Ophthalmic: COVID 19 update

Providing updates on service provision and guidance for claiming during this pandemic.

This page will provide up-to-date and relevant information to ensure that you are aware of changes being introduced that will impact on the services you deliver along with guidance on how to process claims appropriately during this pandemic.

If you have any enquiries relating to the financial support payment only, please email our payments team: nss.psdgospayments-covid19@nhs.scot

A post from Practitioner and Counter Fraud Services on 6 January 2021

General Ophthalmic Services (GOS) 

The Scottish Government have issued PCA(O)2021(1) which advises on the following:

  • Community eye care services in Level 4 areas in Scotland following the new COVID-19 regulations which came into effect on 5 January 2021;
  • Financial support for optometry practices;
  • A progress update on the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccinations to all optical practice staff;
  • A reminder about key worker status for optical practice staff;
  • An update on PPE, including the transition to a “pull” self-ordering model.

Please share this information with your practice.

A post from Practitioner and Counter Fraud Services on 5 January 2021

General Ophthalmic Services (GOS) 

Following the First Minister’s statement in the Scottish Parliament on Monday 4 January 2021, the Scottish Government will shortly be issuing a PCA providing further information for the optometry sector. In the meantime, all optometry practices are reminded that they must remain open, continue to scrupulously follow all relevant Infection Prevention and Control measures and guidance, and continue to prioritise emergency and essential care to those patients who are at greatest risk of detriment to sight or wellbeing.

Please share this information with your practice.

A post from Practitioner and Counter Fraud Services on 18 December 2020

General Ophthalmic Services (GOS)  -  COVID-19 recovery

The Scottish Government have issued PCA(O)2020(21) which advises on the following:

  • Continued adherence to infection prevention and control measures by community optometry;
  • Financial support model for mobile practices;
  • Link to SHOW website;
  • Charging of additional fees or offering of inducements to GOS patients;
  • Appropriate use of the ‘look up’ function within eOphthalmic;
  • 2021 GOS mandatory training module.

Please share this information with your practice.

Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates issue PCA(O)2020(19)

A post from Practitioner and Counter Fraud Services on 27 November 2020

General Ophthalmic Services (GOS)  -  COVID-19 recovery

The Scottish Government have issued PCA(O)2020(19) which advises on the following:

  • ‘First Port of Call’ responsibility during the festive period;
  • Revised financial support arrangements for practice premises;
  • Financial support arrangements for mobile practices and peripatetic service providers.

Please share this information with your practice.

Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates issue PCA(O)2020(18)

A post from Practitioner and Counter Fraud Services on 09 November 2020

NHS PHARMACY FIRST SCOTLAND – GUIDANCE AND REFERRAL FORM FOR TREATMENT OF MINOR EYE CONDITIONS

The Scottish Government have issued PCA(O)2020(18) which provides information for community optometry teams about the NHS Pharmacy First Scotland (NHS PFS) service. It also provides guidance aimed at both community optometry and community pharmacy teams and a referral form for the assessment and treatment of minor eye conditions.

Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates issue PCA(O)2020(17)

A post from Practitioner and Counter Fraud Services on 02 November 2020

General Ophthalmic Services (GOS)  -  COVID-19 recovery

The Scottish Government have issued PCA(O)2020(17) which advises on the following:

  • Remobilisation of face-to-face peripatetic eye care, subject to certain conditions being met,
  • Financial support arrangements for peripatetic providers,
  • Ongoing provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates issue PCA(O)2020(16)

A post from Practitioner and Counter Fraud Services on 29 October 2020

General Ophthalmic Services (GOS)  -  COVID-19 recovery

The Scottish Government have issued PCA(O)2020(16) which advises on the following:

  • An update on COVID-19 – Scotland’s Strategic Framework;
  • Supply and usage of NHS Scotland PPE;
  • An update on the position regarding GOS(S)1 ‘cheque book’ forms;
  • Clarification on the issuing of a written prescription or statement following an eye examination;
  • The issue of GOS(S)3 forms for use by patients with an alternative supplier;
  • Retention of GOS(S)3 and GOS(S)4 optical voucher forms.

