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CET course Monday 26 January and 9th February 2015

 

 

6 January 2015

 

Board Recruitment deadline looming – Monday 12 January 2015

 

There is less than one week to go to submit nominations for either of the two vacant LOCSU Board member positions.

 

LOCSU is looking to recruit two new Board members; one to represent LOCs in the north of England region and one to represent LOCs in the south of England region.

 

Nominations and applications will only be considered from LOCs and LOC officers from either region. You can check your eligibility to nominate or apply by visiting the full list of LOCs for both regional vacancies here on the LOCSU website.

 

LOCs in the north and south of England regions are invited to nominate candidates for the positions and LOC Officers across both regions have been sent details of the recruitment process direct.

 

Applications close on Monday 12 January 2015.

 

For further details visit: http://www.locsu.co.uk/about-us/workwithus.

 

 

 

12 December 2014

 

Optical sector granted new use of the NHS logo

 

The Optical Confederation and ONFC are pleased to announce that optometrists, opticians and optical businesses offering NHS services may now use the NHS logo with immediate effect.

 

This development comes following discussion throughout 2014 between the Optometric Fees Negotiating Committee (OFNC), NHS England and the Department of Health.

 

Community optics can now join with other primary care colleagues – including pharmacists, dentists and community audiologists – in being able to display the NHS logo on practice fronts and in certain communications.

 

The Optical Confederation has worked with NHS England to develop guidance for practitioners about the correct use of the logo. This will be available on NHS England’s website shortly.

 

Optical Confederation Chair Chris Hunt said: “As the main providers of primary eye care in the UK it is only right that community optical practices and practitioners are recognised for the work they do on the front line of NHS care. I am delighted that NHS England and the Department of Health have acknowledged this. More importantly, this move will help people who need eye care to understand that community optical practices are part of the NHS. This is a great victory for joint working across optics and a good omen for our expanding role in delivering more NHS services in the community.”

 

Mike George, Chair of the ONFC, said: “It has been a real group effort across optics to get this dispensation to use the NHS logo. We also thank our colleagues from pharmacy, and the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC), for allowing us to draw heavily on their guidance. Many in optics have felt we should have been allowed the use of the logo for some time but it is one thing saying this and quite another achieving this change.”

 

 

 

December 2014

 

News from LOCSU

  • NOC videos now online
  • LOCSU launches Board Recruitment
  • LOCSU MD appointed Vice Chair of NHS England Stakeholder Group
  • LOC website migration begins
  • Online Training Module for LOC Treasurers goes live


News from LOCs

  • Devon LOC promotes eye health on regional TV
  • Dudley practices to deliver pioneering healthy living scheme
  • MP visits BEH LOC practice
  • Sutton Disability Pathway launched


News from Local Eye Health Networks

  • LEHN event explores commissioning for collaboration and outcomes


News from other organisations

  • Eye health awareness work highlighted at National Dementia Congress
  • Ophthalmic Public Health Committee looks to establish joint social care group
  • Fight for Sight research ‘roadshows’ available to LOCs
  • Glaucoma charity launches awareness drive



Dates for your diaries

News from LOCSU

NOC videos now online
Following last month’s highly-successful National Optical Conference, videos of the keynote speeches from the event are now available to watch for LOC members who were unable to attend.

LOCSU launches Board Recruitment


LOCSU is looking to recruit two new Board members to represent LOCs in the north of England and south of England regions, to replace the current representatives whose term of office is coming to an end.

LOCs in the north and south of England regions are invited to nominate candidates for the positions and LOC Officers across both regions have been sent details of the recruitment process direct.

Applications close on Monday 12 January 2015. For further details visit:  http://www.locsu.co.uk/about-us/workwithus.



LOCSU MD appointed Vice Chair of NHS England Stakeholder Group

NHS England have announced that Katrina Venerus, LOCSU’s Managing Director, has been appointed as Vice Chair of the Primary Care Support (PCS) Stakeholder Group established to provide customer input into the transformation programme. Dr Ian Hume from the British Medical Association (BMA) has been elected Chair of this Group. Both bring a wealth of primary care experience as well as an understanding of the complexities around a negotiated public procurement.

Katrina said: “As a group, we welcome the opportunity to participate in the PCS transformation programme. These services touch many aspects of our professional lives and so it is right that we now have a Stakeholder Group representing all the relevant professions. We have a tremendous opportunity to influence decisions as plans are developed. Peter Hampson and Paul Morris represent the Optical Confederation on the group so we are fortunate to have a broad range of expertise from our sector.”



LOC website migration begins

Content migration is underway for LOCs that have previously confirmed they wish to move from the historic Cast website platform to the new and improved platform. A separate communication will be sent shortly illustrating the design and features of the new system. All LOCs have the opportunity to use the new system if they wish. It is intended that initial test websites will be sent to the first group of LOCs this month, to go live following individual LOC confirmation. Online training will be provided on the new content management system underpinning the new websites. There is no cost to LOCs for using these new website templates.



Online Training Module for LOC Treasurers goes live

We are delighted to announce that our online training module for LOC Treasurers is now live and can be accessed via the Members’ Area of the website. Treasurers attending the recent NOC voiced their appreciation of the creation of a resource to support new and experienced Treasurers in their role. The module consists of three short videos (slides with audio commentary) and an Excel workbook which includes best-practice examples and a couple of ‘how not to do it’ spreadsheets. There is also a short user guide detailing the contents of each video and Excel workbook. 

As always, we welcome your feedback so please get in touch to let us know how you get on with the module. We also provide one-to-one support for Treasurers. For further details please contact us at info@locsu.co.uk.




News from LOCs


Devon LOC promotes eye health on Hiblio TV

As part of their continuing efforts to promote eye health regionally, trailblazers at Devon LOC has participated in a live conversation on Hiblio TV. Hiblio LIVE is a brand new subscription-free TV service from South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. The conversation was broadcast live on Thursday 27 November 2014 at 2.30pm and can be accessed through www.hiblio.tv/live.

The service offers viewers credible information about health, wellbeing and lifestyle. People can watch conversations live in real-time via the web. Clinical professionals, patients, carers, established charities and public bodies appear on the studio sofa to share their knowledge, expertise and experience with Torbay residents and beyond.
The channel also tweets daily health tips or news about upcoming broadcasts, you can follow them on Twitter – @hiblio or visit their website. For more information about the initiative, contact Jonathan Drew, Devon LOC Business Manager, jdrew@devonloc.co.uk.


Dudley practices to deliver pioneering healthy living scheme

Dudley Local Optical Committee (LOC) has joined forces with Public Health Dudley to develop the first Health Living Optician concept in England.

The pioneering project will see optical practices across Dudley provide NHS health checks, smoking cessation advice and health promotion. The innovative scheme for optics builds on Dudley’s successful Healthy Living Pharmacy initiative, which provides a portfolio of valuable public health services under one ‘brand’ together with a robust accreditation process.

The pilot is the brainchild of Dudley LOC Chair, Shamina Asif, who “began knocking on the door of the Public Health team four years ago” to discuss a smoking cessation scheme. Katrina Venerus praised her tenacity and said that LOCSU would be looking to persuade other public health teams with the Dudley model.

At the launch event this month, Michelle Dyoss, Public Health Practitioner (Pharmacy) said: “We are delighted to have been able to work with the LOC on the Healthy Living Optician scheme. The Healthy Living Pharmacy scheme extends beyond the ‘traditional’ pharmacy services to focus on a spectrum of needs relating to healthy living and lifestyles, through direct provision of advice and interventions and sign-posting to other services. It is great that the people of Dudley will now be able to access many of the same services at a local optical practice.”

Shamina Asif, Dudley LOC Chair, said: “It is exciting times for Dudley LOC. We are very grateful to our colleagues in the Public Health Dudley team for developing the Healthy Living Optician scheme which is the first of its kind in England and to LOCSU for their support.
“For the population of Dudley, the Healthy Living Optician scheme will provide a valuable resource for communities and will make a tangible contribution to improvement in health and wellbeing.”

Training, funded by Public Health Dudley, will be provided in early 2015 and the LOC expects to have the first Healthy Living Optician and the promotional campaign for the scheme up and running by March 2015.



MP visits BEH LOC practice

Local MP for Edmonton, Andy Love, visited M. D. Cooper Opticians on Friday 24 October to find out why regular eye tests are so important in preventing blindness. The visit was arranged between the MP and Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Local Optical Committee (BEH LOC), with support from the Optical Confederation’s Public Affairs Team.



Sutton Disability Pathway launched

Local MP, Tom Brake, helped Merton Sutton and Wandsworth LOC launch their Community Eye Care Pathway for Adults and Young People with Learning Disabilities recently. Mr Brake, MP for Carshalton and Wallington, joined LOC Chair, Eyall Gelbart, at Wallington Opticians in Wallington for the launch of the service in the Sutton CCG area.




News from LEHNs

LEHN event explores commissioning for collaboration and outcomes

The important role that regular sight tests play in the prevention of avoidable sight loss and the need for the best possible support services when people do go blind were among the key conclusions at a regional sight loss event in the Midlands last month. There was also support for community eye services from a local CCG Chair.

On 6 November, Beacon Centre for the Blind near Wolverhampton, in association with the NHS England Local Eye Health Network, hosted its second annual conference, the theme of which was “The eye health Tsunami” covering key actions to improve the patient experience and outcomes.

Speakers included Claire Roberts, Chair of Local Eye Health Network, NHS England, Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country Area Team and Katrina Venerus, Managing Director of LOCSU.

Delegates heard about the challenges the Midlands region faces in terms of massive increases in demand for sight loss services, and how NHS commissioners, local providers and community optometry need to work innovatively and collaboratively.

