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LOC Support Unit. Georgina Gordon Head of Unit. Outline. Background LOC Support Unit (LOCSU) activity Enhanced Services Project Commissioning work LOCSU benefits. LOCSU Background. Formed by the Optical Bodies (ABDO/AOP/ FODO) to:

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Loc support unit

LOC Support Unit

Georgina Gordon

Head of Unit



  • Background

  • LOC Support Unit (LOCSU) activity

  • Enhanced Services Project

  • Commissioning work

  • LOCSU benefits

Locsu background

LOCSU Background

  • Formed by the Optical Bodies (ABDO/AOP/ FODO) to:

    • provide support services to Local Optical Committees (LOCs)

    • meet the challenges of local contracting for enhanced services

    • act as focal point for communication across and between LOCs

Locsu background1

Previously the only LOC support available was via the Central Fund:-

2% levy from a small number of practices

LOCSU was established to provide comprehensive LOC support:-

0.5% levy on the statutory level collected from all practices

LOCSU Background

Opportunities and threats

Opportunities and Threats

  • Others will want part of the sight test / spectacles / contact lens / enhanced services market

If not optometrists...

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Opportunities and Threats

Locsu activity

LOCSU Activity

  • Training

    • NOC

    • PBC Workshop

  • Evidence

    • Epidemiological Model

  • Communication

    • newsletters

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LOCSU Activity

  • Enhanced services development

    • Clinical advisory group

    • IT project group

  • Generic advice

    • advice leaflets

Locsu activity2

LOCSU Activity

  • LOC visits

  • Bespoke advice

  • Commissioning support

  • Setting up Primary Eyecare Limited

Enhanced services vision

Enhanced Services Vision

  • Enhanced optometric services provided by the LOC, with IT, governance and service management provided by LOCSU

  • Primary Eyecare Limited will act as a company from which PCTs can commission enhanced services

Enhanced services package

Enhanced Services Package

  • Local enhanced services

    • Cataract referral and post op

    • PEARS

    • Glaucoma referral refinement

  • Common protocols

  • Common accreditation

Universal pathways

Universal Pathways


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LOCSU Business Plan 09/10

LOCSU provides the interface between the national representative bodies and LOCs/ROCs.

In 2009/10 LOCSU will fulfil this function through five interrelated programmes supporting LOCs in:

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LOCSU Business Plan 09/10

  • Uniting the optical sector at local level

  • Speaking with a national voice at local level

  • Expanding eye care services in the community

  • Providing excellence in representing eye care locally

  • Making efficient use of resources for maximum benefit

Uniting the optical sector

Uniting the Optical Sector

  • Respond to LOC requests and queries within 24 working hours

  • Produce four ‘best practice’ bulletins

  • Carry out and feedback regular surveys

  • Manage the National Optometric Conference

  • Establish an affiliates programme

  • Improve the LOCSU website

  • Provide additional regional-level support

Speaking with one voice at a national level

Speaking with One Voice at a National Level

  • Produce confidential ‘hot briefs’

  • Issue briefings on national opportunities to be seized

  • Provide timely briefings on major consultations with suggested responses

  • Provide LOCs/ROCs with ‘core presentations’ for promotional purposes

Expanding eye care service in the community

Expanding Eye Care Service in the Community

  • Alert LOCs/ROCs to all local tendering opportunities

  • Provide regular intelligence reports

  • Establish accessible national baseline of enhanced services

  • Agree targets for further expansion if LOCs/ROCs wish

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Expanding Eye Care Service in the Community

  • Provide hands-on support to LOCs/ROCs in developing tender documents, contracts and winning services

  • Upgrade the National Eye Health Epidemiological Model (NEHEM)

  • Agree national model contract for enhanced services with NHS Primary Care Contracting

  • Roll out the Enhanced Services Project for 2010

Excellence in local representation

Excellence in Local Representation

  • Provide regular induction training for all new LOC/ROC Chairs and members

  • Provide regular training courses on basic negotiating skills and tactics

  • Support LOCs/ROCs in local lobbying as part of the UK Vision Strategy

  • Support LOCs/ROCs with advice on lobbying local councils’ overview and scrutiny committees

  • Provide bespoke support to LOCs/ROCs struggling with benchmarks

Locsu management

LOCSU Management

  • Manage LOC/ROC contributions effectively on behalf of the sector

  • Produce a costed business plan and annual report

  • Ensure cost-effective levy collection to minimise costs

  • Actively seek efficiencies and cost reductions



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