Primary Eyecare Companies (PECs)

PECs were formed to act as the contracting vehicle between LOCs and NHS Commissioners to allow optical practices to provide eye health services locally.

From January 2020, please note that any material including policies and templates that references Primary Eyecare Companies/LOC Companies is designed for LOCSU-supported Primary Eyecare Companies only. LOCSU works with the following Primary Eyecare Companies:

  • Primary Eyecare Services (covering the majority of LOCs across England)
  • Primary Eyecare Cornwall & Isles of Scilly
  • Arden, Herefordshire & Worcestershire Primary Eyecare
  • Primary Eyecare Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich
  • Primary Eyecare East London & City
  • Primary Eyecare Kent & Medway
  • Primary Eyecare Wirral
  • Primary Eyecare North Yorkshire & Humber
  • Primary Eyecare Cambridgeshire
  • Primary Eyecare Devon

The large majority of LOCs fall under one of the Primary Eyecare Companies listed above. If you are unsure whether your LOC falls under one of the companies above, please contact your LOC officers.

While the LOC is responsible for commissioning discussions with NHS Commissioners for local services, the Primary Eyecare Company (PEC) is responsible for its contract delivery and administration. They act as the contracting vehicle of the LOC.

This provides accredited optical practices the ability to deliver a range of extended primary care eye health services and for NHS commissioners to establish these under a single contract.

To operate effectively, PECs require a range of specialist skills including a Board of Directors to oversee clinical, finance and operational responsibilities. In particular, the Clinical Governance and Performance Lead (CGPL) role is responsible for the day-to-day running of the delivery of local services, including activity and performance reports to both the LOC and the CCG.

LOCSU offers training modules and mentoring opportunities for LOC Officers looking to be involved with their Primary Eyecare Company. (You will need to login to the members area to access this training – at the bottom of the page.)