Hot Briefs

Find out what the latest news from Whitehall, the NHS and Department of Health means for your local optical committee through Hot Briefs.  Hot Briefs are LOCSU’s political bulletin, distributed on behalf of the Optical Confederation.  It is produced every month, or more often, if there is urgent news. 

Copies are distributed from LOCSU to the LOCs officers who forward them on to their members.  If you are an LOC officer and haven’t seen a copy please contact Jacque Fooks.  Members need to go through their LOC for any missing copies.

You can also download the latest and archive editions below.

Document Publication date

Hot Brief Issue 72 - Jun 2018

  • How to submit 2018 CET claims
29 June 2018

Hot Brief Issue 71 - June 2018

  • 2018 CET claims
  • Reminder to register your practice(s) with PCSE Online
  • Avoiding rejected GOS claims
  • How to resubmit previously rejected GOS forms
22 June 2018

Hot Brief Issue 70 - May 2018

  • GOS forms - stock availability
  • Update on the development of electronic GOS claims systems
  • PCSE Optician's Bulletin - May 2018
25 May 2018

Hot Brief Issue 69 - May 2018

  • Delayed GOS Payments May 2018
11 May 2018

Hot Brief Issue 68 - April 2018

  • Application process for second pair and non-tolerance vouchers
  • GOS contract application process guidance
  • Pre-reg training grant claims
  • Unpaid 2017 CET claims
20 April 2018

Hot Brief Issue 67 - March 2018

  • General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) guidance
29 March 2018

delayed_gos_payments_march_2018.pdf

20 March 2018

Hot Brief Issue 66 - March 2018

  • Delayed GOS payments - Part 3
20 March 2018

Hot Brief Issue 64 - March 2018

  • Delayed GOS payments - Part 1
16 March 2018

Hot Brief Issue 65 - March 2018

  • Delayed GOS payments - Part 2
16 March 2018

Hot Brief Issue 63 - December 2017

  • Delayed payment of CET Grants
  • New Pre-reg Training Grant form
8 December 2017

Hot Brief Issue 62 - October 2017

  • The process for claiming your CET grant in 2017
  • Performer List update
  • National Performers Lists transformation update
  • Submitting GOS claim forms to PCSE
  • Change of address for couriers delivering GOS forms to Darlington
  • PCSE identification and verification process
  • PCSE's National Engagement Team - here to help you
9 October 2017

Hot Brief Issue 61 - August 2017

  • New address for submitting GOS claim forms by courier from 29 August 2017
  • Important update about contacting PCSE
  • Claims relating to ophthalmic payments and performers list delays
  • How to claim your CET grant in 2017 - important update
10 August 2017

Hot Brief Issue 60 - July 2017

  • Assessment of claims relating to ophthalmic payments and performers list
14 July 2017

Hot Brief Issue 59 - June 2017

  • How to claim your CET grant in 2017
29 June 2017

Hot Brief Issue 58 - June 2017

  • PCSE Stakeholder Bulletin update
26 June 2017

Hot Brief Issue 57 - March 2017

  • PCSE Stakeholder Bulletin
30 March 2017

Hot Brief Issue 56 - February 2017

  • PCSE Stakeholder Bulletin
28 February 2017

Hot Brief Issue 55 - January 2017

  • PCSE Stakeholder Bulletin
26 January 2017

Hot Brief Issue 54 - October 2016

  • Important information from PCSE
6 October 2016

hb_54_-_pcse_update_for_opticians_-_october_2016.pdf

  • Important update from PCSE
6 October 2016

Hot Brief Issue 53 - August 2016

  • Letter to Simon Stevens, Head of NHS England, demanding action on PCSE
  • Additional resource introduced to help resolve PCSE late payment issues
  • Contractors urged to check they are sending GOS claim forms to the correct place
3 August 2016

Hot Brief Issue 52 - July 2016

  • Accessible Information Standard
29 July 2016

Hot Brief Issue 51 - July 2016

  • PCSE Update
  • Performers List
18 July 2016

Hot Brief Issue 50 - June 2016

  • PCSE Update
  • National Ophthalmology Audit
  • NHSmail Users
24 June 2016

CET claim form

  • CET allowance payments are payable to contractors. A payment can be claimed by a contractor in respect of either:
  • (a) CET he/she has undertaken personally in the year between 1st January to 31 December 2015.
  • (b) CET undertaken in the year between 1st January to 31 December 2015 by an ophthalmic practitioner on the Ophthalmic Performers List.
24 June 2016

Hot Brief Issue 49 - May 2016

  • Primary Care Support England (PCSE) Update
5 May 2016

Hot Brief Issue 48 - April 2016

  • Primary Care Support England (PCSE) Update
  • Accessible Information Standard - Please see this link to the latest information: http://www.opticalconfederation.org.uk/downloads/accessible-information-standard---update.pdf
7 April 2016

