Community Services Pathways

LOCSU’s Community Optometric Services

What is the problem in providing eyecare?

  • 1.8 million people live with sightloss in the UK today (Future Sight Loss UK, RNIB 2008)
  • Ophthalmology accounts for the 8th highest level of programme spend in England and is rising

How is the Department of Health trying to solve this problem?

Since 2004, the DH has been trying to encourage the delivery of more routine and minor emergency eyecare outside hospital in community optical practices. The aim is to free up hospital capacity to cope with increasing demand from both the ageing population and new technologies eg wet AMD treatments.

What eyecare can be provided in the community?

Throughout the UK, community optical practices are successfully and safely delivering local community services in primary care with high levels of patient satisfaction, as part of local integrated pathways linking into secondary care as appropriate. A key benefit of implementing these community services is a reduction in referral rates to GPs, A&E and hospital eye departments.

How can LOCSU help?

As well as developing accredited pathways for LOCs to use. LOCSU can:

  • help LOCs to develop business cases for community services
  • work with local commissioners while the business is set up

LOCSU's support in managing community services

LOCSU has worked in partnership with Webstar Health to develop a package of easily accessible web-based management solutions known as OptoManager which will allow:

  • Local Optical Committees (LOCs) to offer managed community services to commissioners including administration, data collection and performance reports
  • Speedier and easier administration of community services allowing LOCs to focus on service delivery and outcomes

LOC Companies 

An LOC company is a vehicle to enable an LOC to put together a consortium of local contractors so that they can all participate in an AQP (Any Qualified Provider) contract as they could do in the past with their own direct contract.

The LOCSU suggested method is to use a company limited by guarantee with LOCSU as the member to facilitate (LOCSU is itself a company limited by guarantee whose members are ABDO, AOP and FODO) and the Directors appointed by the LOC.

A guide to LOC Companies is available.  

For further information or advice please contact info@locsu.co.uk

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You can find out more about individual pathways below.

LOC members can, via their log in, also access through these pages, the members’ only areas which contain supporting documentation for each pathway. This includes the actual pathway, building a business case, and sample presentations.

Glaucoma Services

Community Optical Pathway for an Adult Low Vision Enhanced Service

Children's Vision Pathway

Pre and Post Operative Cataract Service

Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS)

Community Learning Disability Pathway

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Dates for the diary

Rotherham & Barnsley LOC's AGM

Carlton Park Hotel, 102-104 Moorgate Rd, Rotherham S60 2BG

Annual AGM

2018-05-01 19:00:00 - 2018-05-01 21:00:00

Contact name: Tony Wing

Contact email: tonywing71@btinternet.com

Herefordshire LOC's AGM

The Courtyard – Studio Theatre, Edgar Street, Hereford, HR4 9JR

Annual AGM

2018-04-25 14:30:00 - 2018-04-25 18:30:00

Contact name: Nick Black

Contact email: nick_black@btinternet.com

Calderdale and Kirklees LOC's AGM

Bertie's Banqueting Rooms, Brook Street, Elland, West Yorkshire, HX5 9AW

Annual AGM

2018-04-25 18:30:00 - 2018-04-25 21:30:00

Contact name: Russell Ramsden

Contact email: russellr-loc@hotmail.co.uk

Dorset LOC's AGM

The RNLI College, West Quay Road, Poole, BH15 1HZ

Annual AGM

2018-04-25 18:30:00 - 2018-04-25 21:00:00

Contact name: Rachel Edwards

Contact email: info@dorsetloc.org

North East London LOC's AGM

Best Western Plus Epping Forest Hotel, 30 Oak Hill, Woodford Green, London IG8 9NY

Annual AGM

2018-04-26 18:30:00 - 2018-04-26 21:00:00

Contact name: Gaynor Mendolson

Contact email: info@nelondonloc.com

North & North East Lincolnshire LOC's AGM

The Humber room, The Ropewalk, Maltkiln Road, Barton-on-humber

Annual AGM

2018-04-27 18:30:00 - 2018-04-27 21:00:00

Contact name: Ralph Worfolk

Contact email: rw@smithwalker.co.uk

Sefton LOC's AGM

Pioneer Bar, 107 Liverpool Rd, Crosby, L23 5TD

Annual AGM

2018-04-30 18:00:00 - 2018-04-30 21:00:00

Contact name: Paul Newell

Contact email: sefton.loc@gmail.com

Kent & Medway LOC's AGM

Charlotte Room, Marriott Tudor Park, Ashford Road, Bearsted, ME14 4NQ

Annual AGM

2018-05-01 18:00:00 - 2018-05-01 21:00:00

Contact name: Michelle Martins

Contact email: michelle@jclconsulting.co.uk

Cumbria LOC's AGM

Greenfields Hotel, Wigton, Cumbria

Annual AGM

2018-05-01 18:00:00 - 2018-05-01 21:00:00

Contact name: Bruce Avery

Contact email: braveryoptom@talktalk.net

Manchester LOC's AGM

The Chancellors Hotel, Chancellors Way, Moseley Way, Fallowfield, Manchester, M14 6NN

Annual AGM

2018-05-02 18:30:00 - 2018-05-02 21:00:00

Contact name: Lindsey Flynn

Contact email: lindsey-flynn@hotmail.com

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