News and Secretary's Reports


Key points from the North Yorkshire Local Optical Committee meeting



LOC Company update

Bedford LOC approached Primary EyeCare North Yorkshire & Humber Ltd (The LOC Company) to help secure contracts for the Bedfordshire area. They were successful and the Bedford MECS contract began in August 2017.

Harrogate MECS continues and is currently over performing. Lisa Barker had a meeting with the CCG about this and speculated that with the new NICE IOP guidance that this will reduce the patient episodes being seen. A MECS service is expected to serve ~1% of the population but this can vary based on the patient demographic of the area.

East Riding of Yorkshire MECS continues and is doing well.

Scarborough continues to have the cataract referral refinement system like in North Yorkshire, but instead uses a point scoring method and has the Pharmoutcomes electronic system in place.

York and Scarborough have split off from the local STP area as they have the same Trust and are hoping to put a provider notice of intent to recommission MECS in January 2018 and possibly other services.

North and North East Lincs have a new post op cataract contract that has been negotiated with NewMedica; a private company owned by Specsavers which provides cataract surgery.


CPD day

The CPD day at York National Railway Museum on Tuesday 17th October 2017 was a success. The feedback was positive on the whole and ~90 people attended this year. Thanks are given to Liz Langton for arranging this.


National Optometric Conference

The main message was that CCGs have now been superseded by STPs (sustainable transformation plans) which will include Trusts and Councils to commission services in the areas. STPs together with Accountable Care Organisations will deliver the services.


The date of the next LOC meeting will be held on Tuesday 16th January 2018 at 7pm at The Crown Hotel, Boroughbridge.