Hot Brief Issue 47 - March 2016

  • Primary Care Support England (PSCE) Update
11 March 2016

Hot Brief Issue 46 - March 2016

  • National Performers List - South West Performers
  • Removal of fax machines in NHS organisations
  • Concerns with Primary Care Support England
1 March 2016

Hot Brief Issue 45 - November 2015

  • Autumn Statement and Spending Review
26 November 2015

Hot Brief Issue 44 - October 2015

  • Primary Care Support England (PCSE) Stakeholder Update
2 October 2015

Hot Brief Issue 43 - September 2015

  • Reminder to claim your 2014 CET Grant
  • NHS Accessible Information Standard
  • Revised GOS 18 - electronic version
  • Primary Care Support (PCS) Update: August Stakeholder Bulletin
11 September 2015

Hot Brief Issue 42 - July 2015

  • PCS Stakeholder Update
24 July 2015

Hot Brief Issue 41 - June 2015

  • Capita plc confirmed as preferred bidder in Primary Care Support tender
22 June 2015

Hot Brief Issue 40 - May 2015

  • NHS England New Care Models Programme - Vanguard Sites
  • New Primary Care Minister
  • Primary Care Support (PCS) Services Transformation Programme - Office Closures
  • Guidance on the use of NHS Identity and Logo in Optical Practices in England
  • Merger of three CCGs
28 May 2015

Hot Brief Issue 39 - May 2015

  • Update on Primary Care Support Services from NHS England
1 May 2015

Hot Brief Issue 38 - March 2015

  • Beware of CCGs trying to apply a deflator to community services fees for 2015/16
17 March 2015

Hot Brief Issue 37 - March 2015

  • New Care Models Programme - LOC opportunities
11 March 2015

Hot Brief Issue 36 - March 2015

  • Primary Eyecare Support Services Transformation Programme
5 March 2015

Hot Brief Issue 35 - February 2015

  • UK Vision Strategy 2015 General Election Manifesto
6 February 2015

Hot Brief Issue 34 - January 2015

  • Primary Care Support (PCS) Services Update
  • Five Year Forward View Planning Guidance
  • New NHSmail accounts and the NHS Information Governance Toolkit
16 January 2015

Hot Brief Issue 33 - October 2014

  • Post payment verification activity in Merseyside
  • Update on the transformation of Primary Care Support Services
  • New GOS 18 forms confirmed
  • Prioritising quality personalised individual eye care in residential/care settings
22 October 2014

Hot Brief Issue 32 - August 2014

  • Optical Confederation guidance on Safeguarding and the Prevent Strategy
  • NHS England Framework for managing performer concerns
  • NHSmail accounts
  • Optical Confederation guidance on CET claims
19 August 2014

Hot Brief Issue 31 - July 2014

  • HES claim form payments
  • Incomplete remittance notices relating to NHS England payments
  • LOCSU guidance produced for LOCs responding to Call to Action
  • Guidance on Universal Credit and Access to GOS
  • Revised Safeguarding Guidance due to be available shortly
8 July 2014

Hot Brief Issue 30 - February 2014

  • NHS Standard Contract and the recommissioning of Community Services (formerly known as Enhanced Services)
  • Consultation on Managing Performance Concerns
  • Restructure of Primary Care Support Services
27 February 2014

Hot Brief Issue 29 - February 2014

  • Recommissioning of Community Services (formerly known as Enhanced Services)
14 February 2014

Hot Brief Issue 28 - November 2013

  • Reminder on the Procedure for the Assurance of GOS contracts
  • Reminder on Eligibility Criteria for GOS sight tests and vouchers
  • 'Prevent' Strategy
  • RNIB Report: 'saving money, losing sight'
19 November 2013

Hot Brief Issue 28 - appendix

  • Template letter from LOCs to CCGs - RNIB Report
19 November 2013

Hot Brief Issue 27 - October 2013

  • Christmas and New Year opening
  • NHS England 'Call to Action' and the Strategic Framework for Primary Care Commissioning (Eye Care)
  • Electronic GOS 18
  • Scrutiny Guide
29 October 2013

Hot Brief Issue 26 - August 2013

  • Process to identify Outliers in GOS claims
  • Pre-registration students applying to join the Ophthalmic Performers List
23 August 2013

Hot Brief Issue 25 - August 2013

  • Procedure for the Assurance of GOS Contracts
12 August 2013

Hot Brief Issue 24 - May 2013

  • Provision of eye care services under GOS
  • ISFE: notification of payments by location
  • Optical Confederation guidance on Universal Benefit
  • Guidance on processing HES vouchers
17 May 2013

Hot Brief Issue 24 - appendix

  • OC Guidance on Universal Credit and Access to GOS
17 May 2013

Hot Brief Issue 23 - April 2013

  • ISFE - NHS Commissioning Board and GOS payments - transition period
  • Changes to management of Ophthalmic Performers List and application process
9 April 2013

