NHS England has established local professional networks for pharmacy, dental and optics.
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)