Dr Dan DeRosa, Chair of Wolverhampton CCG, explained his CGG’s strategy to meet the rising demand for eye services, which included the recent roll out of new community services based in optical practices. Dr DeRosa delighted the LOC members in the audience when he proposed that it was common sense to make better utilisation of optometrists and opticians to support GPs in primary care. Afternoon workshops explored in more detail how a joined-up approach to issues like dementia and sight loss could improve the quality of local services by increasing take up of regular sight tests and ensuring that appropriate support was available in the right place at the right time.
The event feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with delegates praising the quality of speakers and the opportunity for a multi-disciplinary group to discuss collaborative, patient-centred models of care.

Speaking to LOCSU News, Claire Roberts, Chair of Local Eye Health Network, NHS England, Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country Area Team, said: "This was a great opportunity for the LEHN to work with a local sight loss charity to bring together speakers and participants from a wide range of backgrounds within the vision and sight loss sector. The event gave us opportunity to further develop local relationships and learn from each other how to play our part in adopting a holistic, person-centred approach in pursuit of better patient outcomes."



News from other organisations

Ophthalmic Public Health Committee looks to establish joint social care group

The VISION 2020 (UK) Ltd Ophthalmic Public Health Committee (OPHC) meeting in November showed the continued commitment and progressive work going forward by the group. The focus of the meeting was to look at the key public health indicators and trying to maximise the relationship between them and eye care. Discussions centred around ideas of local eye health promotion work that could be rolled out nationally. Data gathering and particular data set types to look for were discussed, including uptake of eye test amongst certain target populations. 

The OPHC is investigating the establishment of a multi-disciplinary group from the eye health and social care sector to working together to deliver the UK Vision Strategy. 


Eye health awareness work highlighted at National Dementia Congress

LOCSU is delighted to report that “Raising Awareness of Dementia and Sight Loss in Shropshire and Telford” was the subject of a parallel session at a recent National Dementia Congress in Brighton. Claire Roberts, Clinical Advisor to Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and Wendy Southall, Commissioning Lead for Long Term Conditions and Ophthalmology at Shropshire CCG, presented the work they had undertaken earlier in the year in Shropshire and Telford with a range of healthcare professionals. Claire is also known to many as Local Eye Health Network Chair for Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country and has a particular interest in public health.
The project, funded by an Ophthalmic Public Health grant from RNIB, involved a series of awareness-raising sessions amongst a range of professionals including optometrists and opticians, colleagues working with people living with dementia and colleagues working in the low vision sector. As part of the work a leaflet about dementia and sight loss was developed and distributed across the county. For more information contact claire.roberts28@nhs.net.



Fight for Sight research ‘roadshows’ available to LOCs

Fight for Sight is making its research presentation roadshow available for LOCs. The presentations aimed both optometrists and dispensing opticians, and are CET certified. For more details about how to book a Fight for Sight Speaker for your LOC please email Julian Jackson or call 07773 800073.


Glaucoma charity launches awareness drive

The International Glaucoma Association is having a publicity drive aimed at optical practices. The charity’s website (www.iga.org.uk) has a wealth of free resources, including free leaflets and posters promoting the patient Sightline (01233 648170) and patient email at info@iga.org.uk. Posters and leaflets available to optical practices on the shop pages of the IGA website.



Dates for your diaries

The College of Optometrists has launched a series of new-look member regional lecture and peer discussion events coming up, involving new filmed ethical scenarios and the use of voting pad technology. The College is hosting 25 regional events in the coming year. Details can be found at:  www.college-optometrists.org/regional

 



12 November 2014

 

Deadline for applications for 2015 Leadership Programme

 

This is a reminder to all LOC members that the deadline for applications for the 2015  Leadership Skills for Optical Professionals is fast approaching.

 

The closing date for receipt of applications is Monday, 24 November at 5pm.

 

LOCSU will be funding up to 10 places on the 2015 cohort. We are particularly interested to hear from optical professionals who meet one of the following:

 

  • LOC officers or committee members who have identified a research project that would benefit their local optical community
  • Optical professionals with a keen interest in leadership, and who would be interested in undertaking a research project with a national focus
  • Optical professionals with a keen interest in public health, and who would be interested in undertaking a national research project


If you would like to be considered for a funded place please complete the application form and return to jacquehudson@locsu.co.uk.
Interviews will be conducted by Conference Call on Monday, 8 and Tuesday, 9 December. Please indicate any preferences for dates and times in your covering letter.

 

Recommending the course, Jane Gray, who completed the Leadership Programme in its first year and returned in 2014 as joint module leader said:  “I would recommend the Leadership Module to any optical professional who is already actively involved and wants to be more effective. For me, the course showed how much more effective we can be with this enhanced skill set and knowledge. There is no other course of this type available specifically for professionals within the optical industry. I can honestly say that I would not be where I am today professionally without the LOCSU Leadership Programme. I benefitted enormously from the course.” – Jane Gray, member of East Yorkshire LOC.

 

If you have any questions about the content of the course visit the dedicated page on the LOCSU website or contact LOCSU Learning and Development Consultant, Gill Brabner, gillbrabner@locsu.co.uk.

 

This newsletter is produced by the Local Optical Committee Support Unit (LOCSU).  If you have any queries please contact info@locsu.co.uk

 

 

 

October 2014

 

NOC 2014 SPECIAL

 

New NHS approach signals the time for change has arrived.
Community eye health can play a major role as part of primary care preventative partnership.

 

Contents:

  • Key Messages from the NOC 2014
  • LOCSU and Optical Confederation Welcome
  • Salix – From Dispenser of Medicine to Dispenser of Health
  • NHS England, Taryn Harding – Call to Action for Eye Health
  • Learning from Calls to Action for General Practice, Pharmacy and Dentistry
  • Local Eye Health Networks Perspective
  • The Enablers for the Call to Action Discussion Panel
  • WOPEC Presentation to LOCSU Leadership Group
  • Parallel Sessions – Day One
  • Central (LOC) Fund AGM
  • Networking Meetings
  • LOCSU’s AGM
  • Parallel Sessions – Day Two
  • National Eye Health Week
  • NOC 2014 Poster Competition
  • Looking to the Future


Key Messages from the NOC 2014

Leading the conversation on eye health policy, shaping health provision by working closer with primary care partners and keeping abreast of technological innovation, such as telehealth, are key activities for the community eye health sector, delegates heard at last week’s highly successful National Optical Conference (NOC).
Speaking immediately after the conference in Birmingham, Managing Director, Katrina Venerus, said: “We have certainly been successful in raising the profile of eye health within NHS England via the Call to Action and now we need to build on that.
“Meeting with senior NHS leaders at the NOC it is clear that there is a strong desire to develop a preventative approach through a new primary care strategy that will put community optical practices firmly in the mix of health provision.”


LOCSU and Optical Confederation Welcome

LOCSU Executive Chairman, Alan Tinger, kicked off the 2014 conference, welcoming delegates and making a presentation to outgoing Chairman of the Optical Confederation (OC), Don Grocott, who said that relationship between LOCSU and the OC was a superb demonstration of what we can do together. “The NOC is a great opportunity to develop optical thinking,” Mr Grocott said.

Incoming OC Chairman, Chris Hunt, said that the community optical sector had a “wonderful skill set” and he was looking forward to a “thought-provoking conference”.


Salix – From Dispenser of Medicine to Dispenser of Health

Communications is no longer a bolt-on but an integral part of the policy process, argued Sarah Wrixon from specialist PR firm, Salix & Co. Ms Wrixon, who helped develop and run a recent successful campaign for Pharmacy Voice, outlined why a higher profile among politicians, policy experts and the public is important if you want to achieve your strategic objectives. The Dispensing Health campaign, which delivered prominent coverage in the national media, was an important step change as it moved the perception of pharmacists from being seen as mere medicine sellers to dispensers of health. Sarah said that this approach, along with collaboration with other primary care partners, such as GPs, had the potential to position optometrists and dispensing opticians as expert eye health providers in the community with a “single, credible voice” while at the same time improving the profession’s standing.

Pharmacy Voice chief, Professor Rob Darracott, said that raising the profile of the pharmacy sector had been exceptionally helpful and that primary care partners were more than the sum of their parts. Pointing to a shared political party conference presence he said: “Four professions on one stand has been a winner!” He said there were a number of circumstances, such as GP appointments, and winter A&E pressures, where an alliance of primary care could speak loudly as one to those in the NHS and government shaping delivery and policy.


NHS England, Taryn Harding – Call to Action for Eye Health
Introducing NHS England’s Taryn Harding, the keynote speaker for the conference, LOCSU Managing Director, Katrina Venerus, brought to the attention of delegates the words of NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens having launched a Five Year Forward View for the NHS that very morning The NHS is at a crossroads and needs to change and improve as it moves forward,” Katrina told the audience. “We have all been advocating changes to the delivery of eye health services for rather a long time so I am delighted that the NHS is now up for change.”


The Call to Action naturally leads to how primary care services can promote prevention and early detection, Taryn Harding told the conference. The NHS lead, who is shaping the new primary care strategy, told delegates that the aim of the Call to Action – which received more than 400 responses – was to spread good practice, stimulate debate and improve how eye health services are planned, commissioned and delivered. Along with the other Calls to Action, from general practice, pharmacy and dentistry, the objective was to encourage a preventative partnership that would allow radical change by building primary care services at scale.

Harding identified a range of key themes emerging from the responses to the Call to Action central to a new approach. The NHS policy chief said that improving IT and communications; developing clinical leadership and changing organisational culture; developing pathways and making better use of skills; exploring new contractual opportunities and potentially reviewing GOS; and improving case management and improving accessibility to sight tests, are crucial to building community-based, preventative, patient-centred provision.

