The letter to NHS chief executive Simon Stevens and operations and information national director Matthew Swindells was signed by sector leaders from the AOP, the Local Optical Committee
Support Unit, Association of British Dispensing Opticians and Federation of Ophthalmic and Dispensing Opticians.
He is an active member of the Local Optical Committee
, which has helped see the introduction of local initiatives such as the Direct Cataract Referral Scheme, to which the Smithdown Place Specsavers store is accredited.
The mum-of-one is a trustee of the College of Optometrists, chairman of the Warwickshire Association of Optometrists, and a member of the Coventry Local Optical Committee
"If feedback is not received, then it provides a powerful case that a Local Optical Committee
could take to their hospital trust to show how little feedback is given from secondary care," she added.
Additionally, keeping in contact with the local optical committee
is important, as is looking at its website for updates on the current referral guidance.
The Optical Confederation (OC) and Local Optical Committee
Support Unit (LOCSU) have highlighted that progress is being made towards easing referral challenges in the optical sector after the Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock MP, announced a ban on the purchase of fax machines.
The emergence of the Primary Eyecare Services Company was inevitable, but the consolidation, under the guidance of the Local Optical Committee
Support Unit (LOCSU), has been at pace.
I was voted onto Cheshire Local Optical Committee
(LOC) in March 2015 after expressing an interest to the then secretary at a CET event it was hosting.
Local Optical Committee
Support Unit (LOCSU) commissioning lead, Zoe Richmond, shared that there has been a high level of support for MECS among optical practices.
OT has been speaking to optometrists to find out why they got involved with their local optical committee
(LOC), in advance of the annual National Optical Conference (NOC), taking place on 14-15 November 2018 at Chesford Grange Hotel, Kenilworth.
Described as the key event in the calendar for those involved or looking to join their Local Optical Committee
(LOC) or those delivering eye health services through a Primary Eyecare Company, the NOC will focus on practical skills which delegates will find invaluable in their day-to-day role on their LOC or PEC.
Part one is a series of distance learning lectures and multiple choice examinations that are delivered by the Local Optical Committee
Support Unit and Wales Optometry Postgraduate Education Centre.