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.

LOCSU is 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.