She said that these would help patients, their families, carers and communities to receive holistic, high-quality care that is accessible, proactive, responsive and co-ordinated.
“When it comes to health, we need to make every contact count,” Taryn told delegates.
Harding said that the NHS would be setting out its next steps and that these would include; setting out a collective vision, understanding gaps and the journey to where we want to be, appreciating the different models to deliver change, identifying priorities for transformation, and agreeing an action plan.

Taryn responded to a range of questions, including requests for template commissioning and the need for national consistency.


Learning from Calls to Action for General Practice, Pharmacy and Dentistry        
In another keynote session, leading players from pharmacy, dentistry and general practice agreed that the NHS needed radical change just to meet the demands of an aging population and that “more of the same will not do”, while transformation will be driven by outcome data.

Dr Graham Mennie, a GP and Commissioning Lead for ophthalmology at Gloucestershire CCG, gave a compelling local perspective and a stimulating presentation pointing to the stark reality that, with 17 people becoming diabetic every hour, the health production line needed to be more like the “lean” Toyota system than the individually-crafted Aston Martin. “We can’t rely on the traditional, one-to-one secondary care model,” Dr Mennie said.
The Commissioning Lead said that we need to build our services around real-life scenarios – and with a slide of TV coach potato, Jim Royal ­to set the scene – he urged the optical sector to consider the needs of people with multiple co-morbidities, often frail and elderly, to think of carers’ requirements and to innovate through the likes of polypharmacies. “The NHS is up for change; we face new challenges and require new solutions. You need to keep it simple and make it deliverable,” delegates heard.

Professor Rob Darracott, Chief Executive, Pharmacy Voice, said there were many similarities between the pharmacy and optical sector and this provided a focus for future collaborative working.

He said that a partnership of primary care providers could ensure that the forthcoming strategy expands access to public health services, continues to improve patient safety, supports people with long-term conditions and provides an easy access point for the management of common conditions and supported self care. The pharmacy chief told delegates that this would be “an investment in integrated care and innovation”.
John Milne, Chair, General Dental Practice Committee, British Dental Association, said that his profession were looking at a “blended contract” to end perverse incentives that favour treatment volumes over health outcomes ­– contrary to a more preventative approach. “The practitioner should not be penalised because they do the right thing,” NOC delegates heard, adding that shared records, NHS email addresses, electronic prescribing and premises support could benefit the whole of primary care.


Local Eye Health Networks Perspective

Following on from the presentations from Graham Mennie, Rob Darracott and John Milne, delegates watched a video from NHS England showcasing the role of the Local Professional Networks for dental, pharmacy and eye health and highlighting the influence the networks are starting to have. Dharmesh Patel, LOCSU Optical Lead and Greater Manchester LEHN Chair picked up the role of the Local Eye Health Networks (LEHNs) and said that one of the biggest impacts being made by LEHNs was that Commissioners were now approaching them for the clinical leadership, advice and guidance.
The Optical Lead said that LEHNs had been pivotal in co-ordinating local responses to Call to Action consultation. “LEHNs’ Call to Action events were able to bring all stakeholders together around the table and the breadth of stakeholders engaged in local events was refreshing,” Dharmesh explained.
These extensively included: optometrists; ophthalmologists; orthoptists; nurses; GPs; pharmacists; third sector; ECLOs; Public Health; CCGs; Local Authorities; patients; Healthwatch; carers and representatives from Social Care.
Dharmesh said that LEHN projects were now at the forefront of many innovations in service redesign: in health mapping, holistic pathway approach, minimum standards and compliance and collaboration on a range of eye health needs from cataract, through children's vision screening to Minor Eye Condition Services.
A Q&A session with all four speakers highlighted the opportunity and the will to collaborate across primary care professions.


The Enablers for the Call to Action Discussion Panel                                         
There were a wide and insightful range of views on offer during the enablers’ discussion panel with leaders from ophthalmology, general practice, commissioning, optometry and optics giving personal professional perspectives.
The eminent panel consisted of Elaine Grisdale, Head of Professional Services and International Development, ABDO, Dr Graham Mennie Commissioning Lead at Gloucestershire CCG, David Parkins, President of the College of Optometrists and Chair of the London Local Eye Health Network, Richard Smith, Consultant Ophthalmologist and Clinical Lead for informatics (Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust) and Trevor Warburton, Chair LOCSU Clinical Advisory Group, along with discussion chair, Katrina Venerus.

LOCSU Optical Lead Poonam Sharma opened the session focusing on IT, workforce and governance. Poonam maintained that connectivity was not just about genuine grumblings about NHS email but fundamental patient pathway integration between primary and secondary care. Dr Graham Mennie said that it was time health provision “took the test to the patient” making the case for mobile screening particularly for rural localities.
Consultant Ophthalmologist Richard Smith told the audience that we need to be training for tomorrow. “It’s not actually about the enablers, it is about the process of managing change,” Mr Smith explained. David Parkins, meanwhile, told delegates that we need contracts based on outcomes for the future. Elaine Grisdale highlighted that dispensing opticians are often left out of workforce solutions. “DOs are underutilised and as specialists in low vision often create the relationship with the patient in the practice offering continuity of care. DOs should be frontline actors in children’s vision screening. Don’t overlook the skills, enthusiasm and geographical coverage of dispensing colleagues.”


WOPEC Presentation to LOCSU Leadership Group

Delegates were invited to attend the WOPEC presentations to the LOCSU Leadership Group. Barbara Ryan presented certificates to the 2014 leadership group and we were joined by Alan Tinger who underlined LOCSU’s commitment to the programme.  Potential candidates who were interested in applying for a funded place on the 2015 module were given the opportunity to ask questions.

On Friday, as part of the second set of parallel sessions, eight of the group made presentations. The themes included: “Enabling LOCs” researching whether LOCs have the internal resources, contribution and internal engagement they need in order to fulfil their external objectives effectively. (Shireen Bharuchi – Oxfordshire LOC); Is there a winning formula for Clinical Leadership in Eye Health (Paul Bradford – Devon LOC); Influencing Participation in Community Schemes (Andrew Bridges – Hampshire LOC); Factors affecting the take-up and activity in community optical services (Bruce Gilson ­­– Buckinghamshire LOC); The need for effective leadership in the amalgamation of adjacent LOC committees (John Davidson – North of Tyne LOC); Raising the Profile of the LOCs with Newly Qualified Optometrists (Dan Dixon – Bradford LOC); and The Difference in Engagement Levels to Participate in Community Eye Care Services (Neelam Patel – Kent LOC)


Parallel Sessions – Day One

Delegates were presented with a choice of four parallel sessions on the afternoon of the first day which were repeated allowing delegates to attend two out of the four. A diverse range of topics were covered – Long Term Conditions, Financial Efficiency for LOC Companies, Prevention including access, and Integration.


Central (LOC) Fund AGM

The first day of the conference ended with the chance to hear about the important work of the Central (LOC) Fund at their AGM.


Networking Meetings

Following the glitz and glamour of the AOP awards, it was an early start for the LOC Networking Meetings. Following feedback last year, a new set of role-based networking meetings were devised with a choice of six different sessions: Business Managers and Administrators, Clinical Governance and Performance Leads, Commissioning Leads/LEHN Leads, IPs, Finance Leads and Treasurers, and New Officers. Feedback from these meetings has been collated and LOCSU plans to circulate a summary of key points to LOCs.


LOCSU’s AGM

The traditional LOCSU AGM held at the NOC started with brief presentations from Alan Tinger, LOCSU Chairman, and Katrina Venerus, Managing Director, on LOCSU’s work over the previous year. Alan focussed on the two main themes of his foreword in the 2013-14 Annual Report regarding transparency and ambition. Alan drew attention to the growing momentum around LOC Companies and highlighted that the company model allowed all types of practice to get involved in providing services.

Katrina reiterated Alan’s point that the direction of travel for LOC companies is very positive and explained that as more LOC companies achieved success in securing service contracts, and the nature of the services becomes more ambitious, LOCSU has had to continually review and enhance the infrastructure and practical support it has developed for the companies. “This is a journey and we are all in it together,” she said.
Questions addressed at the AGM included why some commissioners are engaging with the company model and others are not, what can be done to assist succession planning for LOCs, the inconsistency of commissioned services in England in contrast with Scotland, and when figures on reductions in attendances at hospital outpatients and eye casualty to support the business case will be made available.


Parallel Sessions – Day Two

Delegates were able to participate in a second set of parallel sessions following the LOCSU AGM. Topics included LOC Company Governance, Leaders and Followers, LOCs of the Future and The IP Optometrist in the NHS. As with the Thursday sessions, delegates were presented with a choice of four different parallel sessions which were repeated allowing delegates to attend two out of the four.


National Eye Health Week

David Cartwright outlined some of the highlights of National Eye Health Week that included eye health featured on daytime TV, an early-day motion in Parliament and a reference in the Beano comic to get the message out to schools, parents and kids.
Mr Cartwright told NOC delegates that, to date, the media campaign has generated over 536 pieces of coverage and 137 million opportunities for the public to read, see and hear positive eye care advice.

“This year, our media campaign generated high levels of simultaneous press coverage about the importance of having regular sight tests and advice on how lifestyle can impact on your eye health.”

Top coverage included supplements published in The Times, The Guardian, The Independent, the ‘I’ newspaper as well as Dr Hilary Jones promoting NEHW and eye health on breakfast television.

