Aug, 2017

- The next LOC meeting will be held on 24 OCTOBER 2017 at Oswaldtwistle Conference Centre (to be confirmed) commencing 6.30pm.

July, 2017

- The next meeting is 15 August 2017, at Oswaldtwistle Mills Conference Centre ,Pickup Street, Oswaldtwistle  BB5 0EY at 6.30pm


Nov 7 16th

- For those with payment concerns, this letter from NHS England North explains the situation with Primary Care Support Services (Capita) click link to download

- Minutes from the previous LOC meeting on 16th August click here.

September 16th

- "National Eye Health Week takes place from 21st-25th September 2016. Pharmacists in Lancashire will be asking patients whether they have had an up-to-date eye examination. Those who haven't will be given a leaflet and advised to present to an optician to make an appointment. Please can eye care practices keep these leaflets so the impact of the scheme can be measured."

August 16th

- The next LOC meeting Tuesday 16th August, 6:30pm, at Ewood services meeting room. Minutes from the previous meeting on 21st June click here.

May 12th 2016

- ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2016: Thursday 19th May, Dunkenhalgh Hotel, Clayton-le-Moors. 6pm finger buffet for 6:30pm start. Mr Shankar will present a CET lecture entitled 'Glaucoma: the jigsaw'. Approved for 1 CET point for optometrists, therapeutic optometrists and dispensing opticians. For the full AGM agenda, click here

April 21st 2015

- All Enhanced Services will be replaced by an Integrated Eyecare Service from 1 July 2015 . Further information from David Noblett but this will be discussed at the AGM. Existing Enhanced Services will continue to the end of June to be replaced by the new Integrated Eyecare Service arrangements. Negotiations on the detail are reaching conclusion and details will be circulated, as appropriate, as soon as possible. In meantime dates for OSCEs will shortly be circulated to optometrists who have completed the e-learning modules and the LOC is discussing accreditation arrangements for new Contractors and optometrists who wish to join the scheme. If you are interested you must complete the expression of interest form, available from David Noblett. Optometrists providing a service will need to satisfy accreditation standards. The IES include: Pre and post-op cataract OHT/Glaucoma; Suspect monitoring IOP Refinement; Minor Eye Conditions; Low Vision Services for Adults

- ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2015: Dunkenhalgh Hotel, Clayton le Moors, BB5 5JP on Thursday 14 May 2015 commencing 6.00pm for 6.30pm. A finger buffet will be available and to facilitate catering could you let David Noblett know if you are attending. Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians welcome. Bertie Fernando will present a talk "Update on Orbit and Ocuplastics" with the objective of identifying common lid malposition. 1 interactive CET point is being applied for. The formal Agenda for the AGM will be posted on the website prior to the meeting but will include the Chairman's Annual Report and the presentation of Accounts and Budgets by the Treasurer. We are also required to elect Officers to your LOC and appoint Auditors. The Agenda will include an outline of the Integrated Eyecare Services due to commence on 1st July 2015. If you require a copy of our Agenda and Minutes please let David Noblett know. The LOC is your statutory representative body but should you not wish to be represented please let us know.

- It is now time for preregs to apply for registration on the performers list: http://www.optometry.co.uk/news-and-features/features/?article=7210

March 2015

From Derek Pellowe: Val and I are retiring at the end of March and closing our practice, domiciliary, and school services. We would consider any reasonable offers for the equipment and frames in the attached list. We would be happy to give training to anyone buying the colorimeter and overlays. We are giving the record cards away, subject to a written agreement allowing future access, and satisfactory arrangements to notify patients of the change. The domiciliary records can be broken down into areas covering Cleveleys, Blackpool, Blackburn, Accrington, Burnley, Clitheroe and Barnoldswick. For 4 years, we have provided a service in Hawes Side Academy. We have a few hundred records. At the moment the future of the service is uncertain. Regards, Derek & Val Pellowe, 191 Preston New Rd., Blackpool. FY39TN Tel (01253)697385

Feb 28th 2015 - Contracting and Commissioning The launch of the Integrated Eye Service in East Lancashire will take place on 28 February 2015 at the Post Grad Centre, Burnley General Hospital at 6.30pm.Further details from David Noblett

Oct 21st 2014 - There have been a few instances recently of returned GOS3 vouchers as they were over 3 months old. Please remember the Px signature and date should only be entered on the GOS3 when the Px orders glasses or C/Ls (which could be up to two years later!) and you should submit the voucher for payment within 3 months. This set out in the booklet ‘Making Accurate Claims’ page 40 where it states “It is reasonable for you to submit your GOS 3 claim in respect of uncollected appliances within the standard three month timescale except in unusual circumstances. You should record the steps you took to notify the patient before the three month deadline, together with dates.”

