Key points from the North Yorkshire Local Optical Committee meeting
North Yorkshire Local Optical Committee
LOC Company update
The Telephone Assessment Service (TAS) continues on a rolling monthly contract for MECS in Harrogate, York and Scarborough. There has been a request for information (RFI) for MECS in these areas and the LOC Company would like to negotiate and procure it.
Primary Eyecare North Yorkshire and Humber Ltd (PENYH) now consist of two LOC’s rather than three; these being East Riding of Yorkshire and North Yorkshire. North and North East Lincs has signed a memorandum of understanding with Primary Eyecare Services (PES).
COVID-19 vaccines and PPE
Vaccines can be arranged through the AOP website for all optometrists working in contact with the public. There is no end date for this anymore.
There are no shortages or issues with PPE supply at present.
Delays in treatment
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there are long delays of over 52weeks for 24,000 patients awaiting cataract surgery in the NHS compared to 40 patients the previous year. Patients are therefore being offered more choice of NHS and private providers such as: SpaMedica, NewMedica and Optegra to get through the backlog. Some patients are choosing to decline treatment due to the COVID-19 risk. For those who are wishing for treatment however, the NHS in some cases is offering bilateral cataract surgery whereby all the instruments are changed between eyes.
The accounts show a reduction in the statutory levy due to loss of Optician opening hours during the pandemic and government lockdowns. The LOC Company paid back the rest of the loan which boosted the LOC income. Expenses included paying LOCSU, purchasing PPE and an online refresher course. The retained funds in the bank are very healthy.
Any other business
Darryl and Liz have given notice that they will be stepping down and leaving the LOC at the AGM. The CET day information will be passed to Lynda and Rebecca for continued planning.
There has been interest from a clinician working in the hospital sector who would like to join the LOC. This will be voted on by performers and contractors at the AGM.
The date of the 2021 AGM meeting is to be confirmed for around the end of May 2021.
Notice of Relocation: NHS England & Improvement – Primary Care Team (West Yorkshire & Harrogate)
I am writing to let you know that our Primary Care Team, which covers the West Yorkshire and Harrogate area, has now moved from Leeds City Office Park to Quarry House in Leeds.
Our new address, with immediate effect, is:
Primary Care Commissioning North East and Yorkshire
NHS England & NHS Improvement 6E05
You will still be able to contact members of the primary care team by email as you have done previously, however, please note that all land line numbers have been deactivated and replaced with mobile numbers. A full list of contact numbers can be found attached to this letter.
Our Primary Care Contracting email accounts remain the same, please continue to use these as they are monitored regularly throughout the day by members of the team. A list of the Optometry email accounts is listed herewith.
for any optometry GOS contract issues or queries