Staffordshire Enhanced Services Event
Staffordshire LOC held an Enhanced Services Event at the North Staffs Medical Institute in Hartshill on Tuesday 4th March where over 40 optometrists attended.
Irfan Razvi – Vice Chair for the North kicked off proceedings with some background information relating to all the enhanced services. We learned of the current number of optoms accredited in each of the different pathways along with the level of activity and the significant reductions in HES ophthalmology appointments with the significant savings in term of money which has been made.
Stewart Townsend – LOC Chair took over the reins to advise of the changes which will be taking place In North Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent.
What are the changes?
He advised that the LOC, as a statutory body, cannot hold commercial contracts and has historically bid for work on behalf of a unified profession in Staffordshire. If a LOC Company is set up then they can simplify the bidding for contracts by doing all the admin and contract maintenance on behalf of any number of practitioners and also simplify the accreditation process and allow new practitioners to join schemes more easily.
What has been done?
They have met with the CCG who assured them that they intend to recommission all the services and through the company model using the new standard NHS contract, therefore Shropshire and Staffordshire Eyecare services has been set up with 3 directors from each LOC. As a company they are looking towards a unified set of pathways across Staffordshire, simplifying the contracting and accreditation process and giving the chance for any practitioner to become involved (subject to terms and conditions)
What is happening in the South?
The 4 South Staffs CCGs are all looking at future ophthalmology provision and looking to model along similar line to North Staffs pathways, however it may not go into the company model
What are the next steps?
Work is going on to ensure that all new arrangements are in place as soon as possible after 1st April.
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