News and Secretary's Reports


Key points from the North Yorkshire Local Optical Committee meeting and AGM 


Election of Officers

Chair- Darryl Taylor, Vice Chair- Rebecca Stoner, Secretary- Sarah Ashworth, Treasurer- Philip Angel 


Secretary’s Report

Since the LOC constitution was published by LOCSU last year, the LOC elected new committee members and have co-opted two dispensing opticians onto the LOC. 

As you may know, The LOC Company, named Primary Eyecare North Yorkshire and Humber Ltd, began in 2013 and was supported financially by North Yorkshire, East Riding of Yorkshire and North and North East Lincs LOCs to see if this company could be viable.

Since then, the LOC Company has flourished and the following enhanced services have been set up and are running successfully:

Harrogate has MECS and cataract referral refinement.

Scarborough and York has the direct cataract referral refinement scheme. The LOC Company is in discussion with the CCGs regarding a MECS service.

A contract for North and North East Lincs regarding a post op cataract service with NewMedica has been finalised.

East Riding of Yorkshire and more recently Bedfordshire also have successful MECS running.

Regarding referrals, please note the new NICE guidelines for referring cataract, ocular hypertension/suspect Glaucoma and AMD patients. These can all be found in more detail on

Patient choice is important when referring a patient for surgery; discuss both NHS and private treatment options available. 

The LOC is arranging a CET event for October 2018, three months before this CET cycle ends. Details will be shared on the North Yorkshire LOC website- book early to guarantee your place.


LOC Company Update

A meeting was held between three LOCSU directors, the LOC Chairs involved in the LOC Company and committee members were invited. LOCSU expressed that the LOC Company is ran in an unusual way, due to the setup funds, but these are likely to be paid back soon so it was deemed acceptable. The LOCs felt the issue may have been with the IT system that is used- Pharmoutcomes instead of Optomanager as this was implied in the letter sent from Alan Tinger to the Chairs prior to the meeting. However, at the meeting this was denied by LOCSU as being a problem so there is no issue that it is used. After the meeting, all had been resolved. 

The LOC Company circulates the directors meeting minutes to the LOC Chairs following the meetings for transparency.

The LOCs continue to support the LOC Company, but no further financial aid has been requested by the LOC Company. The LOC Company is becoming self-supporting and will shortly be able to repay some of the start-up funds.


Treasurer’s Report

The LOC have supported the LOC Company financially in recent years, but due to its success it has required less funding this year; therefore a net gain is shown in the LOC accounts. 

Due to contributions from DOCET, exhibitors and attendance fees the final cost to the LOC for the 2017 CET day was under £6000. 


LOCSU Update

The NHS IG toolkit is being replaced by a data security and protection toolkit. Completion of this will be required by 31/03/2019 by all of the following: the PEC Company, if you are a sub-contractor to your company and any practice holding a contract directly with the CCG. LOCSU are developing training resources for practice staff to help with this.

The new General Data Protection Regulation will take effect from 25/05/2018. This will replace the UK Data Protection Act. The new regulation will require demonstration of data security with evidence of the processes taken.

Alan Tinger will be stepping down as LOCSU Chair and an Ophthalmology Clinical Lead, Christiane Shrimpton, has been appointed.

The NHS is changing and we hope to see more integration. Integrating Care Systems (formerly STPs) means NHS organisations may come together on a good will basis to meet the needs of the local population by designing health services together.

Procurement of contracts is changing based on the risk of small companies taking on contracts. This is the reason for PEC companies consolidating together to be larger, more credible and have more turnover in an effort to win bids.

Zoe Richmond requested that an optometrist practising in the Hambleton and Richmond area who has an interest in children’s eye care contact her or Darryl (LOC Chair) if they would like to support with engaging the CCGs in a children’s service development meeting.


Next LOC meeting

The next LOC meeting will take place on Tuesday 3rd July 2018 at 7pm at the Crown Hotel, Boroughbridge.