NHS Reform is the key theme for NOC this week

11 November 2019

Ahead of NOC 2019, organisers are looking forward to strong participation from delegates, at a crucial time for the NHS and the optical sector in light of NHS reforms.


The conference will kick off at 5pm this Wednesday 13 November and the first event is “Meet the LOCSU team” which is a perfect opportunity to meet the HQ team and our Optical Leads. Also, don’t miss the PCSE ophthalmic payments hands-on session also taking place at this time.

Next up is the Central Optical Fund AGM followed by an informal dinner. The dinner will end with a short welcome from Richard Whittington, LOCSU COO, and presentation of certificates to the graduates of the 2019 Leadership Skills Programme prior to the evening disco.

Thursday 14 November sees a packed agenda including senior NHS speakers Matt Neligan, Professor James Kingsland OBE and Richard EverittMatt Neligan and Professor Kingsland will be participating in a live panel discussion on stage, along with Carol Rees of NHS England and Zoe Richmond, LOCSU Interim Clinical Director, at which NHS Reform is expected to be a key theme.

Over lunch and during breaks, delegates are encouraged to visit the exhibitors including LOCSU’s own stand where you can chat to the team, view copies of the current pathways and submit expressions of interest for the 2020 Leadership Skills programme.

Pre- and post-lunch, the delegates will be divided into smaller Facilitated Discussion groups which are a key opportunity for LOCs to influence how the sector should respond to NHS Reform. We encourage delegates to engage as fully as possible, exploring questions such as “How will LOCs engage with Primary Care Networks in order to influence commissioning intentions?” and “Clinical Pathway Development – What opportunities and ideas are there for us to deliver different and/or broader services to our patients?”

“We’re really looking forward to this year’s NOC and we are delighted that the attendance is so strong. We are hoping for strong participation from delegates during the entire event so we’re encouraging delegates to submit questions for the live panel discussion and to get involved on Twitter using #NOC19. In the facilitated discussions, LOCSU is seeking everyone’s opinions and ideas, regardless of how long people have been involved with their LOC. We’re really looking forward to the event” says Richard Whittington, LOCSU COO.

For the full agenda click here.

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