Regulation

LOCSU provides information and advice to members of Local Optical committees (LOCs) to ensure that they are clear about General Ophthalmic Service regulations and contacts as well as terms of service.  We support the main optical representative bodies (AOP, FODO and ABDO) in keeping members up-to-date with the latest news so that they can be sure that they operate within the law.

General Ophthalmic Services in England (GOS)

Check out the latest information on GOS regulations in England, by visiting the relevant pages of the optical representative bodies’ websites.

Here you will find information relating to areas such as:

GOS 18 Electronic Forms

(The signature version may not open properly in some browers.  It does works in IE and Firefox).

You can find relevant advice and information about GOS in England from the organisations at the bottom of the page.

NHS Brand guidelines

Please note that guidance on the use of the NHS identity and logo in optical practices in England can be found on the NHS Identity website and then link to: http://www.nhsidentity.nhs.uk/page/17889/news-and-updates/new-brand-guidelines-for-primary-eye-care-services

Quality in Optometry – Contract compliance and clinical governance

To help all optical professionals, the optical bodies have developed a toolkit which provides practical information on GOS contract compliance and clinical governance.

Freedom of Information Act

Model Publication Schemes

England, Wales and Northern Ireland

In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, every public authority, as defined in the Freedom of Information Act 2000, is required to have a publication scheme. A publication scheme sets out the public authority’s commitment to provide information to the public, to publish information, to make it possible for information to be easily identified and accessed, and to review and update that information regularly. For this purpose, optometrists and dispensing opticians in receipt of GOS payments are deemed to be public authorities.

The Information Commissioner has written a Publication Scheme which is the only approved scheme for opticians in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Optical Confederation have produced the "Model Publication Scheme September 2014", which complies with the approved scheme. Practitioners can download the document and personalise it by adding their own practice details in the areas written in blue.

All practices must have a publication scheme – by law.

Domiciliary providers may have to make further amendments to this document because of the different ways in which they practise. Making such amendments as are necessary should not be onerous.

More information

Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO)

Association of Optometrists (AOP)

Federation of Ophthalmic (and Dispensing) Opticians (FODO)

The Optical Confederation (OC)

 

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Dates for the diary

Berkshire LOC's AGM

Holiday Inn Reading, Wharfedale Rd, Winnersh Triangle, Winnersh, Reading RG41 5TS

AGM

2017-07-25 18:30:00 - 2017-07-25 21:00:00

Contact name: Ralph Higson

Contact email: locberkshire@gmail.com

Solihull LOC's AGM

St John's Hotel, 651 Warwick Rd, Solihull B91 1AT

AGM

2017-10-04 19:00:00 - 2017-10-04 21:00:00

Contact name: Cathy Pike

Contact email: solihull.loc@hotmail.co.uk

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