Hot Brief Issue 23 - appendix

  • New Performers List application form
9 April 2013

Hot Brief Issue 22 - March 2013

  • Important details for GOS submissions during the transition to the NHS Commissioning Board
  • RNIB Wet AMD Campaign
11 March 2013

Hot Brief Issue 22 - appendix

  • Ophthalmic template-Optical Confederation spreadsheet (Excel version 97-03)
11 March 2013

Hot Brief Issue 21 - February 2013

  • ISFE and checking of bank account details for GOS and Enhanced Service payments in England
22 February 2013

Hot Brief Issue 21 - appendix

  • Ophthalmic template-Optical Confederation spreadsheet
22 February 2013

Hot Brief Issue 20 - February 2013

  • Updating GOS contracts
  • Updating Enhanced Services contracts
  • LOC recognition by the NHS CB
  • Local Eye Health Networks
  • Clarification around DOCET Safeguarding training modules
12 February 2013

Hot Brief Issue 19 - December 2012

  • NHS Integrated Single Finance Environment (IFSE)
  • NHS Choices sign-up
  • Recognition of the LOCs by the NHS Commissioning Board
  • Disclosure and Barring Guidance - update
20 December 2012

Hot Brief Issue 19 - appendix (annex 2)

  • Disclosure and Barring guidance for optical practices and practitioners in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
20 December 2012

Hot Brief Issue 19 - appendix (annex 1)

  • NHS Choices template letter to optical contractors
20 December 2012

Hot Brief Issue 18 - November 2012

  • GOS fee negotiations
  • Sight Test Survey
  • Local Eye Health Network update
  • Proposal from the OC and College re Universal Credit
  • CGC registration letter - reminder of exemption
  • NHS Choices
  • Consultation on performers' list
  • NHS PCC note on company liquidation
  • Disclosure and Barring
  • Ophthalmic contract: NHS body status/GOS
  • NHS 111
  • OC's guidance on social media
  • NHS Model Information poster
  • Safeguarding reminder
22 November 2012

Hot Brief Issue 18 - appendix (annex 1)

  • GOS - contractor company insolvency and its effects on directors, etc (August 2012)
22 November 2012

LOCSU Hot Brief Issue 17 - July 2012

  • Securing excellence in commissioning primary care - update for Local Optical Committees
2 July 2012

Hot Brief Issue 17 - appendix (annex A)

  • Securing excellence in commissioning primary eye care - eye health networks sections 3.52-3.54
2 July 2012

Hot Brief Issue 16 - May 2012

  • NHS Reforms in England: CCG approval, Health & Wellbeing Boards, Commissioning Support Services in England, Ophthalmic Public Health
  • GOS fees
  • The OFRC needs your help please
  • NHS 111 programme
  • Safeguarding in England
  • Post-payment verification abuse in the North West
31 May 2012

Hot Brief Issue 16 - appendix (annex A)

  • Health & Wellbeing Board's draft letter
31 May 2012

Hot Brief Issue 15 - March 2012

  • NHS protect blitz on GOS claims outliers - contractors advised to be ready and check all records are up-to-date: NHS Protect; access to records; National Picture
15 March 2012

Hot Brief Issue 15 - appendix (annex 1)

  • Anonymised letter from LOC to contractors re GOS claims and PPV.
15 March 2012

Hot Brief Issue 15 - appendix (annex 2)

  • PCT and GOS PPV visit protocol document
15 March 2012

Hot Brief Issue 14 - February 2012

  • Ophthalmic Public Health Indicator
  • Sight test intervals and the Memorandum of Understanding
  • Glaucoma referral refinements: inter-optometrist referrals
  • Safeguarding Children & Vulnerable Adults
13 February 2012

Hot Brief Issue 14 - appendix (annex 2)

  • Repeat Intra-Ocular Pressure Measurements document from the Optical Confederation.
13 February 2012

Hot Brief Issue 14 - appendix (annex 1)

  • Sight Test Intervals-Memorandum of Understanding document from the Optical Confederation.
13 February 2012

Hot Brief Issue 13 - December 2011

  • NHS Reforms in England - GOS Contract Transfers
  • Local Professional Networks
  • GOS Variation
  • Quality in Optometry
  • Information Governance: possible indicator, strategy, Ophthalmic Public Health Network
  • Aim High
  • Training Bursaries
  • Innapropriate exclusion of DOs from low vision pathway
  • Holiday opening
14 December 2011

Hot Brief Issue 13 - appendix

  • Annex 1 - Information Governance letter
14 December 2011

Hot Brief Issue 12 - October 2011

  • Health & Social Care Bill NHS Reforms in England
  • Transition Period (England)
  • GOS 18
  • Quality in Optometry
  • Centralising GOS Claims and Payments
  • NHS Choices - latest
  • Eye Health Alliance at Party Conferences
  • Briefings for information
19 October 2011

