Freedom of Information Act: England model publication scheme 

This document complies with the requirements of the Information Commissioner’s Model Publication Scheme for Askew Eyewear in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and fulfils the obligations on opticians’ practices under the Act. 

This is a complete guide to the information routinely made available to the public by Askew Eyewear. It is a description of the information about our NHS services that we make publicly available. It will be reviewed at regular intervals. 

How is the information available? 

The information within each class is available in hard copy from: 

ASKEW EYEWEAR, 195-197 Church Street, London N16 0UL

Or can be printed from this website. 

www.askeweyewear.com

Guide information 

We will publish any changes we make to this guide or relevant information. We will also publish any  proposed changes or additions to publications already available. 

Cost of information 

For the most part, we will only charge for hard copies, or copies onto media. Charges are as follows and will  be reviewed regularly. 

  • Accessed from our website – free of charge
  • Single hard copies – £20
  • As the Freedom of Information Act applies to the provision of information, a request for multiple  hard copies does not fall within the provisions of the Act and will attract a charge for retrieval, photocopying and postage. We will inform you of the cost of charges that need to be paid in advance 
  • Email will be free of charge

Your rights to information 

  • The Freedom of Information Act 2000 is designed to promote openness and accountability amongst  all organisations that receive public money 
  • Like all NHS contractors, since 1 January 2005 there has been a FOI obligation on optical practices to  respond to requests about the NHS related information that they hold, and a right of access to that  information has been established in law 
  • These rights are subject to exemptions (see below) that have to be taken into consideration before  releasing information
  • In addition to accessing the information identified in this guide, you are entitled to request  information about our NHS services under the NHS Openness Code 1995 
  • Under the Data Protection Act 1998, you are also entitled to access your clinical records or any other  personal information held about you and you can contact any practice where your records are held to do this 

Feedback 

If you have any comments about the operation of the Publication Scheme, or how we have dealt with your  request for information from the scheme, please write to: 

ASKEW EYEWEAR, 195-197 Church Street, London N16 0UL

Or email: 

info@askeweyewear.com

Classes of Information 

All NHS information at Askew Eyewear is held, retained and destroyed within NHS  guidelines. Our commitment to publish information excludes any information that can be legitimately  withheld under the exemptions set out in the NHS Openness Code or Freedom of Information Act 2000, the  main reasons being the protection of commercial interests and personal information under the Data  Protection Act 1998. This scheme has been written in accordance with those exemptions. The information on  this scheme is grouped into the following categories: 

 

Who we are and what we do 

 

Askew Eyewear is an independent optical boutique established in Stoke Newington in 2006.

 

We provide a relaxing environment with friendly qualified staff to help make the important decision of how to look and feel good in your choice of eyewear. A unique range of optical and sunglass frames are sourced from around the world and are updated regularly along with a bespoke and vintage collections. The children's range is especially worth a look. All our services are accompanied by professional but honest advice .

 

Details of the opticians and optometrists employed in our practice  can be obtained by contacting that practice directly.  Alternatively, details of all opticians and optometrists registered in the UK are available from the  General Optical Council  

∙ Company registration number 05822774

Financial and funding information: what we spend and how we spend it 

For every sight test performed on behalf of the NHS the practice receives a set fee, which is fixed nationally.  

The fees paid by the NHS for each service are available from the practice on request. They include a  contribution towards optometrists’ and staff salaries, equipment costs and other practice overheads. Information in this class will be published only where it is unlikely adversely to affect the commercial position  of the firm or practice 

 

Our priorities 

To provide our patients with high quality eye care 

Decision making  

Any decisions made about the provision of NHS-funded services will be reflected in the services we provide and in the contract(s) held with NHS England local health boards 

Our policies and procedures  

  • Complaints 
  • Data protection
  • Health and safety

They are available on request from info@askeweyewear.com

Complaints 

If you have a complaint about any of our products or services, please do discuss any problems with the  practice owner, Tonya Cavanagh who can be contacted at info@askeweyewear.com.

Lists and registers 

We don’t keep lists and registers. Our patient records are confidential. 

The services we offer 

Askew Eyewear provide NHS-funded sight tests for those who are eligible. Patients may also be  entitled to NHS vouchers that can be used against the purchase of spectacles or contact lenses as required.  To find out if you are eligible for this assistance, visit the Department of Health website or you ask for details in our practice. 

Appointments for sight tests can be booked over the phone, email  or by dropping into the practice. 

Regular publications and information for the public 

Further Information about optical and ocular conditions, sight tests, spectacles, and contact lenses, can be found on 

College of Optometrists 

Some of this information is also available in patient leaflets. These are freely available from all our  practice(s). To request a set of leaflets by post, please write to: 

ASKEW EYEWEAR, 195-197 Church Street, London N16 0UL

Or email: 

info@askeweyewear.com

 

Useful resources 

Websites: 

Information Commissioner 

Publications: 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 

Copyright 

This document has been created by the AOP, ABDO, FODO and the College of Optometrists. Material available through this  publication scheme is copyright unless otherwise indicated. Unless expressly indicated to the contrary, it may be reproduced free of  charge in any format or medium, provided it is done so accurately in a manner that will not mislead. Where items are re-published  or copied to others, you must identify the source and acknowledge copyright status. This permit does not extend to third party  material, accessed through the scheme.  

For HMSO Guidance notes on FOI publication schemes see www.hmso.gov.uk/guides.htm.