The College’s Susan Blakeney also took part in a NEHW feature on ITV’s This Morning alongside Dr Chris Steele, Philip Schofield and Amanda Holden.
NEHW saw increased stakeholder engagement with CCGs across the UK and Public Health Wales hosting event and raising health issues on social media.
With forecasters predicting that the number of people living with sight loss will double to four million by 2050, it is alarming that, according to the Eyecare Trust, one in 10 British adults has never had an eye examination. Furthermore, one quarter of over 60s say the quality of their vision affects their daily routine.

“Time and again studies show that sight is the sense we dread losing the most yet people are either not educated or motivated sufficiently to care for it,” David said. “NEHW aims to address this. It is a unique week, the only one that does this work in the UK.” 
David revealed that the date next year NEHW is Sept 21st to 27th. He said his key request though is to get every practice involved. “I’d ask for every LOC and LEHNs to spread the message to other practices and organisations.

“Clearly without third party support there is no NEHW and less than half of one per cent of UK optics annual marketing spend would make a massive difference. So if you have influence in organisations that would like to help, contact me and get involved.”


NOC 2014 Poster Competition

Devon LOC was chosen as the overall winner in the inaugural poster competition for its “Public Health” category entry. The independent judging panel consisting of Rob Darracott, CEO Pharmacy Voice, David Parkins, President of the College of Optometrists and Barbara Ryan, Director Postgraduate Taught Programmes (WOPEC), had the difficult job of choosing one overall winner from the posters exhibited. There were seven short-listed entries across the four categories: (Engagement Strategy, Service Redesign Initiative, Collaborative Working and Public Health).

The runners up were: Camden and Islington LOC (Collaborative Working), Essex LOC (Service Redesign Initiative), North East and Cumbria LEHN (Public Health), North Yorks and Humber LEHN (Engagement Strategy), North Yorks and Humber LEHN (Public Health) and Tees LOC (Service Redesign Initiative).


Looking to the Future

As the conference neared its close Katrina Venerus got out her metaphorical crystal ball to look ahead at what might be in store for community optics. Innovations from smart spex to enhance the lives of people living with sight loss to light treatment for diabetic eye disease were showcased but the emphasis from Katrina was on the future role of optometrists and opticians in providing more of the “out of hospital care” that NHS leaders want. Katrina told the audience that we need to use our collective resources and intelligence and provide support from a local and national level to define and deliver models of integrated care, and that the Clinical Council has a national leadership role to play. Katrina also said that a lot more work was needed to test out the modelling around diabetic eye screening and to ensure that Commissioners understand the benefits of providing screening via optical practices. She stressed that there is a lot to do but the future is certainly bright!
The key take home message was that in partnership with our colleagues in general practice, pharmacy and dentistry we need to make sure we hold NHS England to account in terms of creating some action out of the Call to Action. NHS England has called for it, we have told them what to do and now we need to help them to do it.

 

Hot Brief Issue 33 - October 2014

 

HB 33 Apendix - Optical Confederation Code of Practice Letter 2014

 

 

September 2014

 

News from LOCSU

News from other organisations

News from LOCSU

Deadline looming for NOC bookings
With just over three weeks to go to this year’s National Optical Conference, at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel from 23rd-24th October, the closing date for bookings is drawing close and places and accommodation are limited. Remember, there is one free place for each LOC but don’t leave it too late to book.

The emerging themes from the Call to Action are high on the conference programme, with Taryn Harding our headline speaker from NHS England along with leaders from general practice, pharmacy and dentistry sharing their experiences and insight on the Call to Action consultations.

NOC 2014 will also focus on the enablers for the Call to Action. A panel of experts from ophthalmology, commissioning and the optical sector will discuss the some of the key drivers of change.

As well as the opportunity to hear expert speakers in the plenary sessions, the NOC offers the chance to meet together in smaller groups in the parallel sessions. In response to the feedback from last year's conference, we have moved the Friday morning networking sessions from regional meetings to role-based meetings. Here, you can swap tactics and share challenges and successes over the past year with colleagues.
To book a place at the conference and for more details follow this link.


Annual Report published

This year’s LOCSU Annual Report, detailing the increase in the number of LOCs adopting the LOC Company model, has now been published and a hard copy will be posted to each LOC.

The 2013/14 report details 84 services worth more than £3million procured in the past year with 22 entirely new services. It also shows that 76 of the 81 LOCs now have at least one community service and LOC Companies have 53 contracts in place with CCGs.

The 32-page report, with 18 detailed case studies, can be viewed or downloaded from the LOCSU website by following this link.


Submit your questions on the Annual Report

LOCSU welcomes any questions about the 2013/4 Annual Report which is due to be discussed at the NOC on Friday 24th October. You can submit questions about the report by following this link. LOCs can also request an individual written response on any points you wish you raise.


CTA response published and next steps

LOCSU and the Optical Confederation have submitted a joint response to the NHS Call to Action arguing that the NHS must make better use of community optical practices if it is to cope with the rapidly increasing eye health needs of the population. The organisations have also worked with stakeholders from across the whole eye health sector on the response to the Call to Action from the Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning.

As well as the national response, the majority of LOCs submitted a local response and a great number of individual contractors and performers also got involved. LOCSU and the Optical Confederation would like to thank everyone who took time out over the summer to work on a response as well as those that attended the numerous local Call to Action stakeholder engagement events hosted by NHS England. 

The results of the Call to Action for eye health, along with the findings from the Calls to Action for general practice, pharmacy and dentistry that took place over the past year, will be used by NHS England to help it shape its primary care commissioning strategy, which is expected to be published later in the year.

In the meantime you can read the full response from LOCSU and the Optical Confederation here.


Optical Lead steps down

LOCSU would like to pay tribute to the excellent contribution from Charles Barlow who is stepping down from his position at Optical Lead due to business and personal commitments. We will be recruiting to add to the LOCSU team in due course but in the meantime the other Optical Leads, along with head office colleagues, will be on hand to provide support for the LOCs Charles was working with.


Including DOs in LOC CET events

The number of dispensing opticians attending LOC meetings is increasing, and the trend is set to continue as more are co-opted as officers. However, DOs are often overlooked when it comes to CET events organised by LOCs. We would like to take this opportunity to point out that much of the CET arranged for optometrists can also be approved for dispensing opticians and contact lens opticians within the same CET application; it is not just the competency of “Optical Appliances” which is relevant to DOs.

The Communication competencies and the Professional Conduct competencies for optometrists, contact lens opticians and dispensing opticians are almost identically worded, and so including DOs in the target group is often a case of just stating the same learning objectives in the application. In addition, some of the e-clinical competencies such as Ocular Disease and Assessment of Visual Function have an echo in the DO/CLO competencies. 

Please note: If applying for a transfer of CET from another Provider, check if the approval includes the target groups that you are inviting to the meeting. If it doesn’t you can, with the Provider’s permission, copy the submission though your own Provider account and add competencies for DOs/CLOs where appropriate.

The team at the ABDO CET office can help with the competency choice and the wording of learning objectives in approval applications for mixed target groups. Tel: 01206 734155 or email cet@abdocet.infoman.org.uk. The membership team at ABDO can email ABDO members in LOC areas with details of LOC meetings. Contact Katie Docker, Head of ABDO Membership, at kdocker@abdo.org.uk.


News from other organisations

Congratulations to National Eye Health Week

Huge congratulations go to the National Eye Health Week (NEHW) team and everyone who got involved in making NEHW 2014 a great success.

Over 300 pieces of press coverage were generated including supplements in national newspapers, an appearance from the College of Optometrists Clinical Advisor, Dr Susan Blakeney, on ITV’s This Morning and Dr Hilary Jones talking about NEHW and importance of eye health. That's all in addition to the massive effort made across the country by optical practices, Local Eye Health Networks, public health teams, and the voluntary sector taking the awareness campaign out to local communities, which included special events in practices, stands in shopping centres and community centres and various local radio interviews.    

The LOCSU team got involved by joining AOP colleagues at our London head office for a fundraising alphabet lunch which raised the grand sum of £233 for eye health charities.  Roll on NEHW 2015!


New Chairman for Optical Confederation

The Optical Confederation (OC) has announced the appointment of Chris Hunt as its new Chairman. Mr Hunt will take up the position in October, succeeding the current Chairman, Don Grocott.

Mr Hunt has extensive optical experience, having held a number of CEO appointments within large international corporations engaged in spectacle manufacturing, diagnostic equipment manufacturing and optical retailing. He is Master on the Court of The Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers and a Trustee of its Education Trust. He also works as a Strategic Development Consultant for a number of companies. Read the full news release on the OC website.


Review of professional standards by GOC

The General Optical Council is issuing a call for evidence as it launches a strategic review of the standards it sets for optometrists and dispensing opticians. The review will seek to ensure that its standards continue to reflect good practice now and in the future, while enabling optical professionals to develop their roles – for example, by delivering more enhanced services in the community. Visit the GOC website for more details.


Sight loss guide for GPs

A learning tool to help general practice teams increase their knowledge and awareness of eye health issues affecting older people is to be launched by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the UK Vision Strategy (UKVS) at this week's RCGP conference. "Sight loss in older people – The essential guide for general practice" also provides guidance on how to support people with sight loss, and the links between age, sight loss and other conditions such as diabetes and dementia.

The guide has been produced as part of the RCGP’s eye health clinical priority programme and comes hot on the heels of a UKVS survey, in collaboration with RCGP that revealed the majority of GPs are not confident in detecting early signs of major eye diseases. The results of the survey to establish levels of awareness amongst GPs and their Practice Teams in terms of managing the eye health of their patients and the needs of their patients with sight loss, showed just one third (34.1%) of respondents were confident in diagnosing symptoms or signs of age-related macular degeneration, with only half of GPs confident in diagnosing diabetic retinopathy (48.8%), glaucoma (51.2%) or refractive error (49.3%). The majority of respondents (81.1%) expressed an interest in receiving training.

