LOCSU announces funding for 11 places on first Leadership Course for Optical Profession

12 September 2011

Do you want to become a leader in the Optical Sector? 
Do you want to develop your skills so you can help your Optical Committee navigate the NHS Health Reforms? 

Anyone answering yes should seriously consider Leadership Skills for Optical Professionals - the first ever specialist leadership skills for the optical sector.  Set up by the Local Optical Committee Support Unit (LOCSU) with the Wales Optometry Postgraduate Education Centre (WOPEC) at Cardiff University, the course earns 20 credits towards a post-graduate qualification.   The course includes:
• successful negotiation with individuals and groups
• how to lead development of eye care in your region
• assessing own leadership strengths against the LOCSU Leadership Competency Framework

Dr Christine Purslow, of WOPEC said, “This is a major step forward in the development of the profession, recognising leadership skills as an essential tool for presenting ourselves at both a local and national level. We are extremely pleased to work with LOCSU on this pioneering course that is relevant to so many of us in optical roles.”
LOCSU is also announcing that as part of the range of training support provided to Local and Regional Optical Committees, it will fund 11 places for LOC/ ROC members.  Places will be awarded via a confidential and anonymous shor tlisting process followed by interview which will involve leading practitioners and academics. 

Alan Tinger, Chairman of LOCSU said “Good leadership is essential for the future of the profession in getting more enhanced services off the ground across the country, thus making better use of NHS resources and giving patients quicker access to treatment.  Developing leadership skills within LOCs/ ROCs is vital – as this will make the difference in the profile of local community optometry in the midst of the seismic changes affecting the NHS landscape.   It is right that LOCSU has made this a priority.”

The course comprises a mixture of distance learning lectures with attendance at 3 compulsory weekend sessions at WOPEC in Cardiff during the course duration.  The course will particularly benefit those involved in commissioning enhanced service pathway, negotiating shared care scheme, but is also of benefit to anyone with a leadership or mentoring role in eye care practice. 

Anyone considering applying for LOCSU funding should be aware that following shortlisting, interviews will be held on 18th/ 19th October in London.  Applicants will be expected to demonstrate their commitment to their Local or Regional Optical Committee and the demands of the course.  Deadline for applications is Friday 7th October 2011 and more information and/or application forms is available from jacquehudson@locsu.co.uk

Notes to editors
More details about the Leadership Skills Course are available from LOCSU gillbrabner@locsu.co.uk or WOPEC (PGOptom@cardiff.ac.uk).  To find out more about LOCSU’s funding or for an application form please contact Jacque Hudson, Office Manager at LOCSU (jacquehudson@locsu.co.uk or 020 7549 2050.)
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Jenny Manchester, Communications Manager at the Local Optical Commiittee Support Unit at  jennymanchester@locsu.co.uk

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