12 September 2021

Monday 20th September 2021
      Holiday Inn, Seaton Burn NE13 6BP
   Buffet Available
  • Introduction
  • Optometry First and National Ophthalmology Transformation Update – LOCSU
  • New Head of Optometry Newcastle Eye Centre – Ms Sonali Patel
  • Primary Eyecare Services Overview
  • Chair Report
  • Secretary Report
  • Treasurer Report
  • Proposals
  • Voting to join the Committee
  • Date of first LOC Meeting – to decide the Executive Roles
Cathie Burke RNIB ECLO Service Manager will present the CET –
” Low Vision Services in the North East , An ECLO Service Managers perspective”.
This is a review of the ECLO role and the services and support available to patients in practice today. This is particularly relevant as the presentation is during National Eye Health Week and Falls Prevention Week. Followed by interactive peer review cases.
4 CET points available, suitable for Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians.
Due to Covid restrictions, numbers are limited and we ask you to confirm your attendance, along with any dietary requirements by 16 September 2021 to
We also ask that you can provide a recent Lateral Flow Test result on the evening, if requested. Masks/face coverings are optional.
Looking forward to seeing you

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear LOC Latest News

Flu Vaccinations

The optical workforce are encouraged to have the Flu vaccine this year. Despite previous communications national NHS guidance says that Contractors are expected to pay for their staff. However please contact a local pharmacy to arrange the vaccinations and ask as there apparels to be some local variation to this rule, ensure all attending have …

3 September 2021

Post Cataract Patients

Currently there are no CCG commissioned Post Cataract Community Services within NTWLOC area. Any patient presenting to your practice following cataract surgery is presenting for a GOS/Private sight test only and not a post cataract review. Practitioners are therefore only required to complete the contractual obligations of a GOS sight test. Practitioners are not required …

19 July 2021

Keep NHS mail active

Contractors must log into their NHS mail to ensure their account remains active. Also check both FOCUSED and OTHER mail box to make sure your not missing anything!!

19 July 2021

No NHS Email, use Egress system to encrypt personal email address.

Please note the following clarification from the Business Services Authority, which has been issuing NHS.mail accounts for optom contractors on behalf of NHS England and NHS Digital. Please circulate to your members.  New NHS Mail Accounts  Both NHS England and NHSBSA are aware that some contractors and locum clinicians have been struggling to setup new …

19 July 2021

Contractors; vaccination status must be updated monthly if any changes

The HCW vaccination status is an URGENT return that is being asked nationally of all NHS healthcare providers, to support the Governments management of the vaccination roll-out programme. The return must be completed on a monthly basis; the first Friday of each calendar month. You only need to fill this in once, unless numbers change, …

19 July 2021

Lateral Flow Tests

NHSE have reminded us that the results of LFT should be uploaded once they are undertaken on to the central portal.

1 May 2021

Update Wet ARMD fast track forms 28.4.21

These are now available to download from the remarks section of the website. NB the forms for both SEI and RVI have been updated. Completed forms should be emailed via NHSemail to the relevant HES.

1 May 2021

Ophthalmology Transformation WILL bring change to Primary Care Optical Practice across NTW

There’s a lot of change envisaged and practices need to start understanding what this may mean for them. There will be an update from LOCSU at our AGM, Date TBC but aiming for end of June. We’d recommend trying to sort out any ongoing practice system issues resulting from the earlier changes to how we …

1 May 2021

Primary Care Optical Practice is a hugely undervalued aspect of eye health.

Primary Care Optical Practices have the skill set, workforce, clinical capability, equipment and, most importantly, the willingness to improve the eye health opportunity and eye health journey of our local communities. However, it needs to be recognised that Primary Care Optical Practices can no longer be expected to provide services under goodwill or through the …

4 March 2021

Post-Operative Cataract information

NTW LOC have also been made aware that some secondary care surgical providers are now conducting all post-operative care reviews via telephone consultation. Patients are presenting with post-operative forms from the surgical provider for completion by optometrists requesting information such as Vision and VA. The reporting of such information falls outside the requirements of GOS …

4 March 2021

LOCSU Latest news

Case Study: Implementation of a Postoperative-Cataract Service in Conjunction With Wakefield LOC

LOCSU has produced a case study looking at one of the first trusts to implement a Postoperative cataract service.

14 October 2021

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