A copy of the guide will be circulated to LOCs for information in due course.


Dates for your diaries

  • National Optical Conference, from Thursday 23th to Friday 24th October 2014.
  • 100% Optical, will take place from Saturday 7th to Monday 9th February 2015 at Excel Centre in London.
  • Optometry Tomorrow 2015 will be held from Sunday 8th to Monday 9th March 2015 at the Brighton Centre.
  • Optrafair will take place at the Birmingham NEC from Wednesday 18th to Friday 20th April 2015.

 

 

September 2014

 

Commissioning Special


In this special edition of LOCSU News, we look at the commissioning success of LOCs and LOC Companies since April 2014. With many services activated at the start of the current financial year either as new services or as recommissioned services, this LOCSU News Commissioning Special aims to bring you right up-to-date with all the procurement news around the country. Detailed case studies on commissioning will be available in LOCSU’s Annual Report due for release later this month.

 


April


Tees
When South Tees CCG and Hartlepool and Stockton CCG (HAST CCG) decided to move their existing community services onto the NHS Standard Contract, they worked closely with the LOC and LOCSU Optical Lead Zoe Richmond, to revisit the pathways and introduce added value.


The use of a tailored OptoManager module was negotiated so that the outcomes of the services could be measured and compared against national standards. Combined, the value of the multiple contracts covering MECs, cataract referral, low vision and IOP RR, between the CCG and the 40 plus practices involved in the three-year deal, will be worth between more than £200,000.


Oxfordshire
Working with Optical Lead Poonam Sharma to explain the benefits of the LOC Company model to Commissioners was the start of a process of increased collaboration in Oxfordshire which resulted in an expansion of the IOP Repeat Readings service (Level 1a) and the re-launch of the service under an LOC Company contract in April. The service now includes visual fields repeats and Level 1c to manage referrals from non-participating and out of areas practices.


Worcestershire
Supported by LOCSU and Optical Lead Charles Barlow, Primary Eyecare Arden, Herefordshire & Worcestershire gained their first success as a company in a competitive tender launched by South Worcestershire and Wyre Forest CCGs. The Commissioner was looking for a single provider to deliver IOP Repeat Readings, cataract post-op and PEARS, all of which were currently provided by individual optical practices across the Worcestershire LOC area. Community monitoring of stable glaucoma was also to be included within the new service. The Regional LOC Company, with a network of over 40 practices willing to provide the service, was announced as the preferred bidder for the service in February 2014.


After some discussion during the mobilisation phase, it was agreed with the Commissioner that the LOC Company would commence with the existing pathways from April, whilst a model for community monitoring of patients with stable glaucoma was developed with the local hospital trust. The service is valued at around £300,000 per annum.


Essex
North Essex CCG has awarded individual contracts for a General Referral Refinement and Paediatric Referral Refinement on a one-year basis with the fees yet to be confirmed.


North Yorkshire & Humber
Covering East Riding CCG, the LOC Regional Company has been awarded AQP status for a CORRS pathway (MECs and Glaucoma Repeat Readings and Glaucoma Referral Refinement) on a year-long basis worth a predicted £100,000.


Kent & Medway
Two Kent CCGs have commissioned pathways worth an estimated total of more than £180,000. Individual contracts worth around £100,000 combined, have been awarded by Medway CCG to practices that have agreed to provide PEARS. In addition to this the Kent & Medway LOC Company has been awarded a contract to deliver a Glaucoma IOP Repeat Readings service worth a predicted £84,000 by Canterbury and Costal CCG.


Lambeth, Southwark & Lewisham
The Lambeth, Southwark & Lewisham Minor Eye Conditions Service was recommissioned in April to help reduce unnecessary referrals to secondary care in cases where the eye condition can be managed in a primary care setting. Patients can be referred to the service by their GP or walk into participating opticians.


Optometrists can prescribe a range of medications available at number of local participating pharmacies.


The recommissioned scheme is run through individual contracts with practices.


May


Croydon
A groundbreaking community ophthalmology service launched in May 2014 following a successful bid by the Croydon LOC Company which had huge support from LOCSU and, in particular, Optical Lead Poonam Sharma.


Uniquely, the service provided by the LOC Company employs a consultant ophthalmologist who will provide both clinical sessions and act as the clinical lead. Patients who experience recently occurring eye conditions will be treated closer to home; it will refine cataract and glaucoma referrals, and generally reduce the number of patients needing to attend secondary care.


The three-year Croydon contract incorporates seven community-based pathways and has a predicted income of around £350,000.


Nottinghamshire
The appearance of an AQP tender for a Community Ophthalmology Managed Service was the trigger for Primary Eyecare (Nottinghamshire) Ltd to spring into action.
Optical Lead Dharmesh Patel worked with the local team to prepare and submit a bid on behalf of the LOC Company. The specification for the Community Ophthalmology Service was essentially an expanded MECS service with the patient referred to the service following triage. The LOC Company was awarded AQP status in March and the service rolled out in May. The AQP procurement is estimated to be worth just under £120,000.


Bury
With the help of Optical Lead, Dharmesh Patel, the Heywood, Middleton, Rochdale & Bury LOC developed a business case for a MECS scheme with Bury CCG. Commissioners were receptive to the concept as it met their objectives of reducing hospital-based ophthalmology and delivery eye care closer to home. The value of the service direct to company procurement is predicted to be worth almost £120,000.


Wolverhampton
When Wolverhampton CCG launched an AQP procurement for Community Ophthalmology Service in May 2014, LOCSU Optical Lead, Charles Barlow, immediately contacted colleagues at the regional LOC Company and Wolverhampton LOC, to set up a bid team. Primary Eyecare (Heart of West Midlands) Ltd was awarded AQP status in July 2014 and the local team, with LOCSU’s help, are now working to mobilise the service. The so called “Community Ophthalmology Service” actually consists of three LOCSU pathways; IOP RR, cataract and PEARS, which the Commissioner clarified, could all be delivered by accredited optometrists. The figure given for the total contract value over the three years was over £600,000, which made it an excellent first win for the regional company.


Camden
Primary Eyecare Camden & Islington has been awarded a direct to company, one-year contract by Camden CCG to deliver a pre and post op cataract service. The contract is predicted to be worth £105,000 and will use the OptoManager IT module.


June


Primary Eyecare North East
Primary Eyecare North East has entered into a new contract with Cumbria CCG to provide the IOP Repeat Readings service previously delivered by individual practices. The revamped service will involve up to 60 practices across Cumbria as subcontractors to the regional LOC Company, seeing around 1,000 patients per annum. This hopes to bring better sign up from practices than under the previous arrangement and gives Commissioners improved quality assurances. The 12-month contract brings an uplift in fees for practices, and utilises the OptoManager IT module.


July


Dorset
Following discussions with Dorset LOC and Optical Lead Chris Newall, Dorset CCG has awarded individual contracts to optical practices to deliver a low vision pathway commencing July 2014. The overall value of the service is in the region of £140,000 per year.


August


Heywood Middleton & Rochdale
Heywood Middleton & Rochdale launched a glaucoma repeat readings – contracted through GM Primary Eyecare. The fully three-part LOCSU pathway ­– IOP RR/IOP visual fields repeat readings. Launched in August it will be a non-participating practice referral pathway.


September


Lincolnshire
Thanks to support from Optical Lead Liz Greenwood; the Lincolnshire LOC Company secured AQP status in the procurement exercise for what the Lincolnshire CCGs called a “Triage and Treat” service. The service, which is similar to MECS with referral triage, covers four CCGs across the county and will commence early September. Around 4,500 patients are expected to be dealt with under a triage process involving 14 optical practices subcontracted to Primary Eyecare Lincolnshire, and two ophthalmologists and one GP practice. Whilst AQP status does not guarantee any patients will access a particular provider, the overall value of the service is estimated at £145,000 per annum.


Primary Eyecare North East
The Regional Company, Primary Eyecare North East, PE(NE), secured a contract with Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield (DDES) CCG to deliver a pilot service for People with Learning Disabilities.


LOCSU Optical Lead Zoe Richmond played a major role leading a task and finish group within the Local Eye Health Network (LEHN) along with the LOC lead, which led to the introduction of the pilot in the DDES CCG area in September 2014. The service targets patients with moderate to severe learning disabilities. Ten practices have signed up as sub-contractors to the regional LOC Company to provide the pathway and are expected to see about 200 patients.


PE(NE) has also used its large footprint in the North East and Cumbria to its advantage and has negotiated with seven CCGs to bring existing IOP RR and children’s services across the region under one contract involving up to 140 practices. This means patients and practices across Cumbria, Northumberland, and Tyne and Wear are benefitting from a standardised approach with same service specification.

 

 

 

22 September 2014

 

Sector response to Call to Action

 

LOCSU and the Optical Confederation have today published their response to NHS England’s Call to Action Improving eye health and reducing sight loss calling for radical changes in how community eye health services are commissioned and integration of optical practices at the heart of NHS eye care.

 

Without making better use of community optical practices, the NHS will not be able to cope with the welter of eye health needs, which are driven by an ageing population and the arrival of new treatments for conditions, which were previously untreatable and ultimately reduce avoidable sight loss, the organisations argue. 

