LOCSU launches #YourLOC campaign
23 November 2020
LOCs represent the optical profession in England on all local general ophthalmic services matters and play a key role in the design, commissioning and delivery of primary eyecare services. LOCs are pivotal to delivering the NHS long term plan and there is real momentum around the opportunity to deliver a broader range of extended eye care services in primary care, through the NHS National Outpatient Transformation Programme.
LOCs around the country need the skills and experience of practitioners to maximise this opportunity. Any practitioner can get involved regardless of their role, and LOCs are keen to hear from Dispensing Opticians, Contact Lens Opticians and Optometrists as well as practice owners. There is a wide range of activities to get involved in, from commissioning negotiations to communications and no experience is necessary. Work is shared between LOC members and is flexible to fit around existing work commitments, with support on hand from LOC colleagues as well as from the LOCSU LOC Induction Programme.
The #YourLOC: Expanding Primary Eyecare campaign features Case Studies, Q&As and a podcast, explaining more about what LOCs do and the benefits of getting involved.
Richard Whittington, LOCSU CEO said “With the opportunities presented by the National Outpatient Transformation Programme, there has never been a better time for practitioners to get involved in their local LOC committees to help expand primary eye care services. Broader involvement will really benefit the sector, and LOC committee roles provide interesting career development opportunities for practitioners.”
Practitioners who are interested in getting involved should contact their local LOC. Contact details are available from optical practices or the LOC Online website which contains links to individual LOC sites. Alternatively, contact LOCSU directly on social media using #YourLOC or by emailing email@example.com