LOCSU Annual Report 2013/14 - page 15

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Moving Online
An important development this year has been the
decision to provide training and development for
our members via online and distance learning. The
response to this move has been extremely positive
with members valuing the opportunity to access
reading material and videos remotely in addition to
joining our webinars.
Induction for New Officers and
Training for LOC Treasurers
Previously delivered as face-to-face training days, from
this autumn, we will be offering these key courses as
online modules. This will enable delegates to work
through the information at a time suitable to them
and at their own pace. Treasurers will also be able to
submit questions to our Chairman, Alan Tinger, and
book one-to-one calls for specific advice from LOCSU’s
Company Secretary.
Total WOPEC Objective Structured Clinical
Examinations (OSCE)
PEARS: 312 attendees
GRR: 838 attendees
Clinical Governance and Performance
Leads Training Module
This module was designed and developed in response
to the support requested by members for LOC
Company Clinical Governance and Performance Leads.
Based on the experience gained fromworking with the
early-adopter Primary Eyecare Companies, the module
is designed to complement the hands-on support
provided by our Optical Leads team. The module,
which has seven sections, also includes an optional
short assessment assignment. This is proving to be
a useful way for a CGPL to demonstrate knowledge
and understanding of their key role and numerous
responsibilities.
Case Study: NOC inspired Neelam
Neelam Patel revealed it was her
attendance at the National Optical
Conference in 2013 that sparked
her interest in joining the LOCSU
Leadership Programme. “I attended
the break-out session where
leadership participants were
outlining their projects. I was
inspired by what they had achieved within their LOC’s
and the various leadership roles they were now fulfilling
since undertaking the course.”
Neelam, whose leadership project looked at
engagement levels in community eye care services of
smaller businesses versus larger companies, is now
supporting her LOC in West Kent on a series of projects.
One is developing a PEARS scheme with the CCGs and
another – with a GP lead – is an educational project
aimed at optometrists.
“The course has been invaluable in developing my
confidence, personally and professionally, and has had
a positive impact on my work within my LOC and in my
employed role. I am really grateful for the opportunity
LOCSU gave me by funding my place on the Leadership
Skills for Optical Professionals module run by WOPEC
at Cardiff University. As a consequence, I now have a
new network of friends across the country and Europe
that fulfil various roles within the profession giving me
a wider professional perspective of the potential career
and leadership roles in the sector.
“I would definitely recommend it to any aspiring
optometrist with wider career ambitions.”
Delegates on the 2014 Leadership Module.
Record delegate numbers at NOC
The 2013 NOC achieved record delegate numbers.
Highlights included David Geddes, Head of
Primary Care Commissioning at NHS England, who
encouraged delegates to use the NHS Call to Action
to put the spotlight on the extended role optical
practices can play in delivering community services.
Professor Harminder Dua, President of the Royal
College of Ophthalmologists inspired delegates
with his vision and passion for collaborative working
across the eye health sector.
Dr Waqaar Shah from the Royal College of General
Practitioners, prompted a lively debate with Friday’s
keynote.
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