 

Backed up by evidence gathered from existing community eye health services, the response highlights the optical sector’s vision for an increased role for optometrists and opticians in delivering more NHS eye health services in primary care, integrated with the wider NHS and social care. It describes in detail how this vision could be achieved and urges NHS England to work to:

 

  • Implement national commissioning of pathways that utilise the core skills of community optometrists and opticians to reduce unnecessary referrals to hospital eye services.
  • Integrate community optical practices with NHS IT systems to enable speedy communications across the eye health system, more care in the community, including shared care, whilst maintaining patient safety. 
  • Allow flexibility, where necessary, to ensure universal access to General Ophthalmic Services for people from seldom heard and “at risk” groups, including adults and children with learning disabilities and homeless people.
  • Develop a more efficient and effective approach to the commissioning of community services to avoid duplication and reduce costs including nationally agreed service specifications and accreditation.
  • Provide incentives for primary and secondary care (and in some cases the voluntary sector) to collaborate to deliver integrated care and focus on commissioning for outcomes.
  • Support clinicians to develop skills beyond core competencies and to undertake higher qualifications where necessary.


The results of the Call to Action for eye health, along with the findings from the Calls to Action for general practice, pharmacy and dentistry that took place over the past year, will be used by NHS England to help it shape its primary care commissioning strategy, which is expected to be published later in the year.

 

You can read the response from LOCSU and the Optical Confederation at http://www.locsu.co.uk/uploads/call_to_action/.

 

LOCSU Managing Director, Katrina Venerus said:

 

“The Optical Confederation, LOCSU, LOCs across England and their members have had an extremely busy summer working to respond to the Call to Action. The appetite and passion among optometrists and opticians for developing their roles within the NHS and improving patient care has been clearly demonstrated from their enthusiastic contributions to local and national engagement events, as well as through the many  written responses to the Call to Action submitted by LOCs and individuals.

 

“We are confident that the optical sector has made a strong case for what it can do, and we now look forward to working with NHS England and other stakeholders to make it happen.”

 

Venerus added: “At a national level we have also worked closely with organisations from across the whole eye health sector on the response to the Call to Action from the Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning. It is pleasing to see that the Council is stepping up to the challenge of providing national leadership for the eye health sector and we are delighted to be part of this truly collaborative approach.”

 

 

 

September 2014

 

LOC HOT BRIEF


LOCSU Call to Action briefing 2

 

 

 

 

29 August 2014

 

NOC 2014 Poster Competition – Deadline Approaching!

 

Want to showcase the work of your LOC, LOC Company or LEHN? Have your local efforts attracted plaudits from patients or commendations from Commissioners?

 

Whatever your success, why not attract some recognition of your work through the NOC Poster Competition.

 

But you only have until Monday 9th September to send your entry off.

 

Submission Guidelines

 

Submitting your Poster Abstract
Please email your completed abstract form to jacquehudson@locsu.co.uk  no later than
9th September 2014.

 

Poster Categories
There are four categories designed to showcase the excellent work being undertaken by LOCs, LOC Companies and LEHNs across England:

 

  • Engagement Strategy
  • Service Redesign Initiative
  • Collaborative Working
  • Public Health

Who can submit a Poster Abstract?
Submissions are welcome from any Local Optical Committee, LOC Company or LEHN.

 

Selection of Poster Abstracts for the NOC Poster Exhibition and Competition
All poster abstracts will be reviewed by the LOCSU team.  You will be notified by email to let you know whether your abstract has been shortlisted by Friday 19th September. 

 

LOCSU will produce the posters for the exhibition at the NOC on behalf of shortlisted LOCs/LOC Companies/LEHNs.  A maximum of three posters in each category will be shortlisted.

 

Poster Judging
All posters exhibited at the NOC will be judged externally and an overall winner selected.  The winner will be announced at the conference.  The judge’s decision is final.

 

Key Dates

 

  • 9th September                                
    Deadline for Poster abstract forms to be submitted

  • 10th – 17th September                  
    Shortlisting

  • 19th September                              
    Shortlisted poster abstracts announced

  • 22nd September – 10th October  
    Posters produced by LOCSU

  • 24th October                                    
    Winner announced


The National Optical Conference is a key event in the calendar for Local Optical Committee officers and a great opportunity to share learning and best practice at the conference which we know delegates value enormously.  The poster exhibition will be displayed in the Warwick Suite.

 

 

 

August 2014

 

LOC HOT BRIEF


Hot Brief Issue 32

 

 

 

8 August 2014

 

 

LOCSU’s Strategic Plan and Business Plan now available

 

LOCSU has published a new LOCSU Strategic Plan for 2014-17 following consultation with LOCs.

 

The Strategic Plan details what we plan to achieve over the next three years to ensure LOCs are equipped to embrace the new NHS and meet the challenges and opportunities that NHS England’s Call to Action will bring.  It also pledges our continued support for Local Eye Heath Networks (LEHNs) to work with all stakeholders to develop integration of services across primary and secondary care, address inequalities and deliver patient-centred care.

 

As announced in the July edition of LOCSU News, we have also published our 12-month business plan. We hope that LOCs will find it helpful to see our detailed objectives for the current 12 months and how we will measure success.

 

Both documents are now available on the LOCSU website and a hard copy of the Strategic Plan has been sent to all LOC Chairs and Secretaries.

 

If you have any questions regarding either of these publications please contact LOCSU’s Communications Manager cmcgachy@locsu.co.uk.

 

 

 

 

16 July 2014

 


NHS England’s Call to Action Webinar – Monday, 21 July – book now
Book now for the Call to Action webinar this Monday, 21 July at 6.30pm.

 

LOCSU will host a webinar aimed at helping LOCs to make the most of the opportunity the Call to Action presents to community optics. The main objective of the meetings will be to discuss key points to include in responses to the CTA and should last no longer than 45 minutes.

 

A further webinar on the subject is planned for 13 August. Visit the LOCSU website to secure a place. http://www.locsu.co.uk/communications/calltoaction.

 

Enter the National Optical Conference 2014 Poster Competition
Would you like to showcase the work of your LOC or Local Eye Health Network (LEHN)? Why not enter the first ever NOC poster competition, open to any LOC, LOC Company or LEHN?

 

Categories include: Engagement Strategy, Service Redesign Initiative, Collaborative Working and Public Health. A 400-word abstract must be completed no later than 9 September 2014.

 

All posters will be judged externally at the NOC and an overall winner selected.

 

Visit the LOCSU website to download the full details including the abstract submission form.

 

 

 

July 2014

LOC HOT BRIEF


Issue 31 - July 2014

 

 

30 June 2014


LOCSU Guidance for LOCs on responding to the NHS England’s Call to Action

 

LOCSU has produced guidance for LOCs on responding to the NHS England Call to Action (CTA) or you can visit our website and our Call To Action webpage.

 

If you have any questions about the leaflet, please contact katrinavenerus@locsu.co.uk.

 

 

 

June 2014

 

News from LOCSU

 

 

News from LOCs

 

 

News from Local Eye Health Networks

 

 

News from other organisations

 

Dates for your diaries

 

 

News from LOCSU


Call to Action launched


The eagerly anticipated Call to Action (Improving eye health and reducing sight loss – a Call to Action) was launched by NHS England on 12 June. The LOCSU Call to Action Briefing urges LOCs to participate and outlines how.


The CTA is a huge opportunity for LOCs, optometrists and opticians to present the case to the NHS for the further development of local community eye health services and an increased utilisation of the skills of opticians and optometrists in primary care. The results of the CTA will determine policy on future commissioning of community eye health services, and it is an opportunity we cannot afford to miss.


LOCSU and the Optical Confederation will submit a national response to the CTA with other stakeholders, however, it is vital that LOCs work with practices and practitioners to ensure that voice of optics is heard locally and that a strong and coherent response on the development of community eye health services is articulated to NHS England.


For more information on how to participate in the Call to Action, including booking a place on the LOCSU webinar on 1 July, visit the dedicated section of the LOCSU website.


For details of Call to Action local events hosted by NHS England Area Teams and Local Eye Health Networks see the Call to Action page on the LOCSU website. Please check this page regularly as it will be updated as soon as new events are announced

 

 

DVLA contract ends


Following the award of the DVLA’s Vision Testing Services contract to Specsavers on 4 February, DVLA has written to practitioners to inform them that current provision will end on Monday 30 June 2014. Due to the crossover between the two services, practitioners may continue to receive referrals for a short period after 30 June. DVLA have requested that you process these referrals as normal. 

 

 

Promoting Community Eye Care: HSJ features LOCSU


LOCSU continues to raise the profile of community eye health services in the health and commissioning press with an article in Health Service Journal (HSJ) this month. The article entitled “Take to the high-street for community based eye care” explains how optometrists and opticians offer a more convenient service for the patient resulting in less pressure on A&E departments and GPs surgeries.


In the HSJ feature, Optical Lead, Dharmesh Patel, highlights the benefits of a Minor Eye Conditions Service delivered by Primary Eyecare GM and points out that just 12% of CCGs have commissioned such pathways.

 

 

LOCSU connects with NHS Alliance


LOSCU shared a platform with colleagues from the pharmacy sector at the NHS Alliance AGM this month. The Alliance is a leading voice for providers of health and social care outside hospitals and is looking to build the case for the delivery of more health services in primary care. Optical Lead, Dharmesh Patel highlighted the role that community optical practices can play in providing community services that are patient centred and offer commissioners value for money.

 

 

LOCSU and SeeAbility win national award for Learning Disabilities Poster


Leaders from the across the eye health sector have praised a project that pilots LOCSU’s sight test pathway for people with learning disabilities. A poster to showcase the initiative that highlights the need for longer, adapted sight tests for people with learning disabilities was awarded top prize by judges at the Vision UK 2014 conference this month.
The LOCSU entry ­– designed in-house by Communications Manager, Chris McGachy – was judged category winner among 32 entries to the nationwide competition showcasing eye health initiatives from across the UK. For more information about the Learning Disabilities Pathway, developed with the help of the charity, SeeAbility, visit the dedicated page on the LOCSU website.

