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Capita plc confirmed as preferred bidder in Primary Care Support tender

LOCSU announces new Optical Lead appointment

New LOCSU database will make 'watertight' case for Community Services

Capita plc confirmed as preferred bidder in Primary Care Support tender

June 2015

Capita plc has been announced by NHS England as the as the preferred bidder in Primary Care Support tender.

Capita has promised to standardise processes for primary care support across the country, and to improve the quality of the service. The final contract will have to be signed off by both the Department of Health and the Treasury before the deal is completed.

Katrina Venerus, LOCSU Managing Director and Vice Chair of the PCS stakeholder group, said: “LOCSU and the Optical Confederation have been closely involved in the procurement process through our representatives on the stakeholder group. We are confident that the preferred bidder has listened to our views and that they have the capability and expertise to provide a more streamlined and consistent PCS service in the future.

“We look forward to working with Capita plc, through the new service management board, to support the transfer of the service and the future service transformation.”
The service is expected to transfer in the early autumn. Further details will be disseminated when available.

LOCSU announces new Optical Lead appointment

May 2015

Rupesh Bagdai has been appointed as a new LOCSU Optical Lead and will join the team from 1 June 2015.

Rupesh qualified as an optometrist in 1998 and since then he has worked in multiple, independent and domiciliary practice. He joined Cheshire LOC in 2009 and is Chair of the LOC Company, Primary Eyecare (Cheshire) Ltd.

He is currently working as a specialist slit lamp examiner for Cheshire Diabetic Retinal Screening Service and is involved in training and supporting colleagues. He has completed the WOPEC Public Health post-graduate module and is a College-approved peer review facilitator.

Rupesh has gained considerable commissioning experience working at a local level. Over the last year he has been working with West Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group to develop sustainable eye health services, placing patients at the centre of care. He is currently mobilising a glaucoma repeat readings service across two CCG areas.

New LOCSU database will make 'watertight' case for Community Services

May 2015

LOCSU has unveiled plans for a new national database to support the case for the universal commissioning of community eye services.

The Data Repository project, part funded by the Central (LOC) Fund, will demonstrate the cost effectiveness of community services and provide a compelling evidence base to NHS Commissioners for the adoption of high-street services at scale.

Outlining details of the initiative LOCSU Managing Director, Katrina Venerus, said: “This will be a real game changer for community optics that could put paid to the fragmented, piecemeal approach by commissioners.”

“While the current OptoManager IT platform collects data from individual services, it does not offer the global perspective and real-time, in-depth comparisons that will be provided by the new Data Repository.”

Venerus said that as well as demonstrating the benefit of commissioning community services, the new initiative will allow outcome comparisons across different services; by geography, age group and ethnicity. It will also be possible for other reference data to be fed into the repository, for example disease prevalence, to answer specific research questions.

“The anonymised national data will be extremely valuable to the whole sector. In addition to supporting the case for universal adoption of certain community services by CCGs and strengthening the argument for an extended role for optometrists and opticians in primary care, it will also become very useful from a public health and research perspective.”
“We are delighted to have financial support from the Central (LOC) Fund to allow us to take this project forward and to make anonymised data accessible to relevant stakeholders and interested parties outwith LOCSU.”

LOCSU said Webstar Health and its parent company Cegedim Rx, who have proven expertise in this area, will utilise a tried-and-tested data integration and business analytics platform that will integrated with the existing OptoManager system, A Data Repository Steering Group with experts from across the sector will be established to take the project forward when it is up and running later this year.

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