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Apply for LOC Induction Course urges LOCSU
LOCSU reacts to Surrey Downs commissioning ‘exception’

Apply for LOC Induction Course urges LOCSU

February 2018

New and prospective LOC members are urged to sign up for the LOC Induction Course, taking place this month.

The online, facilitated module lasts for four weeks and requires between two to three hours per week to complete.

The planned dates are:

• 26.02.18 – Orientation Week

• 05.03.18 – What is an LOC?

• 12.03.18 – LOC Functions and Governance

• 19.03.18 – LOC Communications

For full programme and applications details visit the Learning & Development section of the LOCSU website.

The induction course willl run again after the AGM season and the unfacilitated course is available to complete online at any time.

LOCSU reacts to Surrey Downs commissioning ‘exception’

February 2018

LOCSU has issued a response to a report in last week’s Optician magazine about the award of a MECS contract in Surrey Downs to Specsavers.

It clarifies that the Any Qualified Provider (AQP) process - where providers do not compete with one another to win the service – used in this case was very much the ‘exception rather than the rule’.

Furthermore, it states that most procurements are competitive and that Primary Eyecare Companies (PECs) have been successful in winning such contracts.

Furthermore, LOCSU argues that one of the key to success in this area is unity between multiples and independents, individuals and across areas.

LOCSU Chair Alan Tinger said: “There has never been a greater need than now for the sector to work together and put past differences where they need to be, in the past.”

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