North and North East Lincolnshire LOC Latest News

UKHSA is investigating a novel cluster of Burkholderia cenocepacia

UKHSA is investigating a novel cluster of Burkholderia cenocepacia involving 20 cases across the UK. Of these cases, 12 (60%) are male, 18 (90%) are adults and two are paediatric patients (age range 6 weeks – 82 years, median 57 years). 14/20 (70%) were critical care inpatients. Two patients have cystic fibrosis (CF). Preliminary epidemiological …

23 November 2023

NHSBSA Provider Assurance Ophthalmic – email address changes

The NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) Provider Assurance Ophthalmic team administers GOS contract management, GOS 4 pre-authorisation for adults and Post Payment Verification for ICBs. The email addresses for ophthalmic providers to use for these services have changed. The new email addresses below are now to be used for the following areas: – For …

20 July 2023

AOP – The latest guidance on hydroxychloroquine retinopathy

(Please note that as of this date we do not have a local community monitoring service active in North & North East Lincolnshire LOC area so practitioners should refer patients that are not being monitored to their GP and ask them to arrange monitoring) Latest guidance from the AOP :   Patients are sometimes told …

1 February 2023

NHS Mail – use it or lose it

NHS MAIL IN ENGLAND – IMPORTANT REMINDER FROM THE INFORMATION AND IT COMMITTEE The optical sector’s Information and IT Committee would like to remind all holders of NHS mail accounts in England of the important changes to NHS mail. NHS Mail – use it or lose it NHS Digital has announced a change to the …

10 December 2022

Equipment Grant

The LOC held a meeting on 03/11/2022 to discuss the recent offer of £2000 per practice to go towards equipment for enhanced services. The committee discussed whether to stick strictly to the original offer or to give the grant unconditionally.    It was felt that, from a governance point of view, it would be simpler if the money …

28 November 2022

Free CPD for Dispensing Opticians

NHSBSA are running a CPD event for DOs. This interactive CPD qualifies within the GOC Leadership and Accountability domain and will give some guidance on how early recall codes should be applied on GOS sight tests in England. Below are details of the free CPD C-103956 from the NHSBSA. Non-Dispensing Opticians are welcome to attend but …

6 November 2022

Covid booster update – England

Dear LOC Colleagues Please note that the National Booking Service in England is now open to healthcare workers. This means that optical teams in England can start to book their vaccination: Book or manage a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination – NHS (

12 September 2022

Call for evidence on the Opticians Act and consultation on associated GOC policies

Dear LOC colleagues The UK optical bodies have finalised a summary document on the GOC’s call for evidence on the Opticians Act and consultation on associated GOC policies. It includes sector specific feedback on the eight sections in the GOC document. Please see attached. – UK optical bodies CfE Summary Document-FINAL

2 July 2022

Non-NHS Primary Care Practices and LOCs guidance

Background. Some LOCs are receiving enquiries regarding optical practices who have withdrawn or are considering withdrawing from the NHS General Ophthalmic Services (GOS) contract. Enquiries centre on two areas asking whether private-only practices can: i) Remain a member of, or be represented by, the LOC in their areas. ii) Make financial contributions to the LOC …

13 June 2022

Primary Eye Care Welcomes Fuller Stocktake Report

National optical representative bodies have welcomed the Fuller Stocktake report on integrating primary care in England…………..see link below for the full story Primary Eye Care Welcomes Fuller Stocktake Report

13 June 2022

LOCSU Latest News

New Standard Clinical Specification To Enhance Access to Minor and Urgent Eye Care Across England Released

A new standard clinical specification for community minor and urgent eye care has been published today.

23 February 2024

PCSE Online System Downtime

Due to maintenance, PCSE Online will be unavailable from 6pm until 7.45pm on Thursday 15 February.

14 February 2024

OFNC – First Meeting With New Primary Care Minister

 OFNC has recently had a meeting at DHSC with the new Minister for public health, start of life and primary care.

12 February 2024

PCSE Online System Downtime

We’re letting you know about scheduled maintenance taking place this evening.

9 February 2024

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