LOCSU and Newmedica sign agreement on post-cataract tariffs for community optometrists

16 April 2018

Community ophthalmology provider Newmedica has entered into a framework agreement with the Local Optical Committee Support Unit (LOCSU) which will see patients returning to their optometrist after cataract surgery for post-operative assessment for a set tariff.

This is the first national framework agreement of its kind for LOCSU with a community ophthalmology provider. It will be open to all optometrists providing they have successfully completed the LOCSU/WOPEC cataract accreditation.

The post-operative cataract pathway is evidence-based and uses best practice guidance to improve the patient journey and clinical and cost-effectiveness.

Richard Whittington, LOCSU Chief Operating Officer, said: "At LOCSU we are pleased to be entering into the agreement with Newmedica as it will enable Primary Eyecare Companies and practices to offer effective cataract post-operative care in a timely manner to patients in the community. It will also provide an opportunity to redesign local services with primary care being at the heart of delivery."

Darshak Shah, Newmedica Managing Director, said: "We have a simple mission for Newmedica: to make eyecare better. Eyecare services have traditionally been hospital-based yet many ophthalmic assessments and treatments currently carried out in secondary care can be undertaken effectively in primary care.

"At Newmedica we are delighted to have entered into an agreement with LOCSU that will be open to all appropriately accredited optometrists. This is a significant step forward in the redesign of local eye care services that will be of benefit to patients and to practitioners."

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Notes to Editors

The post-operative cataract pathway
Following day case cataract surgery at a Newmedica surgical centre the patient will be discharged with appropriate instructions and medication.

If all is well the patient will visit the referring optometrist after four weeks for the final post-op examination and GOS refraction. If there any complications the optometrist will refer back to the treatment centre and if not, the optometrist will send information to the treatment centre and GP and refer back for second eye operation if appropriate or discharge the patient and advise on the interval before next routine sight test.

About Newmedica
Founded ten years ago by Darshak Shah, an entrepreneur and eyecare patient, and Jeremy Diamond, a consultant ophthalmologist, Newmedica is one of the leading providers of NHS-funded ophthalmology services in England.

It provides services for NHS CCGs, NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts, and other providers of NHS-funded services and delivers over 100,000 patient interactions annually in more than 20 services across England.

In the past six months Newmedica has established three new eye health clinics and surgical centres in North East Lincolnshire, Gloucestershire and Bristol and has plans to open more around England.

In November 2016 Specsavers made a major investment in Newmedica and the two organisations are working together to close the gap between ophthalmology and optometry.

 

About LOCSU

The Local Optical Committee Support Unit (LOCSU) works with the Optical Confederation to support Local Optical Committees (LOCs) and Primary Eyecare Companies (PECs) across England in developing local eye health services. LOCSU helps community optometrists and opticians work with local commissioners to make community eye services accessible for patients and cost effective for the NHS. LOCs represent the interests of Optometrists, Dispensing Opticians and Contractors of Ophthalmic services in local areas.

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Solihull LOC's AGM

St John's Hotel, 651 Warwick Rd, Solihull B91 1AT

Annual AGM

2018-10-03 19:00:00 - 2018-10-03 21:30:00

Contact name: Cathy Pike

Contact email: solihull.loc@hotmail.co.uk

National Optical Conference 2018

Chesford Grange hotel, Nr Kenilworth, Warwick CV8 2LD

Annual NOC for LOC officers and its members

2018-11-14 17:00:00 - 2018-11-15 17:30:00

Contact email: info@locsu.co.uk

Contact telephone number: 020 7549 2051

East Yorkshire LOC's AGM

Village Hotel, Henry Boot Way, Hull HU4 7DY

Annual AGM

2018-11-19 18:30:00 - 2018-11-19 21:00:00

Contact name: Ean Blair

Contact email: ean@optometrics.co.uk

Contact telephone number: 07768 492806

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