Please share this information with your practice.

Providing community eye care during the COVID-19 pandemic

A post from Practitioner and Counter Fraud Services on 1 October 2020

Dr Janet Pooley, the Scottish Government's Optometric Advisor, has issued a letter regarding providing community eyecare during the Covid-19 pandemic. Please share this information with all GOS practitioners and practice staff.

Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates issue PCA(O)2020(15)

A post from Practitioner and Counter Fraud Services on 04 September 2020

General Ophthalmic Services (GOS) COVID-19 recovery planning: Phase 3 details

The Scottish Government have issued PCA(O)2020(15) which advises on the following:

  • a reminder regarding the ‘first port of call’ responsibility to manage patients with an emergency eye problem.
  • the resumption of routine eye care services provided within day centres and residential centres (including care homes) from 7 September 2020, subject to certain conditions being met.
  • a reminder regarding the current submission arrangements for GOS(S)1, GOS(S)3, GOS(S)4, HES(S)1, HES(S)3 and HES(S)4 claims, including remote consultations.

Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates issue PCA(O)2020(14)

A post from Practitioner and Counter Fraud Services on 02 September 2020

General Ophthalmic Services (GOS) COVID-19 recovery planning: Phase 3 details

The Scottish Government have issued PCA(O)2020(14) which advises on the following:

  • A reminder for practices in relation to infection control and patient safety;
  • Revised financial support arrangements for practice premises;
  • Financial support arrangements for mobile practices;
  • Financial support arrangements for new practices and for changes in ownership of existing practices;
  • Ongoing provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates issue PCA(O)2020(13)

A post from Practitioner and Counter Fraud Services on 27 August 2020 

The Scottish Government have issued PCA(O)2020(13) which provides:

  • a reminder about mandatory training requirements for optometrists and ophthalmic medical practitioners (OMP) providing GOS;
  • the allowance values, criteria and claims process for Continuing Education and Training undertaken by optometrists and OMPs in 2019;
  • the pre-registration trainee supervisor grant amount and claims process for trainee optometrists taken on or after 1 April 2020.

Please share this information with your practice.

Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates issue PCA(O)2020(12)

A post from Practitioner and Counter Fraud Services on 30 July 2020

General Ophthalmic Services (GOS) – COVID-19 recovery:

RESUMPTION OF ROUTINE EYE CARE IN PRACTICE PREMISES AND PATIENTS’ OWN HOMES; PATIENT AND PATIENT REPRESENTATIVE SIGNATURES; PRACTICE INSPECTIONS

The Scottish Government have issued​ PCA(O)(2020)12 which advises on the following:

  • Routine eye care services (including primary eye examinations) can be provided within community optometry practice premises and in patients’ own homes from Monday 3 August 2020, subject to certain conditions being met.
  • The financial support arrangements set out in PCA(O)2020(11) will continue to be provided at the current time, pending a review of this support which will be communicated in due course.
  • The continued temporary suspension of the requirement for patient or patient representative signatures on the GOS(S)1 ‘cheque book’ slip and GOS(S)3, GOS(S)4, HES(S)1, HES(S)3 and HES(S)4 forms.
  • In line with the wider remobilisation of community eye care services in Scotland, NHS Boards may consider resuming practice inspections, where they deem that this can be carried out safely.

Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates issue PCA(O)2020(11)

A post from Practitioner and Counter Fraud Services on 10 July 2020

General Ophthalmic Services (GOS)  –  COVID-19 recovery planning: Phase 3 details

The Scottish Government have issued​ PCA(O)2020(11) which advises on the following:

  • Details for community optometry in relation to Phase 3 of the Scottish Government’s COVID-19 recovery Route Map;
  • A reminder about the 15 July 2020 deadline for submission of ‘Part 2’ payment claims for activity during Lockdown and Phase 1;
  • Financial support and activity submission arrangements during Phase 3;
  • Clarification regarding intra-referrals;
  • The continued temporary suspension of the requirement for patient or patient representative signatures on the GOS(S)1 ‘cheque book’ slip and GOS(S)3, GOS(S)4, HES(S)1, HES(S)3 and HES(S)4 forms.

