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Chief Officer Whittington of LOCSU now confident on Breakthrough
LOCSU provides information for pre-reg optometrists applying to NHS England’s Performers List.


Chief Officer Whittington of LOCSU now confident on Breakthrough

May 2017

Richard WhittingtonRichard Whittington has said that he is confident the sector can hit its 2018 Breakthrough target despite the recent slow-down in commissioning decisions.

Outlining LOCSUs progress against its published Breakthrough Strategy – for the first time via his video blog - LOCSU’s Chief Operating Officer insists that the introduction of Sustainable Transformation Plan (STPs) footprints is a welcome development for the optical sector.

Speaking through LOCSU’s varied media channels, Whittington said: “We have seen a significant increase from 30% to 52% of CCGs with a MEC Service and that is really encouraging.

“The formation of the STPs means CCGs are pooling resources but that has slowed down decision making and commissioning by individual CCGs.
“Nevertheless, establishing STPs fits our approach to deliver services at scale and I’m relatively confident that we will hit our target of 80% of CCGs with or intending to commission MECS by next April if STPs deliver what they say they will.”

The Chief Officer explained that formation of STPs had major implications for Primary Eye Companies. He said that there would need to be fewer PECs consolidated around STPs footprints and that leadership, governance and finance functions must be able to deliver “a convincing story to commissioners” to secure primary care eye health services.

Commenting on the Breakthrough Strategy, LOCSU Chairman, Alan Tinger, said: "No one said it was going to be easy when the LOCSU Board and Executive Team agreed commissioning targets for 2016–2017. Whilst it is disappointing to have missed the MECS target it is certainly not through lack of effort. The changed NHS circumstances that were at the source of the recent slowing down provide the environment now to get back up to speed and through the current year target for an overall two-year success and more."

Watch the video in ful here

LOCSU provides information for pre-reg optometrists applying to NHS England’s Performers List.

May 2017

LOCSU and the Optical Confederation are awaiting clarification from NHS England and PCSE on some changes that will streamline the Performers List application process and minimise delays.

This will include the opportunity to have the required face-to-face document verification meeting alongside the College pre-reg OSCEs in July.

The NPL1 is the form that must be used to apply to join the Performers List.

Guidance for pre-registration optometrists on how to complete and submit the NPL1 form will be available towards the end of May.

In the meantime, you should be prepared by following the steps below:

1. Apply for an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate ASAP

2. Register with the DBS online update service when you receive your certificate

3. Apply for a police check if you have been resident in the UK for less than 5 years

4. Subscribe to LOCSU e-alerts

1. Apply for an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate ASAP

All applicants to the NHS Performers List must provide a satisfactory enhanced DBS certificate. Pre-reg optometrists are advised to apply for an enhanced DBS certificate as soon as possible as this can take at least 6 weeks to be processed.

You are advised to check with your employer in the first instance as some employers provide a service that employees can access to obtain a DBS check.

2. Register with the DBS online update service when you receive your certificate

You are advised to register for the DBS online update service https://www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service as soon as you receive your DBS certificate. If you do not register for the service within 19 days of receipt of the certificate it will become invalid and you will need to apply for a new certificate.

Keep your certificate safe!

The above steps are essential as your application will not be approved without an enhanced DBS certificate that is registered with the online update service.

3. Apply for a police check if you have been resident in the UK for less than 5 years

If you have lived outside of the UK within the past 5 years, you will need to obtain a police check for all countries you have been resident in your absence from the UK.

You are advised to request this as soon as possible as a police check can take a number of weeks to come through depending on the country.

Information on how to apply for a police check can normally be found on the website of a country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


4. Stay Alert

Subscribe to LOCSU e-alerts here www.locsu.co.uk/alerts to make sure you get the guidance on how to complete and submit your NPL1 application form straight to your inbox as soon as it is published. You can also follow LOCSU on Facebook and Twitter for the latest information.

 
 
 
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