The claims for the CET payment, as in previous years, need to be sent to the claims section at LaSCA. LaSCA is now called NHS England-Primary Care Support Services (Preston Office) and the address is PCSS Preston Office, 3 Caxton Road, Fulwood, Preston. PR2 9ZZ. The address of the Local Area Team is NHS England (Lancashire) Floor 2 Preston Business Centre Watling Street Road Preston PR2 8DY. The claim form for the CET grant for optometrists in England has been published and is available on the AOP website: http://www.aop.org.uk/practitioner-advice/cet/claiming-your-cet-funding. Note the window for making claims runs from 14 July to 14 November.

May 6th 2014 - AGM at Dunkenhalgh Hotel just off J8 on the m65. 6.30pm for 7.00pm. Speaker: Margaret Woodhouse, Cardiff University  “Children with Disabilities“  Click the CET page to get additional info.

Jan 27th 2014 - Peer review event at the Clayton Park Conference Centre just off J8 on the m65.

Jan 2014 - Here are the minutes from our last meeting in December. Click here to download.

Wed 9th Sep 2013 - DVLA Tender - Urgent Call For Users Of The Medmont 700 Field Screener
You may be aware from previous correspondence that LOCSU, with the support of Optometry Scotland and Optometry Wales, submitted a bid for the Provision of Vision Testing services being tendered for by the Driver
and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). The DVLA has recently announced that the review of tenders has been
extended, and they have requested additional information regarding equipment that can
be used for visual field testing of Group 2 drivers (approximately 3000 tests per year
across England, Scotland and Wales).
In order to be able to fully meet the DVLA's requirements, LOCSU are looking
to identify any practices who have a Medmont 700 visual field screener who haven't
already expressed an interest in becoming a sub-contractor in the LOCSU bid. If you have a Medmont 700 visual field screener and haven't already expressed an interest in becoming a sub-contractor in the LOCSU bid you are invited to register your interest at www.surveymonkey.com/s/6PZN7LC
Please note, by expressing an interest you are not committed to participating in the future delivery of services. We appreciate that practices will require full details of fees and other contractual terms, before they decide whether they wish to proceed.
It should also be noted that this is not part of the formal sub-contractor
selection process. Should the bid be successful, there will be a process to recruit
sub-contractors, as agreed with the DVLA.
This newsletter is produced by the Local Optical Committee Support Unit
(LOCSU).  If you have any queries please contact info@locsu.co.uk

Thursday 8 August 2013 - "We still have places left on the 'Raising Awareness on Safeguarding Adults/Mental Capacity Act and the Prevent Strategy'. Please see attached flyer for more information. If you are interested in attending one of these sessions please complete this application form and forward it to safeguardingcommissioningteam@nhs.net. Thanks.
Anna Robinson, Safeguarding Commissioning Team, Room 116, Walshaw House, Regent Street, Nelson, BB9 8AS"

Thursday 4 July 2013 - next LOC meeting is at Ewood Services 630pm. Previous meeting's minutes available to download by clicking here.

Thursday 23 May 2013 - AGM & Lecture: Dry Eyes - The Annual General Meeting of the Local Optometric Committee will be held on Thursday, 23 May 2013 at the Dunkenhalgh Hotel at 7.00pm. Hot food will be available from 6.15pm. The meeting will start with a lecture by Mr Andrew Price FBOA (Hons) CL, COA (USA) entitled "Treat the Cause of Dry Eyes not the Symptoms ". We firmly believe this lecture will be of interest to many of those involved in general practice and the ophthalmology community. All optometrists and GPs have been invited. After the lecture we will hold our AGM and further details will be posted on the website. If you are able to attend the lecture could you inform me at the email in the logo above to facilitate catering and to prepare the Register for the CET point.

Congratulations go to David Gould who was awarded Optician Magazine's Contact Lens Practitioner Of The Year Award 2013!

Monday 25th March 2013 6:15pm at Clayton Park - An interactive CET point has been approved for optometrists under the competencies of : Professional Conduct and Communication. Here is a brief summary:
Staying out of Trouble:
Presented by Trevor Warburton BSc FCOptom, Clinical advisor to the AOP legal services dept.
The AOP is the biggest malpractice insurance provider to the optometric profession in the UK. It deals with hundreds of complaints and civil cases against optometrists every year and the number of cases in which the GOC are involved is rising fast. 
Good record keeping has never been more essential to everyday practice. Although records are designed to aid the patient's future eye care they can also be an optometrist's best defence.
In this lecture, we examine where it can go wrong. Using real life case examples, we learn about common issues and how they can be avoided.
We remind practitioners about the rules, regulations and legislation that govern their every move, asking them to think about what they would do in a given situation. 
Referrals are an important part of the patient journey. We will examine how to refer effectively and clearly, with the correct urgency and using the correct method for the benefit of patients and practitioners alike.
By the end of this lecture, the optometrist will have learned to "think defensively" but also how be a safer practitioner overall.

