Eye Care

It is the policy of NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) to ensure that colleagues who use display screen equipment and qualify as a Display Screen Equipment User, are offered an appropriate eye sight test and, if required, a contribution towards the cost of spectacles. 

  • One voucher can be allocated per person every 4 years,  unless otherwise stated by an optician on the prescription.
  • New vouchers are not given if originals are lost or damaged.
  • New vouchers can be allocated if the original voucher has expired, unless there has been sufficient time between the voucher being issued and the expiry date for the voucher to have been used.

If a contribution towards the cost of spectacles is requested, a copy of your prescription must state that it is for Display Screen Equipment (DSE) or Visual Display Unit (VDU) use.

If you qualify as a Display Screen Equipment User (identified by your line manager / directorate on FRM830) then you can ask your manager to contact HR Direct, on your behalf, to apply for these vouchers.  You will need to confirm to your manager that you are up to date with your training and ensure they have a copy of your display screen risk assessment (FRM828).

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Virtual Meetings and the use of Hybrids

Advice has been requested about the use of hybrids in this climate of increased meetings being conducted as Skype calls.

  • Hybrids are for use in the same way as laptops were previously.
  • Laptops don’t come under the Display Screen Equipment (DSE) risk assessments as they were not meant for routine daily use.
  • If a hybrid needs to be used for long periods, then it should be used docked to a large screen and movable key board and mouse and with the individual using an appropriate DSE chair.

Suggestions for use when on virtual calls are have a 5 min break every hour into a call; make sure hybrid is in a comfortable position before starting calls; virtual meetings shouldn’t go on for more than 2 hours without a 30 min break; switching off the video capture for people; not constantly focusing on the screen when its being shared, this will mean no set postures so reduce neck ache and eye strain.