Post cataract scheme – Royal Berkshire Hospital Trust

19 November 2020

Post Cataract Scheme Launch

Early 2021 will see the launch of a post cataract scheme available to all patients in  East and West Berkshire who undergo uncomplicated cataract surgery at either the Royal Berkshire Hospital or King Edward VII Hospital.

The launch date will be confirmed as soon as it is received, but to be eligible to participate, there are plenty of things to get ready. In preparation please ensure you are ready with what’s needed:

  • QIO – including subcontractor to PES: documentation needed This includes the completion of the DSPT toolkit. Please see the onboarding preparation tutorial which provides guidance, or get in touch if you have any issues or questions relating to this.
  • WOPEC accreditation. Please request your code here if you need to complete this course
  • Opera IT

Opera IT Update

Opera Registration and Onboarding


The new Opera onboarding platform has been finalised on schedule, and we are now commencing onboarding practices onto the new system. A phased approach is being taken so you may not receive an invitation to onboard immediately; please wait to receive your invitation. We ask that you do not forward your registration invitation on to other practices as the invitations are personalised for each practice.
Once we have processed the majority of MECS practices, the next priority will be Practices that do not deliver MECS but do deliver Glaucoma and Pre and Post Cataract services. Finally, we will then invite the few Practices who deliver other services not already mentioned above.

We expect the majority of Practices to therefore be fully onboarded on to Opera by mid-December.


Onboarding Preparation

We want to take this opportunity to remind you of the documentation required to complete both Practice and Practitioner onboarding on to Opera. Please ensure you have all the documentation ready on a PDF format before commencing the registration process so you can easily upload and complete the application.

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Berkshire LOC Latest News

An exploration of community eyecare for children

Dear optometrists, RE: An exploration of community eyecare for children: identifying barriers and enablers using a grounded theory approach.     We would like to invite you to take part in a research study that is being conducted at City, University of London. It is up to you whether you would like to take part or …

24 November 2020

Glaucoma Masterclass Series – Session 2: Visual Fields

CET Event Please note this is not a Berkshire LOC event and there is currently no community based glaucoma pathway in our area.     

21 November 2020

Flashes & Floaters – A masterclass for optometrists Wed 2nd December 6pm

Join Paul Sullivan & Gordon Hay to understand the causes and management of symptomatic vitreous opacities with guidelines for referral. About this Event   Join us for a 45 minute lecture from one of the UK’s foremost Viteoretinal surgeons at the world renowned Moorfields eye hospital. Paul Sullivan has been a consultant ophthalmologist for 23 …

16 November 2020

SpaMedica – Eye hospital now open in Wokingham

  We’re delighted to announce that our new state-of-the-art hospital in Wokingham is now open, providing NHS Ophthalmology Services including Cataract Surgery and YAG Laser Capsulotomy. The hospital has now been inspected by CQC and approved to start offering Ophthalmology Services to NHS patients from immediate effect. We are now accepting referrals and our current waiting times for …

4 November 2020

Greenmaple takes over online PPE shop

In the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, LOCSU and Primary Eyecare undertook a joint initiative to help protect optical practice staff and patients, making PPE available for purchase by optical practices via an online shop Since August 2020, GOS contractors have been able to order free PPE from the NHS via an online …

1 November 2020

OFNC – FAQs for October 2020 NHSE letter

      OFNC GUIDANCE ON COVID-19 FUNDING FOR OPTICAL PRACTICES IN ENGLAND As set out in our statement of 26 October, this guidance provides more information about the COVID-19 funding arrangements set out in NHS England’s letter of 26 October (reference 001559). This OFNC guidance has been endorsed by the NHS England-Improvement optical commissioning …

28 October 2020

OFNC Statement – NHS England confirms COVID-19 funding for optical practices in England and updates standard operating procedure

    Since the end of June the OFNC has continued to negotiate hard with NHS England to secure ongoing COVID-19 funding for practices, which was initially set to end on 30 June. While negotiations continued, we agreed with NHS England that COVID-19 funding for practices in England would be extended to cover July and …

26 October 2020

SpaMedica – Cataract Post-op Accreditation & Live Webinar 4th November

SpaMedica would like to invite you to their accreditation evening at SpaMedica Wokingham and streaming live via webinar. You will receive one interactive CET point for attending.     SpaMedica is registered with the GOC as a CET provider and delegates receive one CET point for attending our SpaMedica Cataract Post-op Accreditation session. We are …

25 October 2020

PPE Portal – Register for your free supply

Dear Colleagues,   You should have recently received an email inviting you to register on the PPE portal so that you are able to order PPE free of charge, the email would have been from (please note this email address does not accept incoming emails):   Contractors are asked to check their mailboxes and …

7 October 2020


We issued an update on COVID-19 payments for GOS providers in England on 4 September, confirming that average GOS support would remain in place until the end of August. Since then, we have continued to negotiate with NHS England on further support for domiciliary providers, and for those fixed practices in deprived areas which rely …

6 October 2020

LOCSU Latest news

LOCSU launches #YourLOC campaign

Campaign aims to drive awareness of LOCs and the benefits of more optical practitioners getting involved

23 November 2020