LOCSU reveals leadership training candidates

7 March 2014

LOCSU has announced the list of successful candidates who will receive funding for its prestigious leadership training course.
The course – now in its third year – is widely-recognised as the only specialist programme in the optical sector with a proven track record of propelling candidates into leadership roles in the sector.
This year’s list of success candidates for funded places consists of: 
Shireen Bharuchi (Oxfordshire)
Paul Bradford (Devon)
Andrew Bridges (Hampshire)
John Davidson (North of Tyne)
Dan Dixon (Bradford)
David Good (Avon)
Bruce Gilson (Buckinghamshire)
Abdullah Khallique (Northamptonshire)
Neelam Patel (Kent and Medway)
Congratulating the funded candidates, Alan Tinger, Chairman of LOCSU, said: “Good leadership is essential for the future of our profession. Developing leadership skills within LOCs is vital in the midst of the seismic changes affecting the NHS landscape; particular given the role of leaders in helping the NHS to make best use of resources and improve patient outcomes through the commissioning of eye health community services. It is right that LOCSU has made this a priority.”
LOCSU's Leadership Skills for Optical Professionals is a 20-credit postgraduate module and is part of WOPEC's MSc programme at Cardiff University. 
Since it was piloted in 2011, the course has rapidly developed a reputation for helping candidates into leadership roles. Recent years’ successes include: Abi Page and Stewart Townsend appointed as LOCSU Board members, Angela Henderson, now an LEHN Chair, and Chris Newall joining the Optical Leads team.
To find out more or to register your interest in next year’s course, email Gill Brabner, LOCSU’s Learning and Development Consultant, at gillbrabner@locsu.co.uk 
Notes to Editors 
More details about the Leadership Skills Course are available from OCSU 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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Chris McGachy, Communications Manager at the Local Optical Committee Support Unit, cmcgachy@locsu.co.uk.


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