Hot Brief Issue 12 - appendix

  • Local Government guide - Engaging with primary healthcare professionals to improve the health of the local population
19 October 2011

Hot Brief Issue 12 - appendix

  • OC document on Health and Social Care Bill 2011 - House of Lords Second Reading: Eye Health and Eye Care
19 October 2011

Hot Brief Issue 11 - September 2011

  • NHS Choices
28 September 2011

Hot Brief Issue 09 - August 2011

  • NHS Choices in England
31 August 2011

Hot Brief Issue 08 - August 2011

  • Charging for missed appointments (England only)
  • Government support for businesses affected by rioting
  • NHS Reforms in England (any qualified provider)
  • Cooling off period for domiciliary services
  • Right to request time off for training for small to medium-sized companies
  • ABDO: next Low Visions Honours course for Dispensing Opticians
22 August 2011

Hot Brief Issue 08 - appendix

  • Annex 1 - Greater Choice and Control - NHS & AQP (Government's response 19th July 2011)
22 August 2011

Hot Brief Issue 08 - appendix

  • Annex 2 - Consumer Rights Directive (Preliminary Advice for Domiciliary Eye Care Providers)
22 August 2011

Hot Brief Issue 07 - July 2011

  • Context
  • Commissioning guidance
  • Clinical networks
  • Building the evidence base
  • Ophthalmic Public Health Network
  • Partnership working
26 July 2011

Hot Brief Issue 06 - June 2011

  • NHS Reforms in England (listening exercise)
  • Domiciliary fees (care homes and sheltered accommodation)
  • New Bribery Act guidance
20 June 2011

Hot Brief Issue 06 - appendix

  • Clinical advise and leadership - a report from the NHS Future Forum
20 June 2011

Hot Brief Issue 06 - appendix

  • NHS Listening Exercise - key issues for the Optical Sector
20 June 2011

Hot Brief Issue 06 - appendix

  • NHS Future Forum - summary report on proposed changes to the NHS (Professor Steve Field)
20 June 2011

Hot Brief Issue 05 - April 2011

  • NHS reforms in England (Government pause and listening exercise)
  • Letter to Nick Clegg, MP
  • Advice on CRB checks
28 April 2011

Hot Brief Issue 05 - appendix

  • OC and Pharmacy Voice letter to Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg MP, on 20th April 2011 regarding an announcement of a listening exercise to inform the passage of the Health & Social Care Bill
28 April 2011

Hot Brief Issue 04 - April 2011

  • Safeguarding
  • Information governance (latest)
  • NICE quality standards for glaucoma
  • Public health
  • The Bribery Act 2010
13 April 2011

Hot Brief Issue 04 - appendix

  • Safeguarding Children Inspection letter template - LOCs to Contractors
13 April 2011

Hot Brief Issue 04 - appendix

  • Safeguarding Children Inspection letter template - LOCs to PCTs
13 April 2011

Hot Brief Issue 03 - March 2011

  • Liberating the NHS in England (more GP Commissioning Consortia)
  • PCT Clusters in England
  • Regional Optical Leads
  • LOCSU Glaucoma Referral Refinement and OHT pathway
  • Voucher Values
  • GOS fees
  • Vetting and Barring
  • GOS contracts compliance (completing visit forms)
  • Public health
  • Portable field screeners for domiciliary testing
  • Equalities Act 2010
16 March 2011

Hot Brief Issue 03 - appendix

  • The Equality Act - What's New for Employers handbook from ACAS
16 March 2011

Hot Brief Issue 02 - February 2011

  • Important information about LOCSU communications
  • NHS Connecting for Health (information governance framework)
  • 0844 and 0845 numbers - NHS Commissioning changes moves closer
  • Early day motion
  • Second wave of GP Pathfinder Consortia announced
  • LOCSU regional roadshows update
7 February 2011

Hot Brief Issue 02 - appendix

  • GP Consortia document, including 2nd wave,
7 February 2011

Hot Brief Issue 01 - January 2011

  • What lies ahead
  • LOCSU regional training and support roadshows
  • High level endorsements for LOCSU Glaucoma Referral Refinement pathway
  • Latest news from the NHS White Papers (England)
  • Further information and action
5 January 2011

Hot Brief Issue 01 - appendix

  • Letter from College of Optometrists and RCO to the PCT regarding Contact Applanation Tonometry
5 January 2011

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Dates for the diary

Birmingham LOC's AGM

Plough and Harrow Hotel, 135 Hagley Road, Birmingham, B16 8LS

Annual AGM

2018-07-26 18:15:00 - 2018-07-26 21:00:00

Contact name: Ian Hadfield

Contact email: ian.hadfield@nhs.net

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