News and Secretary's Reports


Key points from the North Yorkshire Local Optical Committee meeting


Co-opted Dispensing Optician members

Lynda Matthias and Ellie Mace, both Dispensing Optician managers from Specsavers, have been co-opted onto the LOC after expressing their interest in enhanced services.

LOC Company Update.

East Riding of Yorkshire MECS service continues and is doing well to keep patients in the community.

A business plan for a MECS service in Scarborough has been put forward that North Yorkshire LOC Company would manage with the use of the Pharmoutcomes I.T system.  The outcome of this should be known shortly.

Two business cases have been offered to York, however at the current time the LES scheme does continue.

The North Yorkshire LOC Company has offered remote support to Bedford LOC to aid securing enhanced service contracts.

Neighbouring areas.

There is discussion of an OHT monitoring system in the Tees area. This would be to monitor ~760 patients in community that have been discharged from hospital. It is to be decided who will commission this service.

CET day.

The next CET day will be at York National Railway Museum on Tuesday 17th October 2017. An attendance fee of £50 will apply. The CET day programme is present on this website along with the application form for attending. This should be completed and emailed or posted to back to Liz Langton.

Peer review, based on prescribing for hypermetropic children, is being arranged by Liz with York Ophthalmologist Bob Taylor. It is likely to be held at the Postgraduate Centre of York hospital following its renovation in early 2018.

Additional Information.

A £100 donation was made by the LOC to the charity UK Sepsis Trust on behalf of Chris Turner, an Optician who worked at Boots Opticians in Selby, who sadly passed away earlier this year.

There is a job vacancy for an Optometrist interested in working in the diabetic screening van part time 2days per week based at Scarborough hospital.

The National OCT Conference is to be held on 19th/20th November 2017 at London Hilton, Paddington.

The National Optometric Conference (NOC) is taking place at Chelmsford Grange, Warwickshire on Thursday 9th November 2017.

The CET grant for last year can now be claimed and can be emailed instead of only by post.

The date of the next LOC meeting will be held on Tuesday 14th November 2017 at 7pm at The Crown Hotel, Boroughbridge.