Local Eye Health Networks (LEHNs)

LEHNs are multi-professional, pan-sector health bodies that offer LOCs the opportunity to raise the profile of eye health on the local health agenda.

NHS England has established local professional networks for pharmacy, dental and eye health.

Their regional teams have a Local Eye Health Network (LEHN) to facilitate clinical input and leadership in service improvement and commissioning at local level.

Every LEHN has a Clinical Chair and there are opportunities for optometrists, dispensing opticians and other eye health professionals to get involved with the LEHN in the development of local services and other discreet pieces of work via the LOC.

LOCSU and the Optical Confederation has advised that, to be most effective, LEHNs should be multi-professional and pan-sector including HES, CCG, HWB, Healthwatch and voluntary sector colleagues.

Key local contacts for LEHNs (Nov 2018)

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

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