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News posted: 15/03/2014

  • Leadership training candidates revealedOpen

    LOCSU has announced the list of successful candidates who will receive funding for its prestigious leadership training course.

    The successful list of funded places for this year’s course is: Shireen Bharuchi (Oxfordshire), Paul Bradford (Devon), Andrew Bridges (Hampshire), John Davidson (North of Tyne), Dan Dixon (Bradford), David Good (Avon), Bruce Gilson (Buckinghamshire), Abdullah Khalique (Northamptonshire) and Neelam Patel (Kent and Medway).

    LOCSU’s Leadership Skills for Optical Professionals is a 20-credit postgraduate module and is part of WOPEC’s MSc programme at Cardiff University. For more information and to register for next year’s course see the LOCSU press release.

  • Commissioners’ Guidance available onlineOpen

    The Commissioners’ Guide to Primary Eyecare Companies has now been issued and can be viewed or downloaded from the LOCSU website. As reported in LOCSU News (January), this guidance explains about the benefits of using a primary eyecare company when commissioning a community eye health pathway.

  • Clinical Governance and Performance Leads trainingOpen

    Clinical governance and performance leads training will be launched this month. The module has been developed in-house by LOCSU to support clinical and performance leads of primary eyecare companies in their new roles, once a newly commissioned service is being implemented. Each participant will be required to complete a short assessment and once completed and signed off and they will receive a certificate of accreditation from LOCSU.

    If you are a clinical governance and performance lead or hold a similar position in an LOC company, contact LOCSU for direct access to the module, by email Alternatively, if you already have registered your interest, LOCSU will contact you directly.

  • LOCSU seeing and being seenOpen

    Members of the LOCSU team answered questions from clinicians and practice owners at the 100% Optical trade fair at London’s ExCel centre attended by nearly 5,500 visitors last month. Discussion topics included commissioning and the LOC company model. LOCSU will also be attending Optrafair from 11 to 13 April 2014, to be held at Olympia National in London. If you would like to book a specific time to speak to someone about commissioning or any other local issues, please email with details of when you are available.

  • Changes to LOCSU/WOPEC trainingOpen

    A wide range of LOCSU/WOPEC courses are available for LOC members to support them in delivering community eye health services.  Some of this training now web-based and CD ROMS will no longer be issued. The details are listed below:

    ● Cataract LOCSU/WOPEC online training – no longer issue CD ROMs – click here for instructions on the new process.
    ● Glaucoma LOCSU/WOPEC online training – no longer issue CD ROMs – click here for instructions on the new process.
    ● Changes to the PEARS LOCSU/WOPEC online training – no longer issue CD ROMs – click here for instructions on the new process.
    ● Low Vision training still provides CD ROMs, so procedure is as it currently stands.
    ● All details and documents can be found on the LOCSU website:

  • LOCSU in the newsOpen

    As reported previously in LOCSU News (January), Katrina Venerus was asked to represent the interests of LOCs at a round table event focusing on access to cataract surgery hosted by Health Services Journal.

  • Change in LOCSU teamOpen

    LOCSU would like to wish Jenny Manchester, communications manager at LOCSU all the very best on her maternity leave, which begins in March. Any communications enquiries or issues will be dealt in her absence by interim communications manager, Chris McGachy ( Previously head of editorial channels at the Department of Trade and Industry, Chris has been working as a freelance consultant for a range of membership organisations and industry associations in a variety of sectors, including health.

  • Optical Lead helps Essex launches first LOC Company pathwayOpen

    Poonam Sharma has helped Essex LOC secure a new, enhanced service in north east Essex after lengthy commissioning process. Now, following the successful AQP bid, Primary Eyecare (Essex) Limited will manage the new glaucoma referral refinement enhanced service.

    Initially, a network of 15 practices will take part in the scheme which was launched in Colchester in February with more practitioners in the south of the county expected to take participate in the coming months.

    For LOCSU, it is encouraging how many LOCs and practices are actively engaging with the LOC company model, and how important it is as a vehicle to help LOCs secure contracts for community services.

    In order to satisfy new CCG contracting requirements, the Essex LOC set up their primary eyecare company with directors being appointed from the LOC membership. In other news, as part of its educational programme for its performers and contractors, the LOC staged a CET event in December in Chelmsford and has another planned for mid-March in Colchester.

  • Top marks from Sheffield pupilsOpen

    Optical practices in Sheffield have scored top marks in a patient satisfaction survey. Families gave a massive thumbs-up to the children’s eye care pathway. Audits show that the Sheffield School Vision Screening service was valued and highly-regarded with 95 per cent of respondents rating the service at 8 out of 10, in the 2013 annual poll published recently.

    Parents clearly value the Orthoptic-led, children’s eye care pathway for reception-age kids set up in 2010 by Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and Sheffield LOC. Among the comments, one parent said: “Because I did not know my child’s vision was impaired, her school work was deteriorating, but not even the school teachers mentioned this to me.”

    Visit the LOCSU news pages to read the full story.