NOC 2018 Is A Pivotal Moment For Optics

22 October 2018

Countdown to NOC 2018 has begun with less than two months to go. LOCs are being warned to book early as there is limited overnight accommodation at the Warwickshire venue.

An LOC Chairs meeting will take place on Wednesday 14 November followed by a farewell gala dinner for outgoing Chairman Alan Tinger, after 10 years leading the organisation.

The Wednesday evening will also include a special event for first-time delegates. This will allow newcomers to meet the LOCSU team and discuss getting the best out of the conference workshop programme and networking opportunities.

NOC delegates can attend up to two of the five workshops which include LOC Governance and the new GDPR requirements, Effective Communications, LOC and PEC role skills, Pathway Redesign and Workforce Mobilisation.

A description of the workshops content can learn can be found along with details of the full NOC programme on the LOCSU website. Each LOC receives at least one free delegate place and LOCs are being urged to send a more than one delegate to the unmissable conference.

Announcing the programme for the 2018 NOC Richard Whittington said: “Change is the main theme of this year’s NOC. We will be welcoming our new non-executive Chairman, Mike Fegan, to the organisation at a pivotal moment for optics.

“Following a couple of years of serious thinking about health reform, we are beginning get an outline understanding of how Accountable Care Organisations (ACOs) will operate and a sense of how redesigned pathways will be delivered, contractually and operationally.

“This could have a significant impact on the formation of eye health services.”

The NOC will also include an update on the work to rationalise, consolidate and professionalise the Primary Eyecare Companies and include a report from the new national delivery arm, Primary Eyecare Services, as it looks to capitalise on the new commissioning landscape.

Bookings are now open via the AOP website for the event taking place at Chesford Grange, Kenilworth, Warwickshire from the 14-15 November.

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