Calderdale and Kirklees LOC have launched three local enhanced services in September

26 September 2012

Calderdale & Kirklees LOC have been ambitious with their development plans for 2012 and their hard work has been rewarded when three local enhanced services were launched together in the area on September 1st .
C&K LOC, with support from LOCSU, worked closely with NHS Calderdale and NHS Kirklees, the three local CCGs and the local foundation trust to develop enhanced services for PEARS, Cataract (pre- and post-op) and OHT monitoring.  The development of these services is a clear example of a local professional network delivering outputs. 

The regional PCT cluster includes Wakefield whose PEARS scheme was the basis of the new Calderdale & Kirklees PEARS service, initially underpinned by WOPEC training.  Existing pre-op cataract schemes were evolved from both Calderdale & Wakefield models with post-op deriving from a good existing relationship with local Trust consultants. There is no doubt that from an early stage CCG interest in improving community based enhanced service has been pivotal.

 Following two educational sessions covering the clinical elements of all the services and the administrative processes the services have been implemented successfully. The Educational sessions were kindly hosted by Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Trust and Kirklees PCT HQ. Around two thirds of local optometric practices are signed up for most of the schemes at present and more are likely to follow as hopefully further opportunity for training is made available going forwards.

There still remain a few operational issues to resolve such as differing audit requirements in CCG areas, unfamiliarity engaging with CHOICE and the concept of practice to practice PEARS referrals which challenge existing mindsets. The LOC are working closely with the CCGs and PCT to resolve these issues.

All the new schemes are the result of pulling together existing resources and a willingness of commissioners, both GP and PCT to look to the future, with LOCSU and LOC encouragement. There is no doubt that if LOC's can engage fully with the developing LPN's progress can be made in other areas. It will be satisfying for the present and past LOC members to see local community opticians in Calderdale & Kirklees making a greater contribution to patients’ health and experience by utilising their skills and experience more fully.  



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