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News from LOCSU

News posted: 04/02/2015

  • Commissioning and Health media coverageOpen

    LOCSU continues to publicise key messages about the benefits of community services out to target audiences in the health, commissioning and primary care sector media. Commissioning Review recently published a LOCSU story about the A&E crisis on its website news pages and Primary Care Today magazine also ran a post-NOC story in its Winter print edition about optical practices being vital treatment centres to reduce hospital care. Both titles are due to run further coverage in the coming weeks and we will link to this in future editions of LOCSU News.

  • New coaching and mentoring course launchedOpen

    LOSCU is to launch a new, expert-accredited coaching and mentoring programme for LOCs.

    The scheme, aimed primarily at LOC Officers and LOC Company Clinical Governance and Performance Leads, is designed to offer current leaders new skills and the opportunity for experienced leaders to pass down existing skills.

    The six-month course, accredited by the UK’s largest management body, the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM), consists of online modules with two contact days. It leads to a Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring.

    The course, which is fully funded by LOCSU, will run twice a year with start dates in May and November 2015. Depending on uptake, there may be scope for non-LOC officer participants who can demonstrate how their activities and skills will benefit the sector. LOCSU will meet the costs for the course and the qualification but delegates will be expected to meet their own costs to attend both contact days.

    If you are interested in participating or want more information, email and identify your preferred starting date.

  • LOC websites and forumsOpen

    LOCs participating in the website development project have now been sent their websites with local management user instructions. These websites have been developed for LOCs by LOCSU with developer, Trillium Systems, at no cost to LOCs. The LOCNET directory has also been updated: Some of the LOC websites listed in this directory are provided by LOCSU/Trillium and hosted on this portal and others are provided for LOCs by third parties.

    Website administrators of participating LOCs will shortly be sent further instructions on advanced features including registering LOC members for their LOC website. Registering LOC members for their LOC website will enable these members to access the LOC’s dedicated website forum. As part of this project, LOCSU/Trillium Systems are creating a global LOCNET forum for general LOC matters, as well as specialist sub-forums for particular roles such as LOC Chairs, LOC Company Directors and more. Watch this space in the coming weeks for information on the forums and how to register.

    An example of a new LOC website in action can be found by following this link. For further information please contact

  • LOC Induction Training now onlineOpen
    LOC Induction Online Training Module is a useful resource for all newly elected committee members and experienced members who want to updates themselves on the role and responsibilities of the LOC, the NHS landscape and who’s-who of the national optical bodies. Follow this link to the training resource
  • Attracting New Members module available onlineOpen

    A new learning and development module entitled Attracting and Developing new LOC members, has been posted on the LOCSU website. The module consists of two training videos and is based on a leadership project produced by Stuart Townsend, now a member of the LOCSU Board, as part of the 2013 Leadership Programme. Members can follow this link to the training resource.

  • LOCSU at 100% OpticalOpen

    The LOCSU team will be out in force at 100% Optical which takes place at the ExCel, London from Sat 7–Mon 9 February. As well as coming to see us at our stand (B28) at the exhibition, visitors to the show will be able to book an “Ask the Expert” slot with Katrina Venerus, LOCSU’s Managing Director, for advice on commissioning and developing community services. There is also an opportunity to attend a workshop that will be delivered by Gill Brabner, LOCSU’s Learning and Development Consultant, on coaching and mentoring skills and how to use them effectively in your optical practice, LOC and LOC Company roles. For more information and to book, follow this link.

  • LOCSU launches training module for LOC Company Finance LeadsOpen

    LOCSU has launched a short online module essential information for LOC Company Finance Leads on the management of the accounts of the LOC Primary Eyecare Company.  The videos include screenshots from Webstar’s OptoPay and audio commentary. Follow this link to the training resource.

  • NOC 2015 online bookingOpen
    The booking page for this year’s National Optical Conference is now open. To book a seat at the conference, taking place at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole from the 5-6 November 2015, visit: One free place is available to all LOCs.