Commissioning

LOCSU works with LOCs and local commissioners to develop local eye health services which are more accessible for patients and cost-effective for the NHS.

In this section

LOCSU Service Directory

LOCSU’s directory of local eye care services as commissioned by CCGs in England and delivered by community optometrists and opticians.

NHS Commissioning

LOCSU works with LOCs and local NHS Commissioners to develop local eye health services which are more accessible for patients and cost effective for the NHS.

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?

Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in England are responsible for commissioning the majority of local health services including extended primary care services provided by community optical practices via Primary Eyecare Companies.

NHS England is responsible for commissioning all primary care, including General Ophthalmic Services (GOS).