 

 

 

Top marks for Clinical Governance and Performance Leads


The first cohort of LOC Company Clinical Governance and Performance Leads who have successfully completed the online training module and assessment has been announced by LOCSU. Sheila Purser (Essex), Debbie Graham (Birmingham, Solihull and Black Country), Emma Spofforth (Essex), Wendy Craven (Greater Manchester), Matthew Jinkinson (Greater Manchester), and Peter Bainbridge (Arden, Hereford & Worcestershire) have all been awarded the LOCSU certificate of accreditation. For more information, visit the LOCSU website page for the training module for Clinical Governance and Performance Leads.

 

 

 

Book now for the National Optical Conference 2014


The NHS “Call to Action for Eye Health” provides the main theme for this year’s National Optical Conference to be held from 23-24 October 2014 in Birmingham, LOCSU has announced. Dr David Geddes, NHS England’s Head of Primary Care Commissioning, has been confirmed as a keynote speaker and is expected to announce the initial findings of the Call to Action and to give his perspective on the way services will be commissioned in the future. The full programme of sessions and keynote speakers will be announced in LOCSU News over the coming months.


To book a place visit: http://www.aop.org.uk/about-the-aop/events/noc-2014/. Don’t forget, LOCSU provides one free delegate place for each LOC.

 

 

 

Enter the National Optical Conference 2014 Poster Competition


Would you like to showcase the work of your LOC or Local Eye Health Network (LEHN)? Why not enter the first ever NOC poster competition, open to any LOC, LOC Company or LEHN.


Categories include: Engagement Strategy, Service Redesign Initiative, Collaborative Working and Public Health. A 400-word abstract must be completed no later than 9 September 2014. All posters will be judged externally at the NOC and an overall winner selected. Visit the LOCSU website to download the full details including the abstract submission form

 

 

 

Visit the Ophthalmic Public Health Network


Whether it’s improving primary care access for vulnerable groups such as sex workers or travellers, the performance of local authorities in public health targets or reports by GPs with a special interest in ageing and eye health, there is a place to receive news on all of these.


The Ophthalmic Public Health Network is the place to go for all the latest information on eye health in the wider health and social sector. Why not pay the site a visit and become a member and sign up for news alerts. The network is administered by LOCSU and we are looking to develop the OPHN with new content from experts and insiders around the theme of eye health. Get in touch and tell us what type of new content you would like to see. Email the OPHN administrator, cmcgachy@locsu.co.uk.

 

 

 

LOC media coverage through Awareness Days


If you are planning local media coverage to raise the importance of the eye health or highlight the work of your LOC, one tip is to plan it with coverage around awareness days and weeks. This week is Deafblind Awareness Week organised by SENSE and 14 July is Disability Awareness Day. LOCs can link up with local sight loss charities to push the message about the importance of regular sight tests. The Dates for the Diary calendar on the  home page of the LOCSU website is regularly updated to include all upcoming events of interest to LOCs and their members. With National Eye Health Week coming up 22 September, make sure you visit the calendar to plan or get involved with local events.
For help in writing a press release for your LOC contact cmcgachy@locsu.co.uk.

 

 

 

News from LOCs

 

Trio of MPs make LOC visits

Local MP for Redcar, Ian Swales visited Campbell and McDearmid Optometrists in Redcar on 25 May. The visit was arranged between the MP and Tees Local Optical Committee, with support from the Optical Confederation’s Public Affairs Team. LOCSU Optical lead, Zoe Richmond, who also attended the visit as a member of Tees Local Optical Committee, said: “Tees LOC is committed to continually improve community eye health services for patients. South Tees CCG and their commissioning support unit have worked closely with Tees LOC over recent years, as a result local optometrists are able to provide improved services to their patients; looking after patients who in the past would have needed to go along to the hospital for management. I was delighted to see a number of patients come along on the day to meet Ian Swales and share their positive experiences of the community optical services.”

 

Local MP for Enfield Southgate, David Burrowes, visited Hammond Opticians in Enfield on Friday 16th May. The visit was arranged between the MP and Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Local Optical Committee (BEHLOC), with support from the Optical Confederation’s Public Affairs Team. And earlier in May local MP for Romsey and Southampton, North, Caroline Nokes visited D.N. White Opticians in Romsey.  

 

 

 

News from Local Eye Health Networks

 

Call to Action high on LEHN’s agenda


LEHN chairs from across England gathered in Manchester on Monday 23 June for a mini assembly to share experience and learning from their local work streams and engagement strategies.


Unsurprisingly, the Call to Action (CTA) was a key focus for the meeting. Martin Smith, NHS England Senior Programme Manager for the CTA, presented the key themes of the CTA to the group. Martin emphasised the pivotal role that LEHNs have in bringing together local stakeholders, including patients and the public, to gather views on how eye health services can be reshaped to meet future demand.


The meeting moved on from the CTA to discuss how LEHNs can improve general engagement with patient groups, CCGs, public health teams and Health and Wellbeing Boards, and some real success stories emerged.


The afternoon session was dedicated to pathways and models of care, from which a consensus emerged that over two hundred CCGs commissioning community eye health services on an individual basis was not an efficient or sustainable model; plenty of food for thought for a response to the CTA. 


Katrina Venerus, LOCSU Managing Director and LEHN National Steering Group member commented: “It is fantastic to see such a strong group of eye health leaders emerging in the LEHN chairs. We are all very aware that there are challenges with regards to the limited resource allocated to LEHNs so it is essential that all stakeholders get behind the chairs and support the networks in every way we can. Facilitating a local response to the Call to Action is a real opportunity for LEHNs to make their mark.”

 

 

 

Southern LEHNs team up to develop strategy

The South of England Local Eye Health Network (LEHN) regional chairs group, led by Dr Deacon Harle, has agreed to share and support their LEHN chair colleagues by jointly working to develop a strategy. The group met on earlier this month to discuss tactics and formulate a southern plan.

 

The LEHN chairs discussed the recent Call to Action for eye health and the alternative approaches required to develop key messages for stakeholders and patients and to help build a picture of what the NHS needs to be doing for eye health for the future. Speaking to LOCSU News after the meeting on 6 June, Paul Bradford, Chair of the Devon, Cornwall and Scilly Isles LEHN, said: “The consensus view is that commissioners are slowly realising how community eye health services can help unlock financial savings in the NHS.“ Paul said the group has further meetings planned to share successes and challenges and will be an important forum to learn from others and duplicate successful activities and strategies from other areas in the south of England “LEHNs are time and resource challenged but with the support of colleagues in LOCs and the wider sector, they most certainly can be an important forum to help shape the views of commissioners and to develop local eye health pathways.” For more information on LEHNs visit the dedicated pages on the LOCSU website.  

 

 

 

College President appointed London LEHN Chair

David Parkins, President of the College of Optometrists, has been appointed as Chair of the London Local Eye Health Network. Mr Parkins, who will be spending one day a week in his new role, said: “I am looking forward to meeting the wide range of stakeholders involved in eye care throughout London. The formation of an Eye Health Network is a great opportunity to review the current state of eye care pathways in London and to develop improved services for patients in line with the national eye heath pathways. Visit the College of Optometrist’s website to read the full story.

 

 

 

News from other organisations


LOCs urged to take a stand on Falls Report


LOCs and LEHNs are being urged to take part in an initiative to reduce the number of accidental falls which are the most common cause of hospitalisation for over 65s in the UK. Reduced vision among the elderly is one of main contributory factors to the problem that costs the NHS around £2.2 billion a year. This means falls are a big concern for all commissioners and public health directors.


Focus on falls, a new report from the College of Optometrists, reveals that Falls Prevention teams would welcome support on how best to test vision and make sure people can see clearly. It found there was a lot of variation around the UK in how falls services tested and managed sight problems. There is potential for LEHNs, optometrists and falls prevention services to work more closely together to prevent falls, reduce harm for patients and reduce costs for the NHS. 


Visit the College of Optometrists website for more information. Among the resources is a link to an atlas of public health data including local rates of hip fractures.

 

 

 

Dates for your diaries

 


Call to Action LOCSU Webinar – 1 July


Improving Eye Health & Reducing Sight Loss Call to Action Webinar is being hosted by LOCSU aimed at helping LOCs to make the most of the opportunity the CTA presents to community optics. Visit the booking page.

 

 

NOC 2014 booking now live


The booking site for the Nation National Optical Conference 2014 is now live. LOCs can register for their free place (one per LOC) at the dedicated booking site. The event is being held from 23-24 October 2014 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel.

 

 

College CET events


The College of Optometrists is continuing to run its programme of regional CET events for the next year. The popular evening events, which are free for College members, provide the opportunity to gain peer review points by taking part in a peer discussion and interactive points by attending lectures by leading experts. Book an event near you.

 

This newsletter is produced by the Local Optical Committee Support Unit (LOCSU). If you have any queries please contact cmgachy@locsu.co.uk

 

 

 

 

28 May 2014

Call To Action date confirmed
The Call To Action for Eye Health is to be launched at the Vision UK 2014 conference on Thursday 12 June by Mike Bewick, Deputy Medical Director of NHS England.
Responses to the Call To Action consultation will help form a new strategy for primary care to be announced later in the year.


We will be urging LOCs to respond to the consultation and use it as huge opportunity for the optical sector ‒ and community optometry in particular ‒ to show how eye health can play an important role in helping the NHS meet the challenges of financial constraints and demographic change.


