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The latest Primary Care Administration (PCA) publications

Published on 07 July 2021

Below are the latest Primary Care Administration (PCA) publications issued by the Scottish Government.

PCA(O)(2021)08

  • Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) guidance
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) funding
  • Staff Wellbeing
  • Workforce Specialist Service
  • £500 non-consolidated payment – claims for locums and sessional paid staff
  • Patient / Patient Representative Signatures
  • Patient Exemption Checking.

PCA(O)(2021)07

  • update on Ophthalmic List removal for non-provision of GOS
  • reminder regarding participation in the lateral flow device testing programme
  • update on financial support for practice premises and mobile practices.

PCA(O)(2021)06

  • update on opening hours for practice premises
  • update on financial support for community optometry practice premises and mobile practices.

PCA(O)(2021)05

  • update on the transition to the pull model of PPE ordering – NHS Borders, NHS Lanarkshire, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
  • update on financial support for practice premises, mobile practices and peripatetic services provision.

PCA(O)(2021)04

  • reminder about the necessity for practices ordering PPE via the PECOS system to do so by the deadline date
  • change to GOS(S)1 financial support arrangements for community optometry practice premises
  • updated Public Health Scotland guidance on infection prevention and control for primary care.

PCA(O)(2021)03

  • one off Non-Consolidated bonus payment to all NHS and social care staff
  • frequently asked questions to support this PCA.

PCA(O)(2021)02

  • recourse available to NHS Boards where there is an allegation of a breach of the Terms of Service of the NHS (General Ophthalmic Services) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, as amended
  • 2021 GOS mandatory training requirements – cut-off date for completion
  • update on the transition to the ‘pull’ PPE ordering model
  • funding arrangements for PPE provision to community optometry in Scotland
  • arrangements for financial support in relation to practice closures.

PCA(O)(2021)01

  • 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
  • progress update on the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccinations to all optical practice staff
  • reminder about key worker status for optical practice staff
  • update on PPE, including the transition to a “pull” self-ordering model.

PCA(O)(2020)21

  • 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.

PCA(O)2020(20)

  • agreed fees for participation in the COVID-19 caccination programme
  • advance notice of plans to shift to a 'pull' model for PPE provision to practices.

PCA(O)2020(19)

  • '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.

PCA(O)2020(18)

  • information for community optometry teams about the NHS Pharmacy First Scotland (NHS PFS) service
  • guidance aimed at both community optometry and community pharmacy teams
  • referral form for the assessment and treatment of minor eye conditions.

PCA(O)2020(17)

  • 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).

PCA(O)(2020(16)

  • update on COVID-19 – Scotland’s Strategic Framework
  • supply and usage of NHS Scotland PPE
  • 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
  • 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.

PCA(O)(2020)15

  • reminder regarding the ‘first port of call’ responsibility to manage patients with an emergency eye problem
  • 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
  • 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.

PCA(O)(2020)14

  • 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).

PCA(O)(2020)13

  • 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
  • pre-registration trainee supervisor grant amount and claims process for trainee optometrists taken on or after 1 April 2020.

PCA(O)(2020)12

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

PCA(O)(2020)11

  • details for community optometry in relation to Phase 3 of the Scottish Government’s COVID-19 Recovery Route map
  • 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
  • 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.

PCA(O)(2020)10

  • 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
  • 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;
  • 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.
  • complete attached declaration form in connection with PCA(O)2020(10) and email to your local NHS board ophthalmic listing contact. The necessary contacts can be found in this document.

PCA(O)(2020)09

  • 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
  • supply of NHS-provided PPE to community optometry practice premises ahead of the resumption of face-to-face NHS emergency and essential eye care.

PCA(O)(2020)08

  • continuation of financial support for community optometry
  • emergency dispensing and the submission of claims
  • coding accuracy in respect of emergency or essential eye care
  • amendment to eSchedules
  • update to the Community Eye Care website.

PCA(O)(2020)07

  • 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
  • miscellaneous other updates.

PCA(O)(2020)06

  • new arrangements for all face-to-face contact between patients and community eye care practitioners
  • PPE requirements, the establishment of designated EETCs and PPE supply for EETCs
  • new arrangements for emergency and essential domiciliary eye care provision
  • clarifies COVID-19 key worker status for the community optical sector
  • financial support for some self-employed individuals.

PCA(O)(2020)05

  • 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
  • clarification on aspects of the financial support measures introduced in PCA(O)2020(4) and provides an update on emergency dispensing
  • confirmation that community optometrists are to be considered 'Category 2' workers during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • further guidance on key workers and access to childcare provision
  • 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

PCA(O)(2020)04

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

PCA(O)(2020)03

  • COVID-19: Domiciliary Eyecare Services and practice inspections
  • important information relating to the provision of domiciliary eyecare services
  • guidance to NHS boards regarding practice inspections.