Staffordshire LOC is a statutory NHS body, representing all local optometrists and dispensing opticians who provide services through the General Ophthalmic Services (GOS), encouraging them to maintain and further improve the high standards of eye care provided for the people of Staffordshire...
What does the LOC do?
The LOC represents the interests of its optometrists and dispensing opticians and acts as local interface with the NHS, and all other health related organisations and providers who wish to deal collectively with its members...
Currently the LOC:
1) Informs, advises and negotiates with the 6 CCG's and the NHS Staffordshire and Shropshire Local Area Team
2) Has been developing community eye care schemes across the 6 CCG's
3) Is represented on the board of LOCSU. Mike Cody is ABDO representative
4) Provides training and assessment for all clinicians. LOC officer Mark McCracken and Training Sub-group lead Judy Lea are both trained and accredited LOCSU Lead Assessors and three committee members are working towards attainment of peer facilitator accreditation
6) Is represented on the Staffordshire Diabetic Eye Screening Board by LOC officer Ian Meadows
Can I attend meetings of the LOC?
All optometrists, dispensing opticians and pre-reg students working in Staffordshire are welcome to attend LOC meetings as observers...
What's happening locally and nationally
Data Security and Protection Requirements 2017 - 19 - 28/02/2018
Guidance for implementing the new data security and protection requirements whose target audience are those who provide eye health services, contracting via the NHS Standard Contract.
Casual Vacancy on Staffordshire Local Optical Committee - 25/01/2018
Following the resignation of one of its members, a casual vacancy has arisen on Staffordshire Local Optical Committee. The LOC is keen that this position should be filled by a local performer - i.e. an optometrist who is performing primary ophthalmic services in the Staffordshire area.
MECS Direct Electronic Routine Referrals to Cannock Chase Hospital - 25/01/2018
Whilst the quality and safety of South Staffordshire MECS is increasingly being remarked upon by GPs and commissioners, a number of local GPs have expressed some frustration that routine referrals from MECS are still being made through the GP in most instances, rather than directly to the Eye Department. Whilst this is largely a historical anomaly, one can sympathise with GPs when they grumble that they are performing little more than a clerical service, as they will rarely (if ever) deflect such referrals to the Eye Department if requested to make them by the optometrist.
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