Resumption of face-to-face emergency and essential eye care from community optometry practices

A post from Practitioner and Counter Fraud Services on 29 June 2020, updated on 3 July 2020

On 18 June 2020, Scotland moved to Phase 2 of the Scottish Government’s COVID-19 Recovery Route Map. From week commencing 29 June 2020, community optometry practices may resume providing face-to-face emergency and essential eye care, subject to certain conditions being met as set out in PCA(O)2020(10).

The Emergency Eyecare Treatment Centres which provided face-to-face care during Lockdown and Phase 1 have now closed. 

Routine eye care remains suspended, as does face-to-face domiciliary eye care (people in their own home, care home or residential centre).

If you are a patient and are experiencing an emergency eye problem, are worried about your vision or have problems with your glasses or contact lenses you must phone a local community optometry practice (opticians) and discuss your situation with them. A list of community optometry practices and contact details can be found on the NHS Inform website.

Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates issue PCA(O)2020(10)

A post from Practitioner and Counter Fraud Services on 22 June 2020

The Scottish Government have issued PCA(O)2020(10) which provides further important information for community eye care providers in Scotland, including:

Community optometry practice premises may resume providing face-to-face emergency and essential eye care services from Monday 29 June 2020, subject to certain conditions being met;

Emergency Eyecare Treatment Centres ceasing to operate after 28 June 2020;

A practice declaration form which all practice premises owners and Part 1 contractors must complete and return to the local Health Board, once the criteria in the form have been met;

New financial support and payment claims arrangements;

The continued temporary suspension of the requirement for patient or patient representative signatures on the GOS(S)1 ‘cheque book’ slip and GOS(S)3, GOS(S)4, HES(S)1, HES(S)3 and HES(S)4 forms.

Please complete attached declaration form in connection with PCA(O)2020(10) and email to your local NHS board ophthalmic listing contact. These contacts can be found using this link:

https://nhsnss.org/media/4154/health-board-contactsv5.pdf

Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates issue PCA(O)2020(9)

A post from Practitioner and Counter Fraud Services on 18 June 2020

The Scottish Government have issued PCA(O)2020(9) which advises on the following:

  • the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that a practice premises must have before it can resume providing face-to-face NHS emergency and essential eye care, and PPE waste disposal arrangements;
  • the supply of NHS-provided PPE to community optometry practice premises ahead of the resumption of face-to-face NHS emergency and essential eye care.

A post from Practitioner and Counter Fraud Services on 29 September 2020

GOS(S)1 ‘cheque book’ forms

Following further clarification from NHS Counter Fraud Services, with immediate effect GOS(S)1 ‘cheque book’ slips do not need to be completed whilst the current suspension of patient and patient representative signatures remains in effect due to the COVID-19 pandemic; this applies to both face to face and remote consultations. Any GOS(S)1 ‘cheque book’ slips that practices have retained for eye examinations undertaken after 20 March 2020 (when the suspension of signatures was first announced in PCA(O)2020(4) can therefore be discarded. In line with the College of Optometrists guidance regarding patient records, practitioners must ensure that the patient’s record is appropriately annotated with the date that the eye examination was undertaken. It is also recommended that the nature of the consultation is recorded i.e. face to face or remote.

Retention of GOS(S)3 and GOS(S)4 optical voucher forms

Practitioners are advised that the relevant paper form does not need to be retained in respect of a GOS(S)3 or GOS(S)4 optical voucher payment claim via eOphthalmic, whilst the current suspension of patient and patient representative signatures remains in effect due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Remobilisation of NHS Ophthalmic Services in Scotland

A post from Practitioner and Counter Fraud Services on 15 June 2020

Janet Pooley, Optometric Adviser, Scottish Government, has issued a letter to the optometry profession explaining the plans to remobilise our NHS ophthalmic services in Scotland.

