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Clinical Pathways

A large part of LOCSU’s role is to support Local Optical Committees (LOCs) to develop and deliver extended primary eye care services, outside of the central GOS contract for sight testing.

LOCSU develops clinical pathways for treating eye conditions, which LOCs can use as a basis for negotiating local extended primary eye care services with NHS commissioners. Our Optical Leads then support LOCs during the negotiation and delivery of these broader services including Cataract, Glaucoma and Low Vision services amongst others.

Our clinical pathways include:

  • Adult Low Vision
  • Children’s Vision (Paediatrics)
  • Covid-19 Urgent Eyecare Service (CUES)
  • Glaucoma Referral Filtering and Monitoring
  • Healthy Living Optical Practice (HLOP) Framework
  • Integrated Cataract (pre/post-operative)
  • Maculopathy Referral Filtering and Monitoring
  • Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS)
  • Medical Retina Monitoring (Hydroxychloroquine)
  • People with Learning Disabilities

LOCs can access pathway details and supporting documents by logging into the Members Area.

NHS Commissioners can access these documents by contacting their Local Optical Committee who can provide you with the required information.

Systems and Assurance Framework for Eye Health (SAFE)

LOCSU is an active member of the Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning (CCEHC) and has supported the development of the Systems and Assurance Framework for Eye Health (SAFE).

SAFE describes what a good eye health and care service system looks like and what is expected of it to meet population eye health needs. LOCSU’s pathways and clinical management guidelines populate the primary eye care sections of SAFE and support the delivery of SAFE in optical practice. A SAFE service system is commissioned to deliver a whole pathway of care providing a range and continuum of services that are based on risk stratification of a patient’s condition and the competencies of the professionals providing care.

Click here to access the SAFE Framework which provides tools to help commissioners in developing a more strategic and consistent approach to planning and delivering services.