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General Ophthalmic Services Activities Collection (SBE515)

ROCR Licence: ROCR/OR/0068/005MAND
Frequency: Yearly


Background to the collection

The objective of the General Ophthalmic Services (GOS) is to provide (through high-street opticians' practices), preventative and corrective eye care for children, people aged 60 and over, people on low incomes, and those suffering from or pre-disposed to eye disease.

The SBE515 collection collects information on the number of NHS sight tests, NHS optical vouchers, and NHS vouchers for repair or replacement that are provided by opticians under contract from PCTs in England over a six month period.

The statistics are derived from data entered onto the Central Ophthalmic Payments System, an NHS Connecting for Health product accessed via Open Exeter, which is combined with data obtained from the SBE515 return on Omnibus Survey, our online data collection tool.

Organisations that enter their data onto the Central Ophthalmic Payments System on an 'individual' basis (i.e. 100 per cent of the activity for the six month period entered rather than samples) will not be required to complete the SBE515 return.

Those Organisations that do not use the Central Ophthalmic Payments System will be required to complete a full SBE515 return.

For those organisations collecting Table 4 data only:

As part of the Health and Social Care Information Centre's commitment to reducing the burden of central collections on the NHS, and in response to our Consultation on eye care publications the collection of sight tests data by patient category ('Table 4') is now collected once a year, as opposed to twice. Returns should be sampled from sight test claims for the full reporting year.

Launch and submission dates



Submission Deadline

1 April - 31 March

1 April 2014

14 April 2014

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