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Data Security and Protection Toolkit Update, IGT now replaced.
LOCSU's Primary Eyecare Services announces new Chair.
LOCSU Annual Report published.
New to the LOC? Sign up for March Induction
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Data Security and Protection Toolkit Update, IGT now replaced.

February 2019

The Data Security and Protection Toolkit (DSPT) has replaced the Information Governance Toolkit (IGT) as NHS Digitalís (formerly HSCIC) compliance check for information governance.

LOCSU and the Optical Confederation have been working with NHS Digital to simplify this process as much as possible with the result that the DSPT can now be completed within QiO if preferred.

Please see information from NHS Digital below:

Well done for starting to think about your data security and the Data Security and Protection Toolkit. The Data Security and Protection Toolkit has replaced the IG Toolkit and is an online self-assessment of data security in your organisation.

It is required to access NHS Mail, Referrals and local electronic record sharing projects.

NHS Digital has worked to support the optical sector to complete a DSP toolkit in a number of ways which will give you some options about how to complete your DSPT.

LOCSU are also running a range of web training events throughout February and March, details available here and videos here which can be watched on demand.

There is other help and support available, with some example materials (primarily developed for Care Sector but map quite well across) separately here

Options for completion:

1) If you want to complete a DSPT now, register on the site and work through the Toolkit questions. Once you have completed the questions you can publish your toolkit to complete it. If you are part of a chain, would like to complete an identical toolkit for your branches and can wait until the end of February, email and they will set up a HQ site so you can develop a master submission for all your sites.

2) If you want to complete the DSP Toolkit questions as part of the Quality in Optometry tool make sure you have completed all the mandatory questions and we will ensure it is displayed on the DSP Toolkit site so that you can show your commissioner and partners that you have completed the DSP Toolkit.

For option 2 (QiO) completion there are two possible checklists for completion: the Optical DSPT checklist, and the NHSmail checklist.
You can view the new DSPT tab with instructions for completion via this link.

The date for completion is 31st March 2019 (and then annually) unless otherwise advised.

LOCSU's Primary Eyecare Services announces new Chair.

February 2019

Mike FeganPrimary Eyecare Services Ltd is one of the companies created by LOCSU into which many of the smaller Primary Eyecare companies have merged.

It is delighted to announce the appointment of Mike Fegan as Chairman of their Board.

Mike brings a wealth of business and finance experience which is invaluable as the Company continues to grow. He is an experienced Finance Director and spent 15 years with FTSE 100 companies; he has held roles at ITV, Granada, Forte and the Football Association; he is currently a director of the Association of Optometrists and has recently been appointed as Chair of LOCSU.

He will be replacing Trevor Warburton who was the interim initial Chair of PEC Services and who will remain on the board.

LOCSU Annual Report published.

February 2019

LOCSU Annual ReportLOCSUís 2017-2018 Annual Report, entitled Progress & Integration is now available for LOCs on their website.

The report covers the consolidation of Primary Eyecare Companies and a report of the tenure of LOCSU Chairman, Alan Tinger, who stood down after a decade leading the organisation.

The report shows that the number of services in the sector stands just under 700 with PEC activities and revenue up nearly a quarter in the last full financial year to the end of March 2018.

You can download and read or print the whole report as a pdf here

New to the LOC? Sign up for March Induction

February 2019

LOC members are invited to apply for the next LOC Facilitated Induction Course starting on 4 March.

The course is aimed at new LOC members but is open to all those who want to update their knowledge and brush up on their skills.

The four-week facilitated course takes around two to three hours a week to complete the reading and the activities. It means that participants can dip in and out and cover the bite-sized topics at their own pace.

The course covers LOC functions and governance, an overview of the national optical bodies, how NHS commissioning is organised and effective LOC communications.

In order to register for this programme, delegates need to email LOCSU at providing their name, LOC and their role within the LOC.

Please copy in your LOC Chair.

Another course will be held starting on June 10. For more information visit the Training pages of the LOCSU website.

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