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NOC 'crucial' for succession planning says LOCSU.
Expect Ophthalmic checks in North Wales.
Variations on the GOS model contract.
LOCSU appoints new Chair.
National Optical Conference (NOC) now open for bookings.
NHS England Eye Health Policy Book published
New FODO appointment to LOCSU Board.
Contractors praise new CET claims process
LOCSU director seconded to PCSE.
Read archived LOC news from Quarter 2 2018


NOC 'crucial' for succession planning says LOCSU.

September 2015

LOCs urged to use free place for new members as a stepping stone to becoming an offier or taking on a Primary Eyecare Company role

With bookings open and just over two months till the National Optical Conference in November, LOCs are being urged to make sure they send at least one new committee member as part of the delegation. Each LOC receives one free place for the NOC and it is a great learning and networking event for new LOC recruits, says Chief Officer, Richard Whittington.

“It’s important that LOCs think of the NOC as part of your recruitment and succession plan,” Mr Whittington said. “LOCs should invite contractors and performers to their regular meetings as observers and the next obvious step is to expose new officers to the NOC.

Mr Whittington revealed that this year’s workshops cover LOC Governance and the new GDPR requirements, Effective Communications, LOC and PEC role skills, Pathway Redesign and Workforce Mobilisation.

“These will provide current and new members with skills they will find invaluable on the LOC or in the Primary Eyecare Company – not to mention the unrivalled networking opportunities and national commissioning perspective.”

Bookings are now open for the event taking place at Chesford Grange, Kenilworth, Warwickshire from the 14-15 November.

Bookings and programme details can be found on the AOP website. LOCs are reminded to book quickly as there is limited accommodation on the Wednesday night (14 November).

Expect Ophthalmic checks in North Wales.

August 2018

A pilot project on specific ophthalmic checks is beginning in North Wales to determine whether or not patients have received services.

NHS Wales Shared Service Partnership have told contractors that they will be contacting a percentage of their patients in the next few weeks.

They have made clear that this is to look at patient activity, not contractor activity, to check whether there have been errors, or indeed fraud, by the patient.

Variations on the GOS model contract.

August 2018

NHS England has published an updated model contract for GOS mandatory services.

This incorporates into the model contract previous regulatory changes which made minor amendments to allow for the use of electronic signatures on GOS forms.

You can access the model contract here.

PHN's Editor remembers first asking for this change when representing the sector at the DoH in the year 2000, so movement at last!

LOCSU appoints new Chair.

August 2018

Alan Tinger

After ten years in the role, Alan Tinger (pictured left) will be stepping down this autumn as Chair of LOCSU.

Following a recruitment process the LOCSU Board have appointed Mike Fegan as the new non-executive Chair. He will formally take up the post after the NOC on 15 November 2018.

Mike has worked for FTSE 100 companies, SMEs, start-ups and not-for-profit and charitable organisations in a variety of senior roles.

David Hewlett said: “The sector owes Alan an enormous debt of gratitude for leading LOCSU through so many difficulties and challenges – not least major weaknesses in NHS commissioning, three chief operating officers and several changes of directors – over the past 10 years. LOCSU was a FODO concept and has grown into a fair and equitable model for enabling optical practice and businesses of all sizes to deliver enhanced services with minimal bureaucracy.



"The concept of primary eye care companies to make this happen was Alan’s alone. He will be sorely missed in this role but some comfort can be drawn from the recruitment of Mike Fegan to replace him."

National Optical Conference (NOC) now open for bookings.

August 2018


NOC Logo

The 2018 National Optical Conference will be taking place14-15 November at Chesford Grange in Warwickshire.

As ever, it will focus on practical skills for both first time delegates and experienced LOC Officers. LOCs are being encouraged to send more than one delegate and a mix of both new LOC recruits and longer serving members.

More details about the conference, including how to book, are here.

NHS England Eye Health Policy Book published

August 2018

NHS England
NHS England has published an updated version of their Policy Book for Eye Health.

This Book provides commissioners of primary care services the context, information and tools – such as checklists and template letters - to safely commission and manage primary eye


This document provides Commissioners of primary care services the context, information and tools to safely commission and contract manage primary eye health contracts. You can read and refer to the whole document here

New FODO appointment to LOCSU Board.

August 2018

Stephen McAndrew has replaced Paul Carroll as a FODO-nominated member of the LOCSU Board.

FODO takes this opportunity to thank Paul for his sterling work on behalf of FODO members.

Stephen will bring a pragmatic and business focussed approach to the LOCSU Board, which is critical to meeting the objectives of the sector in the coming years.

Stephen is Director NHS Services at Specsavers and has 30 years’ experience in senior commercial and business development roles in healthcare.

In addition, following a publicised recruitment process, Emma Spofforth has joined the LOCSU Board as the LOC representative for the Midlands and East of England region.

Contractors praise new CET claims process

July 2018

Optical contractors claiming CET grants have given a thumbs-up to the new online process.

The new process, announced in a recent LOCSU Hot Brief to ophthalmic contractors, and here on Opchat News was unveiled earlier this month when the window for 2018 CET claims opened on 2nd July.
Outlining his positive experience of the system, Stewart Mitchell, said: “I was really impressed with the process. It was straight forward, streamlined and the submission form is easy to understand. Plus, when submitting via PCSE portal, I received confirmation of the claim the same day.”

Stewart told LOCSU, that his claim was also approved on the day it was submitted and that he received his grant in the next available payment run. The optometrist, whose practice is situated in Bradford, said that some contractors may not be familiar with their ODS Code but that an NHS Digital email and telephone hotline can supply this promptly.

“I would urge contractors to make use of the PSCE online submission service, it’s quite straight forward,” said Stewart.

Claims for CET undertaken by ophthalmic practitioners between 1 January to 31 December 2017 must be submitted before 1 November 2018.

Previous story and Claim Form link available here

LOCSU director seconded to PCSE.

July 2018

LOCSU’s Clinical Director, Katrina Venerus, has been seconded by Primary Care Support England (PCSE) to help improve its service to optical practices.

Katrina will be joining PCSE as a Special Advisor and Subject Matter Expert to its Ophthalmic Payments service line.

The former LOCSU Managing Director has been a member of PCSE’s stakeholder forum since the start of the contract, providing invaluable insight into the optical sector and representing the voice of the customer.

PCSE explained that, as a key figure in the sector, they are delighted she is able to bring her expertise to support their operational improvement programme and to lend her influence to their transformation plans to modernise the service.

Announcing the move, LOCSU Chief Operating Officer, Richard Whittington, said: “LOCSU and the Optical Confederation are pleased that Katrina is taking up this secondment to provide direct expertise to PCSE’s operational improvement work and the forthcoming transformation of the ophthalmic payments service.

“It is clear that modernisation of the payments service is needed urgently to streamline the claims and payments processes for practices and this secondment fits with of our commitment to supporting NHS England and PCSE to ensure the transformation programme is a success for our sector.”

 

 
 
 
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