Who are we?
We are the Local Optical Committee Support Unit (LOCSU).
We are a key link between national professional optic bodies such as the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO), the Association of Optometrists (AOP) or the Federation of Ophthalmic (and Dispensing) Opticians (FODO) and the local optician or optometrist working to improve eye services in their region.
What does LOCSU do?
- We use our clinical expertise to develop community/enhanced service pathways for particular eye health problems such as Glaucoma and Cataracts.These accredited clinical pathways give local optical committees in England the tools which can be used in their negotiations with their local health commissioners.
- We run regional training events to make sure that LOC members are informed and equipped to negotiate with their local health commissioners in England.
- We ensure LOCs get the latest information about tenders for future services, changes to the NHS and the way services will be planned in the future through bulletins, newsletters and e-alerts.
- We work with NHS England and key stakeholders to raise awareness among commissioners of the benefits of extended primary eye care services and to connect commissioners with LOCs to start working together.