three-month deadline
6. WGOS1, 2 and 3 will come into effect from 20 October. WGOS4 and WGOS5 will follow in due course. Please continue with the arrangements that you currently have with the Health Board around other enhanced services eg IP, data capture etc
7. Currently, there is only one directed question in WGOS1 required from 20 October around smoking cessation. Further guidance will be made available at: Latest News for Professionals - NHS Wales
8. The WGOS Clinical manuals are available from the Eye Care Wales website.
The new ophthalmic services regulations were released by Welsh Government at the end of September. Last week, NHS Wales confirmed only those who are compliant as a performer and as a practice will be supported and remunerated for work undertaken from 20 October. The regulations in full can be viewed online.
Support for those with questions relating to the changes to regulations is available:
- For listing: [email protected]
- For education: [email protected]
- For Optometry Wales: [email protected]
The AOP is taking time to assess how the regulations work in practice and will be providing guidance for members in due course.
For more information, please contact Serena Box, Head of Media, PR and External Affairs, at the Association of Optometrists, [email protected] or telephone 020 7549 2040.
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Association of Optometrists
The Association of Optometrists (AOP) is the leading representative membership organisation for optometrists in the UK. We support over 80% of practising optometrists, to fulfil their professional roles to protect the nation’s eye health. For more information, visit www.aop.org.uk