Search Legislation

General Ophthalmic Services Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007

 Help about what version

What Version

  • Latest available (Revised)
  • Original (As enacted)

Status:

This is the original version (as it was originally enacted). This item of legislation is currently only available in its original format.

Interpretation

2.  In these Regulations —

the Charges Regulations” means the Charges for Drugs and Appliances Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1997(1);

the Order” means the Health and Personal Social Services (Northern Ireland) Order 1972;

“the Remission Regulations” means the Travelling Expenses and Remission of Charges Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2004(2);

“authority” has the meaning given to it by the Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995(3);

Board” means a Health and Social Services Board;

“capital limit” means the amount prescribed for the purposes of section 130(1) of the Social Security Contributions and Benefits (Northern Ireland) Act 1992(4) as it applies to income support;

“child tax credit” means child tax credit under section 8 of the Tax Credits Act 2002(5);

Committee” means the Ophthalmic Committee, constituted under regulation 3;

“complex appliance” means an optical appliance at least one lens of which —

(a)

has a power in any one meridian of plus or minus 10 or more dioptres, or

(b)

is a prism controlled bifocal lens;

“contractor” means a person who has undertaken to provide general ophthalmic services and whose name is included in the ophthalmic list;

“deputy” means an ophthalmic medical practitioner or optician, who is included in the ophthalmic list and assists in the provision of general ophthalmic services;

“director” means —

(a)

a director of a body corporate; or

(b)

a member of the body of persons controlling a body corporate;

“disability element” means the disability element of working tax credit as specified in section 11(3) of the Tax Credits Act 2002;

“doctor” means a medical practitioner;

“eligible person” means a person who, in accordance with regulation 16, may have his sight tested under general ophthalmic services;

“general ophthalmic services” means the services which a contractor must provide pursuant to paragraph 14 of the terms of service;

“income-based jobseekers allowance” has the meaning given to it by Article 3(4) of the Jobseekers (Northern Ireland) Order 1995(6);

“income support” means income support under Part VII of the Social Security Contributions and Benefits (Northern Ireland) Act 1992 and includes personal expenses addition, special transitional addition and transitional addition as defined in regulation 2(1) of the Income Support (Transitional) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1987(7);

“juvenile justice centre” has the meaning given by Article 51(1) of the Criminal Justice (Children) (Northern Ireland) Order 1998(8);

Local Optical Committee” means the committee recognised by the Department under Article 55 of the Order;

“mobile practice” means a contractor who has made arrangements with the Board to provide mobile services and does not have practice premises in its area;

“mobile services” means general ophthalmic services provided at a location, other than the contractors practice premises, which a contractor has made arrangements with the Board to provide in its area;

“notice of entitlement” means a notice issued under regulation 8 of the Remission Regulations for the purposes of remission of charges under the Order;

“ophthalmic hospital” includes an ophthalmic department of a hospital;

“ophthalmic list” means the list prepared by the Agency under regulation 8;

“ophthalmic medical practitioner” means a doctor whose qualifications have in accordance with regulation 6 or regulation 7 been approved as being prescribed qualifications;

Ophthalmic Qualifications Committee” means the Advisory Committee appointed under Article 25 of the Order after consultation with each Board and such organisation as may be recognised by the Department as representing medical practitioners, for the purposes of approving —

(a)

ophthalmic hospitals, academic degrees, academic or post graduate courses in ophthalmology and appointments affording special opportunities for acquiring the necessary skill and experience of the kind required for the provision of general ophthalmic services; and

(b)

the qualifications of doctors for the purpose of the general ophthalmic services;

“optician” means an ophthalmic optician;

“patient” means a person for whom a contractor has agreed to provide general ophthalmic services;

“pension credit guarantee credit” shall be construed in accordance with sections 1 and 2 of the State Pension Credit Act (Northern Ireland) 2002(9);

“qualifications” includes qualifications as to experience;

“qualifying full-time education” has the meaning given to it by Article 62(4) of the Order;

“relevant income” has the same meaning as in section 7(3) of the Tax Credits Act 2002;

“severe disability element” means the severe disability element of working tax credit specified in section 11(6)(d) of the Tax Credits Act 2002;

“sight test form” means a form which, in accordance with the Statement, is to be completed for the purposes of payments in respect of a sight test;

“suspended by direction of the Tribunal” means suspended as respects the provision of general ophthalmic services to patients by a direction of the Tribunal made pursuant to paragraph 9(3) or paragraph 10(1) of Schedule 11 to the Order or to any provisions in force in England, Scotland or Wales corresponding to those provisions;

“terms of service” means the terms set out in Schedule 1;

“the Statement” has the meaning assigned to it in regulation 12(1);

“working tax credit means working tax credit under section 10 of the Tax Credits Act 2002.

(4)

1992 c.7; regulation 45 of the Income Support (General) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1987 (S.R. 1987 No. 459) as amended by regulation 2(4) of S.R. 2005 No. 424 has prescribed the amount of £16,000 as the capital limit

(6)

S.I. 1995/2705 (N.I.15); Article 3(4) was amended by paragraph 3(4)(a) of Schedule 7 to the Welfare and Pensions (Northern Ireland) Order 1999 (S.I. 1999/3147 (N.I. 11))

Back to top

Options/Help

Print Options

Close

Legislation is available in different versions:

Latest Available (revised):The latest available updated version of the legislation incorporating changes made by subsequent legislation and applied by our editorial team. Changes we have not yet applied to the text, can be found in the ‘Changes to Legislation’ area.

Original (As Enacted or Made): The original version of the legislation as it stood when it was enacted or made. No changes have been applied to the text.

Close

Opening Options

Different options to open legislation in order to view more content on screen at once

Close

More Resources

Access essential accompanying documents and information for this legislation item from this tab. Dependent on the legislation item being viewed this may include:

  • the original print PDF of the as enacted version that was used for the print copy
  • lists of changes made by and/or affecting this legislation item
  • confers power and blanket amendment details
  • all formats of all associated documents
  • correction slips
  • links to related legislation and further information resources
Close

More Resources

Use this menu to access essential accompanying documents and information for this legislation item. Dependent on the legislation item being viewed this may include:

  • the original print PDF of the as enacted version that was used for the print copy
  • correction slips

Click 'View More' or select 'More Resources' tab for additional information including:

  • lists of changes made by and/or affecting this legislation item
  • confers power and blanket amendment details
  • all formats of all associated documents
  • links to related legislation and further information resources