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NHS to host eye health summit.

LOCSU announces successes from LOC Companies.

LOCSU plans for a relook on the LOC Model Constitution after receiving feedback from members.

LOCSU report reveals Regional momentum driving community services.

NHS to host eye health summit.

March 2016

NHS England is to host an eye care commissioning summit on 7 June 2016.

“Immediate solutions to address demand and capacity in the Hospital Eye Service” is being organised by NHS England with support from the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, the
College of Optometrists and LOCSU to bring together commissioners from across the country to hear about successful solutions and options to address demand pressures.

The event will feature a number of case studies from areas that LOCs and LOCSU are heavily involved with including the East Lancashire Integrated Eye Service and the Better Care Together Vanguard.

LOCSU announces successes from LOC Companies.

March 2016

LOCSU Services map

Success at scale through the Regional LOC Companies is the stand-out story from the latest Commissioning Special update across LOCs issued by LOCSU this week.

With around half of LOCs (40) covered by a Regional LOC Company, LOCSU claims it is no surprise that CCGs are drawn to the larger footprint which delivers cost-effective services at scale and benefits for patients.

Among the highlights are services delivered by Primary Eyecare Heart of West Midlands which is currently rolling out services across the region which are estimated to be worth almost £1,000,000 per annum.

LOCSU says these amount to two of the biggest procurements LOCs using the regional companies.

LOCSU consults with members for a relook on the LOC Model Constitution after receiving feedback from members.

January 2016

Following feedback from LOCSU that a number of LOCs have suggested that the LOC Model Constitution is out of date, NHS England have agreed to consider a revised Model Constitution for LOCs.

A copy of the current LOC Model Constitution can be found at and you can download a pdf at the end of the story for your convenience.

LOCs who have any suggestions for changes to the LOC Model Constitution are asked to submit them via by 5pm on Monday 1 February.

LOCSU will collate the suggestions received and produce a draft revised LOC Model Constitution for consultation with all LOCs. We will then meet with NHS England to discuss the changes that are proposed.

Suggestions that LOCs have made in the past regarding changes that should be made to the current LOC Model Constitution are listed in Appendix 1 for your information. The anticipated timetable for the process can be found in Appendix 2.

Download pdf here.

LOCSU report reveals Regional momentum driving community services.

October 2015

Regional LOC Companies are on the increase according to the 2014-15 LOCSU Annual Report published today.

LOCSU reveals that “regional momentum” is a growing and defined development in the commissioning landscape in the report, entitled “Leaders at every table”.

40 out of 78 LOCs are now covered by a Regional Company and a total of 63 LOCs are now promoting the single provider model to attract services. More than half of LOCs (44 out of 78) have at least one community service commissioned through a Primary Eyecare Company.

Katrina Venerus CEO LOCSUOutlining the shift, LOCSU Managing Director, Katrina Venerus, said: “We are seeing a clear trend from both Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and LOCs attracted to the benefits of the company model.

“LOCs are drawn to its efficiency as it eases the administrative burden and allows practices of all sizes to participate in pathways.

“Similarly, hard-pressed CCGs understand the benefits of administering one contract but still offering patients a wide choice of practices for eye health services.

“The Regional Company model is a turbo-charged version of the LOC Company offering CCGs a single provider across a wider area and enabling LOCs to pool resources and combine expertise to successfully bid for services with LOCSU’s support.

“The end result is more beneficial for patients and more cost-effective for Commissioners.”

The Annual Report shows that, of the more than 500 community services in place, 159 have been established since April 2014 and the number of services delivered through an LOC Company has doubled in the past 12 months.

Case studies in the report also highlight LOC and LOCSU activities in the past year to develop new care models to show how optics can innovative to help reform eye health services.

Publishing the report, Ms Venerus said: “Whether it is in representing the sector and influencing decision makers at a national and strategic level, helping LOCs attract services through our network of Optical Leads, helping LOCs develop and flourish through learning and development and putting leaders at ever table, LOCSU is certainly more than the sum of its parts; this year’s Annual Report reflects that.”

Also published today, LOCSU has completed the first major update to the Atlas of Optical Variation.

For the first time, the Atlas now shows details of services delivered by LOC Companies as well as those commissioned via individual contracts.

The map view shows services by pathway type, with geographic groupings by NHS regional team that can be broken down to LOC or CCG level.

Commenting on the updated Atlas, Venerus said: “The reality is community eye services are still a postcode lottery due to the absence of national standardised commissioning.

“The updated Atlas of Variation offers a snapshot of the current provision and gaps around the country.

“It will be useful for LOCs, for Commissioners and for the public to be able to see where services exist and how they are provided.”

The live Atlas can be found on the LOCSU website at:


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