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

Read more

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

Derbyshire LOC's AGM

The Westone Manor Hotel, Ashley Way, Northampton, NN3 3EA

Annual AGM

2018-03-05 18:15:00 - 2018-03-05 20:30:00

Contact name: Jackie Hill

Contact email: jyhilluk@virginmedia.com

Doncaster & Bassetlaw LOC's AGM

Crown Hotel, High Street, Bawtry, Doncaster DN10 6JW

Annual AGM

2018-03-21 18:00:00 - 2018-03-21 20:30:00

Contact name: Daniel Gilbert

Contact email: secretary@db-loc.org.uk

East Sussex LOC's AGM

CCG Offices, Friars Walk, Lewes

Annual AGM

2018-03-21 19:00:00 - 2018-03-21 21:00:00

Contact name: Jackie Oxley

Contact email: jackie.oxley@googlemail.com

Sandwell LOC's AGM

Park Inn, M5 Jct1, Birmingham Rd, West Bromwich, B70 6RS.

Annual AGM

2018-03-22 18:30:00 - 2018-03-22 21:00:00

Contact name: Peter Hampson

Contact email: pghampson@gmail.com

Hertfordshire LOC's AGM

Biopark, Room 2, Broadwater Road, Welwyn Garden City, AL7 3AX

Annual AGM

2018-03-26 18:30:00 - 2018-03-26 21:00:00

Contact name: Dawn Doe

Contact email: Hertsloc@gmail.com

Lancashire & Morecambe Bay LOC (formerly North & West Lancs)

Brockholes Visitor Centre, New Road, Preston, PR5 0AG

Annual AGM

2018-03-28 18:00:00 - 2018-03-28 20:30:00

Contact name: Paul Hutchence

Contact email: nwllocsec@gmail.com

North Yorkshire LOC's AGM

Crown Hotel, Boroughbridge YO51 9LB

Annual AGM

2018-04-17 18:30:00 - 2018-04-17 21:00:00

Contact name: Sarah Ashworth

Contact email: nylocsecretary@gmail.com

Buckinghamshire LOC's AGM

Postgraduate Education Centre, Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Mandeville Rd, Aylesbury HP21 8AL

Annual AGM

2018-04-17 19:00:00 - 2018-04-17 21:30:00

Contact name: Angela McNamee

Contact email: bucksloc@hotmail.com

Durham LOC's AGM

Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham, DH1 1TD

Annual AGM

2018-05-09 18:15:00 - 2018-05-09 21:00:00

Contact name: Richard Naisbitt

Contact email: secretary@durhamloc.co.uk

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