Berkshire LOC Latest News

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

#LookingAfterYouToo: Coaching support for primary care staff

As we enter Autumn and approach Winter continuing to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic, the NHS has recognised that staff may be finding the situation hard to deal with and feeling overwhelmed.   The NHS wants to ensure staff feel supported to maintain psychological wellbeing and resilience during this time by having access to individually …

2 October 2020

Oriel – Get involved

Oriel is a partnership between Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, UCL and Moorfields Eye Charity. We need a new purpose-built centre to respond to the growing demand for eye health services. We are planning to relocate the services of Moorfields Eye Hospital and the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology from our current buildings in Islington …

30 September 2020

SpaMedica – New eye hospital to open in Wokingham

  We’re delighted to announce that we’re opening a new state-of-the-art hospital in Wokingham, providing the following NHS Ophthalmology Services – Cataract Surgery and YAG Laser Capsulotomy. The hospital will be opening in November 2020 and we are accepting referrals, as normal. Please be assured we have taken many steps within all our patient pathways, to ensure the utmost …

24 September 2020

PCSE issue resolved

The issue which users experienced yesterday whilst accessing PCSE Online has now been resolved, our technical experts will continue to monitor the situation throughout the day. We apologise for the inconvenience this has caused.      

19 September 2020

National Eye Health Week

This year’s National Eye Health Week (NEHW) will take place from 21 to 27 September 2020, promoting the importance of good eye health and the need for regular eye tests for all.

18 September 2020

Go live date for the new paper GOS forms

As many practices are in the middle of transitioning to the new online GOS claims system, to help make roll outs as smooth as possible, we’ve moved the date for the introduction of new paper forms to 1 November. This means the current paper forms remain in use until Saturday 31 October. You will receive a contingency pack of the new style paper forms in the next few weeks.  …

17 September 2020

OFNC statement – concerns over delays re Covid 19 funding information for practices

OFNC UPDATE: MOUNTING CONCERN OVER DELAYS IN COVID-19 FUNDING INFORMATION FOR OPTICAL PRACTICES IN ENGLAND The OFNC has kept the sector up to date while waiting for NHS England to publish its guidance on ongoing COVID-19 support for optical practices. To our increasing concern and dismay, NHS England is still to confirm its position over …

4 September 2020

NHS Mail and access to free PPE

NHS Mail Applications and access to free PPE for GOS Contractors. GOS contractors can now access Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) free of charge from the DHSC online PPE Portal. Please note that for purposes of validation, only GOS contracted practices with an NHS mail account can register to receive free PPE through this channel. NHS …

20 August 2020

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Case Study: Integrated primary care eye service improves patient experience in Morecambe Bay

Patient input was key to identifying areas for improvement

23 October 2020

Regional Forums gather momentum

LOCs and NHSE welcome collaborative approach

19 October 2020

LOC Induction Course extends use of remote learning technology

Live webinar complements new Thinkific training platform

6 October 2020

OFNC Update: Covid-19 Funding for Optical Practices in England

NHSE to confirm September support payments in forthcoming guidance

6 October 2020

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