NICE springboard for Local and Regional Optical Committees thanks to work of LOCSU Group

18 April 2012

New updated NICE guidance has recognised the input of LOCSU’s Clinical Advisory Group by clarifying the role optometrists can play in monitoring people who are at risk of developing glaucoma.  Katrina Venerus, Director of Operations and Commissioning at LOCSU, welcomed the news as a valuable opportunity for Local and Regional Optical Committees to increase the number of glaucoma enhanced services saying: 

“Thanks to LOCSU’s Clinical Advisory Group, this guidance has confirmed that community optometrists with basic LOCSU accreditation can monitor patients with ocular hypertension (OHT), including those on treatment.   By doing so, it provides LOCs and ROCs with an opportunity to contact commissioners about developing a local service for monitoring people with ocular hypertension (OHT) and people with suspected chronic open angle glaucoma (COAG), based on the LOCSU pathway. 

“LOCSU’s Clinical Advisory Group will now be working with other stakeholders to develop a pathway for monitoring people with stable glaucoma.”

Any Local or Regional Optical Committee that requires support, should contact


Notes to editors

  •  Supervision (which might be remote) or higher qualifications will be required for monitoring patients with diagnosed COAG.

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