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News from LOCSU

News posted: 02/01/2015

  • Commissioning Review articleOpen
    LOCSU has received coverage in one of the main commissioning titles, Commissioning Review, promoting the benefits of community eye health services to this key strategic audience. In addition to the promoting community services, the article highlights the value that optometrists and opticians can bring to commissioners looking to redesign services and the leadership skills that LOCs can bring to the commissioners’ table through participation in LOCSU’s training and development programme. Follow this link to read the online article.
  • LOCSU Board RecruitmentOpen

    A reminder that 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 joins Vision 2020 UKOpen

    LOCSU has formally joined VISION 2020 UK, the umbrella charity bringing together agencies with an interest in eye health and sight loss. VISION 2020 UK CEO Mercy Jeyasingham said: “We are very excited to welcome LOCSU on board as the newest member organisation of VISION 2020 UK. The membership of LOCSU further strengthens and formalises the links between the eye health and sight loss sector through VISION 2020 UK, and we anticipate a strong and effective working relationship with LOCSU in the coming years to further develop primary eye care.”

  • Successful leadership candidates announcedOpen

    LOCSU is finalising the list of successful candidates taking part in the 2015 Leadership Programme. So far, the list of candidates and their LOCs is: Shamina Asif (Dudley and Walsall), Nirinder Hunjan (Dudley), Matt Jinkinson (Stockport), Gary McMullan (North of Tyne), Russell Peake (Warwickshire), Jane Ranns (Durham), Shelley Stubbs (Staffordshire), Chaz Uppal (Doncaster & Bassetlaw), and Kaye Winship (South Tyne & Wear).

    This course is designed to enable the practising optical professional to become an effective leader at local and national level within the optical sector through the support and development of LOCs and LEHNs, building effective strategic networks, influencing policy makers and enhancing eye health services for patients.

  • LOCSU welcomes NHS Alliance support for community opticsOpen

    Members of the LOCSU senior team attended this year’s NHS Alliance conference in London in early December and were pleased to find a lot of support for the extended role that community optometrists and opticians can play.

    In the opening address, Dr Michael Dixon, Chair of the NHS Alliance, insisted that GPs must work more with other professionals going forward- including “eye professionals”.

    This was one of many references to community optics and eye health throughout the day. It appears that the message that primary care is more than general practice is resonating – although clearly more work on this needs to be done.”

    Richard Knight, LOCSU Executive Officer, said: “It was interesting to hear that the Extended Primary Integrated Care programme – a pilot from the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund to improve access to primary healthcare – utilises pharmacy and it would be great to extend this to community optics.”

    Themes of the day included the importance of leadership, partnership and integration in considering future models of primary care. All in all, a thought-provoking and intriguing conference as community optics continues to demonstrate what can be achieved – provided a progressive approach from NHS bodies and other organisations. LOCSU will continue to make this case on behalf of LOCs.

  • LOC websites: new test sites distributedOpen

    LOCs using the current LOCSU website hosting facility have now had their existing web content copied over to the new website platform (provided by developer, Trillium Systems) and their new test websites sent to their named website administrators. These LOCs can now begin to structure and arrange their new websites and create and amend content, using the new more user-friendly platform. LOCs without a current website have also had website templates sent to them and can begin to populate these with content.

    Trillium Systems are running a series of online drop-in sessions and the LOCs concerned have been notified of these dates and times, as well as the link to online training materials and the timetable to the go-live date. We would strongly recommend these LOCs to make use of these resources.

    LOCs which currently have a website external from the current Cast system will have the opportunity to use the new platform in the New Year.

    If you have any questions please contact richardknight@locsu.co.uk in the first instance.