Please share this information with your practice.

COVID 19 Update Letter

A post from Practitioner and Counter Fraud Services on 22 May 2020

Janet Pooley, Optometric Adviser, Scottish Government, has issued a letter to the optometry profession.

Please share this information with your practice.

Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates issue PCA(O)2020(8)

A post from Practitioner and Counter Fraud Services on 22 May 2020

The Scottish Government have issued PCA(O)2020(8) which provides further important information for community eye care providers in Scotland, including: the continuation of financial support for community optometry; emergency dispensing and the submission of claims; coding accuracy in respect of emergency or essential eye care; an amendment to eSchedules; an update to the Community Eye Care website.

Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates issue PCA(O)2020(7)

A post from Practitioner and Counter Fraud Services on 1 May 2020

The Scottish Government have issued PCA(O)2020(7) which provides details of a number of important COVID-19 updates for community eye care providers in Scotland, including: revised Health Protection Scotland guidance and Personal Protective Equipment requirements; Emergency Eyecare Treatment Centres; emergency dispensing; submission of eOphthalmic claims; conditions for continued eligibility to receive financial support from the Scottish Government and miscellaneous other updates.

Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates issue PCA(O)2020(6)

A post from Practitioner and Counter Fraud Services on 3 April 2020

The Scottish Government have issued PCA(O)2020(6) detailing the new arrangements for all face-to-face contact between patients and community eye care practitioners, including PPE requirements, the establishment of designated EETCs and PPE supply for EETCs. It also sets out new arrangements for emergency and essential domiciliary eye care provision, clarifies COVID-19 key worker status for the community optical sector and financial support for some self-employed individuals.

Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates issue PCA(O)2020(5)

A post from Practitioner and Counter Fraud Services on 27 March 2020

The Scottish Government have issued PCA(O)2020(5) detailing information on the provision of emergency or essential community eye care during the additional coronavirus (COVID-19) social distancing measures announced on Monday 23 March 2020.

It also clarifiies aspects of the financial support measures introduced in PCA(O)2020(4) and provides an update on emergency dispensing.

Further to the issuing of PCA(O)2020(5), we have received confirmation that community optometrists are to be considered 'Category 2' workers during the COVID-19 pandemic: “Category 2 – All other Health and Care workers, and wider public sector workers providing emergency/critical welfare services (e.g Fire, Police, Prisons, Social Workers, etc), as well as those supporting our Critical National Infrastructure, without whom serious damage to the welfare of the people of Scotland could be caused.”

The Scottish Government has published further guidance on key workers and access to childcare provision.

Any practice-specific queries about the financial support measures should be emailed to:

nss.psdgospayments-covid19@nhs.scot

Any other enquiries arising from this memorandum should be emailed to eyecare@gov.scot

Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates issue PCA(O)2020(4)

A post from Practitioner and Counter Fraud Services on 20 March 2020

The Scottish Government have issued PCA(O)2020(4) detailing the suspension of all routine community eye care services as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the move to providing only emergency and essential eye care.

It also sets out financial measures to help support community optometry practices in Scotland and also other important COVID-19 related information and updates.

Please share this information with your colleagues.

Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates issue PCA(O)2020(3)

A post from Practitioner and Counter Fraud Services on 16 March 2020

The Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates have issued general ophthalmic services PCA(O)2020(3) - COVID-19: Domiciliary Eyecare Services and Practice Inspections.

General ophthalmic services PCA(O)2020(3) provides important information relating to the provision of domiciliary eyecare services provided under general ophthalmic services (GOS) arrangements in Scotland during the delay phase of coronvavirus (COVID-19).

It also contains guidance to NHS Boards regarding practice inspections. 

Primary Care Administration (PCA) - COVID-19

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