Eye Care Commissioning


Commissioning in the NHS is a complex process that ensures that health and care services are provided effectively and meet the needs of the population. Responsibilities include:

  • assessing populations needs
  • prioritising health outcomes
  • procuring products and services
  • managing service providers
  • engaging with local people to hear their views on current services and how services can be improved

Who is responsible for commissioning local health services?

From 1 April  2013, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in England have taken over responsibility for commissioning the majority of local health services including enhanced services provided by community optical practices. NHS England is responsible for commissioning all primary care, including General Ophthalmic Services (GOS).  

NHS Eye Health Summit

On 7 June 2016 the conference, ‘Immediate solutions to address demand and capacity pressures in the Hospital Eye Service’ showcased innovative and collaborative service models from around the country.

The event,  exclusively aimed at commissioners, brought together leading eye specialists and partners responsible for delivering commissioning guidelines, to share pathways and best models of practice that deliver optimum cost-effective care for eye patients both in the community and in hospital eye services.

Follow the links below to read more about the programme, the speakers and the the presentations:



Professor Caroline MacEwen Ophthalmology – Current Position and Pressures

David Geddes NHS England – Perspective and Strategy

Katrina Venerus Primary Care – Overview

Graham Mennie The Importance of Effective Commissioning for Ophthalmic Services

Helen Hibbs Primary Care ­– Possibilities with Pathways

Fiona Spencer  Glaucoma Risk-Based Pathways and Effective Working

Winfried Amoaku AMD – A new Demand with Solutions for Effective Implementation

John Buchan New Ways of Working

Christiane Shrimpton The Role of the Vanguards – Better Care Together

Janet Edwards The Integrated Eye Service

David Parkins Strategic Approach to Commissioning for Eye Health

Parul Desai Indicators and Outcomes Framework – relevance to Patients and Commissioners

Professor Caroline MacEwen Training the Workforce – the Common Competency Framework

Read the press release from the event



Briefing: NHS Commissioning in England April 2013


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Dates for the diary

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

Surrey LOC's AGM

Ripley Village Hall, High Street, Ripley, Woking , Surrey GU23 6AF

Annual AGM

2018-04-09 19:00:00 - 2018-04-09 21:00:00

Contact name: Sarah Jane Minter

Contact email: office@surreyloc.org.uk

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

Kingston, Richmond & Twickenham LOC's AGM

Cole Court, 150 London Road, Twickenham, TW1 1HD

Annual AGM

2018-05-09 19:00:00 - 2018-05-09 21:00:00

Contact name: Anna Buxton

Contact email: krtloc3@gmail.com

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