LOCSU Annual Report 2013/14 - page 17

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Call to Action
LOCSU’s involvement with the Call to Action for Eye Health began in 2013 when we were invited to participate
in an NHS England working group that helped shape the consultation that was finally launched on 12 June
2014. Developing a Call to Action that would explore how the role of eye care professionals in primary care
could be expanded to relieve some of the pressure on the NHS, whilst considering the wider implications
of earlier detection and diagnosis of eye conditions and improving access to services, was challenging for
the working group. Therefore, we are pleased that resultant consultation ultimately provides a once-in-a-
generation opportunity for the sector to put forward a case for change.
As well as working on the national response to the Call to Action, we developed a plan to ensure that LOCs
would be supported in developing robust and cohesive local responses to the consultation through a
dedicated web page and a series of briefing papers, webinars and news updates.
We have also been working to get the whole eye health
sector and the public involved in the consultation by
liaising with others stakeholder groups and the NHS
England Communications Team, and promoting local Call
to Action events hosted by NHS England and LEHNs on our
public-facing Call to Action web page.
There is a lot more work to be done on the Call to Action
and the development of the Strategic Framework for
Primary Care that will follow it; we will continue to work
closely with NHS England to influence this momentous
project in the year ahead.
Clinical Council for Eye Health
Commissioning
The Council, led by the Royal College of
Ophthalmologists and the College of Optometrists
has been created to offer united, evidenced-based,
clinical advice and guidance to those commissioning
and delivering eye health services on issues where
national leadership is needed. LOCSU’s membership
of the Clinical Council is vital to ensure that the voice
of community optics is heard in what will become a
national forum of major influence.
UK Vision Strategy and VISION 2020
(UK)
Our involvement with the UK Vision Strategy
(UKVS) leadership group, previously known as the
Strategic Advisory Group, and the VISION 2020 (UK)
Ophthalmic Public Health Committee has made
certain that the role of community optometrists
and opticians is understood by stakeholders and is
considered in any projects that have been undertaken.
It has also helped us to support LOCs to engage with
others working to implement the UK Vision Strategy
at a local level.
Stephen Kill (centre) from SeeAbility receives an award from the UKVS
for the winning Learning Disabilities pathways poster.
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