Watch out for further information in LOCSU News, the optical press and other publications on how you can play your part and local events that you can participate in to help get the message across to commissioners about the importance of developing community services through the national strategy for primary care.


LOSCU learning consultant nominated for national award
Gill Brabner, LOCSU’s learning and development consultant has been nominated for a prestigious national award in recognition of her services to optics.


She has been shortlisted in the “Lecturer of the Year” category. Run by the Association of Optometrists (AOP), the awards recognise the highest levels of achievement in UK optics.
Gill, who has been with LOCSU since 2010, has been shortlisted for her outstanding work developing the next generation of leaders for the optical sector through the LOCSU leadership skills programme.


For more information on all shortlisted nominees, visit the Optometry Today website to cast your vote.


The winners will be announced at the AOP Awards ceremony during the National Optical Conference on 23 October in Birmingham.

Enter the National Optical Conference 2014 Poster Competition
Would you like to showcase the work of your LOC or Local Eye Health Network (LEHN)? Why not enter the first ever NOC poster competition, open to any LOC, LOC Company or LEHN?

Categories include: Engagement Strategy, Service Redesign Initiative, Collaborative Working and Public Health. A 400-word abstract must be completed no later than 9 September 2014. All posters will be judged externally at the NOC and an overall winner selected.  Visit the LOCSU website to download the full details including the abstract submission form.




April 2014

 

News from LOCSU

  • LOCSU hails ‘significant’ month for eye health
  • Local Eye Health Networks reach ‘critical mass’
  • NOC Booking site goes live
  • LOCSU interacts on cataracts
  • Webinar proves a big hit with Clinical Leads
  • New guidance to ensure compliance with the NHS Standard Contract
  • Improve your Health and Wellbeing Board presentation
  • LOC members visit LOCSU stand at Optrafair

 

News from LOCs

  • Devon LOC praised for work with decision makers
  • LOC visit by North Tyneside MP

 

News from other organisations

  • UK Vision Strategy Director and Vision 2020 UK Chief Operations Officer announces retirement

 

News from LOCSU


LOCSU hails ‘significant month’ for eye health


Eye health is firmly climbing up the health and commissioning agenda insists LOCSU’s Katrina Venerus, as she hailed March 2014 a “significant month” for the sector.

 

The Managing Director’s comments came after a week of significant national activity focussed on eye health. Firstly, NHS England confirmed the timetable for a specific “Call to Action” on eye health, giving it equal billing with general practice, pharmacy and dentistry. Then, Local Eye Health Networks gained a boost from NHS England who hosted a National Assembly for Local Professional Networks. Finally, the MD delivered key messages to CCGs at the Commissioning Live event in London. Read the full story in her latest LOCSU Blog.

 

Local Eye Health Networks reach ‘critical mass’
LEHNs have reached a new milestone with the announcement that clinical chairs have now been appointed by almost all NHS England Area Teams.

 

The positive news on the progress of LEHNs emerged at the third national assembly of Local Professional Networks in Manchester on March 25. The bi-annual event, hosted by NHS England and attended by LOCSU, brings together network chairs from across the country to share experiences and plan for the future. Visit the LOCSU website to read the full news story.

 

NOC 2014 ‒ booking site goes live
The booking site for the National Optical Conference 2014 is now live. LOCs can register for their free place (one per LOC) at the booking site, http://www.aop.org.uk/about-the-aop/events/noc-2014/.


The event is being held from 23-24 October 2014 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel

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LOCSU interacts on cataracts
“Whole patient­-whole pathway” approaches to cataracts was the unanimous call from a panel of leading experts, which included LOCSU’s Katrina Venerus, at a round-table summit hosted earlier this year and published recently by Health Service Journal. To read the full report on the HSJ round table, follow this link.

 

Webinar proves a big hit with LOC Company Leads
Handling KPI breaches, collecting patient surveys, the small provider exemptions and succession planning were just some of the hot topics up for debate during an online discussion held by LOCSU this month.

 

More than 25 people participated in a lively and topical webinar for LOC Company Clinical Governance and Performance Leads hosted by LOCSU and Webstar Health in early April. To read the full story about the webinar visit the news pages of the LOCSU website.

 

New guidance to ensure compliance with the NHS Standard Contract
The Quality in Optometry (QiO) website has been comprehensively revised to provide guidance and help to comply with the NHS Standard Contract 2014/15. This will prove an invaluable resource for everyone providing community services by providing the help and advice needed for compliance with the NHS Standard Contract.

 

There are three new checklists depending on specific contracting arrangements: (a) for LOC companies, (b) for LOC company subcontractors, and (c) for practices contracting directly with CCGs. This does not affect the GOS section of QiO which is unchanged.

 

Improve your Health and Wellbeing Board presentation
LOCs can benefit from a new template designed to help engage with Health and Wellbeing Boards (HWBs). The PowerPoint presentation explains to HWBs why eye health should be a priority and how LOCs can support HWBs to develop high-quality and accessible eye care services. The structured presentation, developed by Nizz Sabir of Rotherham and Barnsley LOC based on his own experience with his local HWB, can be adapted for use by any Local Optical Committee. Download the PowerPoint presentation from the LOCSU website.

LOC members visit LOCSU stand at Optrafair
LOCSU was one of the 150 exhibitors at the inaugural London Optrafair at Olympia that attracted more than 4,500 visitors. The LOCSU team were on the stand over three days to meet LOC visitors and deal with any enquiries they might have.

A range of issues were raised by people visiting the LOCSU stand in the Optical Confederation lounge at the exhibition. Among the topics mentioned were the DVLA tender, people seeking more involvement with their LOC, information on training, the role of business managers, advice on succession planning and help with LOC websites.

Managing Director, Katrina Venerus, appeared in an “Ask the Expert” session with questions ranging from what the “Call to Action” could involve for the optical sector to the role of independent prescribers in community services.

 

News from LOCs

Devon LOC praised for work with decision makers
Devon LOC has been hailed for its efforts to raise awareness of eye health with key decision makers in the local area. The highly active LOC managed to ensure all 12 Members of Parliament visited a local optical practice in their constituency over the past two years.

 

And, since the start of the 2014, the Committee has promoted eye health in discussions with all three Health and Wellbeing Boards (HWBs) covering the Devon LOC area. To hear about the benefits of organising a MP’s visit, read the full story on the news pages of the LOCSU website.

 

LOC visit by North Tyneside MP
Local MP for North Tyneside, Mary Glindon, MP, paid a visit to an optical practice last month. The visit was arranged between the MP and North of Tyne LOC, with the support of the Optical Confederation’s Public Affairs Team.

 

Following her visit to J.A. Hicks Optometrist in North Shields in March, the Labour MP for North Tyneside said: “During my visit I saw first-hand how the staff there provide a great service to local people. I will definitely promote the importance of eye testing whenever I can.”  To read the full story, visit the MP's website.

 

News from other organisations


Vision 2020 UK Chief Operations officer appoints new CEO


Mercy Jeyasingham MBE has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of VISION 2020 UK, the umbrella charity for the sight loss and eye health sector. Mercy will begin her new role on 1 July 2014 following the retirement of Anita Lightstone.



Mercy has worked as a management consultant, researcher and trainer for the last 13 years and has held senior posts in both the voluntary and public sector. She has also been an executive and non-executive board member of a number of national and local organisations. She is a member of the fitness to practise committee of the General Optical Council, former non-executive director and Chair of HR Committee, National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, and was previously a member of the Ministerial Advisory board for the Medicines Controls Agency. Read the full story here.


Dates for your diaries


NOC 2014 booking site goes live
The booking site for the National Optical Conference 2014 is now live. LOCs can register for their free place (one per LOC) at the dedicated booking site. The event is being held from 23-24 October 2014 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel.

 

Thyroid Eye Disease event
The Thyroid Eye Disease Amsterdam Declaration Implementation Group UK (TEAMeD) and the European Group on Graves’ Orbitopathy (EUGOGO) has organised a Thyroid Eye Disease event in Newcastle on 16th and 17th May 2014. The event involves speakers and panellists from European and UK centres who are world authorities in Thyroid Eye Disease. Registration is £35 and includes lunch and refreshments. Places are limited, for more details please visit the web page or email nicole.oconnor@ntuh.nhs.uk.

 

Vision UK 2014 Conference
The Vision UK 2014 conference will be held on Thursday 12th June 2014 at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London. For more details or to register your interest please visit the Conference web page.  

 

Cornea and Oculoplastics Optometrists
The Queen Victoria Hospital Corneoplastic Unit and Eye Bank, in East Grinstead, West Sussex is holding a specialist course for optometrists on Friday 27th June. For more details or to book your place, please contact jackie.walker@qvh.nhs.uk or telephone 01342 414578

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College CET events
The College of Optometrists is continuing to run its programme of regional CET events for the next year. The popular evening events, which are free for College members, provide the opportunity to gain peer review points by taking part in a peer discussion and interactive points by attending lectures by leading experts. You can also network with other optometrists in your area over the complimentary buffet.
Book an event near you.

 

 

 

4 April 2014

New guidance to ensure compliance with the NHS Standard Contract

The Quality in Optometry (QiO) website has been comprehensively revised to provide guidance and help to comply with the NHS Standard Contract 2014/15. 

This will prove an invaluable resource for everyone providing community services by providing the help and advice needed for compliance with the NHS Standard Contract.

There are three new checklists depending on specific contracting arrangements: (a) for LOC companies, (b) for LOC company subcontractors, and (c) for practices contracting directly with CCGs.

This does not affect the GOS section of QiO which is unchanged.

 

 

 

 

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