Food will be served from 6:15pm for a 7pm lecture and question & answer session.
Location: Clayton Park Conference Centre, just off junction 7 of the M65

Those interested in attending should contact the East Lancs LOC's secretary Mr David Noblett so we know numbers for catering purposes:
Post: Mr. D. Noblett, Secretary, East Lancs Area LOC, 5 Ratten Lane, Hutton, Preston, PR4 5TE. 
Phone: 01772 616798
Email: see the logo above

The lecture will be filmed by OT Live for later publication but attendance on the night is required for an interactive CET point.
Those unsure of the new enhanced CET scheme can find a brief video animation here to explain the changes:

March, Tues 19th - OHT launch event, Dunkenhalgh hotel.

March 2013, Help -

"Hi all. This very pleasant young man has lost his Pre-Reg placement due to circumstances beyond his control - practice has been sold, he is a UK citizen and is struggling to find a place. If anyone can help or knows where to direct him then please contact him directly at his hotmail email. He is a student of mine and I believe would be an asset - unfortunately I cannot help him directly. I have attached his CV for your reference. Would all those on this list who hold LOC lists circulate it too? Thank you so much and apologies for using the list in this way!"

Regards, Andrea Downs

Jan, 2013-The LOC are currently working with the PCT on launching an ocular hypertension and stable glaucoma monitoring shared care scheme this Spring, 2013. Although it involves core skills, only accredited practitioners will be eligible to take part. To qualify, free CET approved training is provided by WOPEC - Glaucoma level 1 and level 2 training can be completed by virtual lecture on CD ROM followed by MCQs. Once passed, practitioners will be invited to a practical skills assessment (date and location to be confirmed) in order to join the shared care scheme. To obtain a WOPEC code for free access to the training CD ROM contact Newbank Optical on 01254 661234 and leave your contact details and email address.


October, 2012 -Autumn Newsletter featuring OHT/SG Enhanced Service; Future Training/Update Events; Zero Tolerance; NHS Reform; Future structure of the LOC and Future Communication. Your comments and feedback would be particularly welcome.

Tue 11th Sep, 2012 - The next LOC meeting will be on Tuesday 11th Sep 2012 at Ewood Services Meeting Room

31st July, 2012 - The previous Direct Cataract Referral Scheme ceases on the 31 July 2012. This service specification commences on the 1 August 2012 and replaces all previous cataract schemes

Wed night. 6.00 – 9.00pm. Room 3. Walshaw House. Regent Street. Nelson. BB9 8SQ.
A cold buffet style supper will be available from 6.00pm sponsored by Allergan Ophthalmology. It is recommended that providers attend the event in order to be appropriately accredited to provide the re-launched service and familiarise themselves with the updated documentation.  This event is for both East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen Optometrists. The event will feature a 1pt CET approved lecture entitled Cataracts Diagnosis Assessment and Management. You may have received this invitation already but if not and you would like to attend, please return the this form to Lisa Cunliffe before 13th June 2012.

Hosted by the RNIB at Burnley Football Club. This free one-day event aims to help anyone connected to sight loss (individuals, friends, family, professionals, carers) to find out just what's available in your local and surrounding areas, in terms of support. Click here to view flyers 1 2

1st May, 2012 - AGM: Click here to view the agenda and details
All optometrists, dispensing opticians, performers and contractors in the Blackburn with Darwen and East Lancs area are invited to attend this year's AGM which will be held on Tuesday 1st May 2012 at the Woodlands Suite of the Dunkenhalgh Hotel, Clayton le Moors, BB5 5JP commencing 6pm for 6.30pm. Refreshments (hot food) will be available and to facilitate catering, PLEASE LET THE SECRETARY KNOW IF YOU WISH TO ATTEND ASAP.

Once again we are pleased to confirm that Mr Annaswami Vijaykumar will join us to give a CET accredited presentation entitled "To Refer or Not Refer".

Our Chairman, Clive Duerden, will be giving a general update on the implications of the new Health Reforms on optometric services, where we are up to regarding Enhanced Services across the area, the launch of the new website and other issues affecting us all, including post payment verification visits.

The treasurer, Mark Jinkinson, will also give his financial report and highlight budget issues for the coming year.

10th May,2011 - AGM: Click here to view last year's AGM minutes

21st Feb, 2012 - LOC Meeting: Click here to view the minutes of the most recent LOC meeting.