News and Secretary's Reports


Key points from the North Yorkshire Local Optical Committee meeting 


North Yorkshire Local Optical Committee


LOC Company (PENYH) Update 

The Harrogate enhanced service contract has been successfully renewed. Other contracts are coming up for renewal also. A post cataract operation enhanced service is being considered for North and North East Lincs.


Once a confirmed date for the next CET day at the National Railway Museum is set, it will be published on the LOC website.

The GOC have confirmed that CET therapeutics points and optometrist points cannot be gained in the same registrant led peer review anymore. Liz Langton is therefore running a CET peer review for only therapeutics points on 1st April 2020 at York hospital on the evening after work.

GIRFT Ophthalmology & Eye Health Transformation. West Yorkshire and Harrogate AMD project.

A ‘Get It Right First Time’ AMD pathway for West Yorkshire and Harrogate aims to reduce the number of false positives being referred in to the HES, and those who have been referred to receive the same treatment plan.  Timescale and method of referral into the HES are specified. This will allow referrals to be received by the HES via email quickly so that treatment can begin promptly. It is hoped this pilot will be extended nationally in the future by NHS England.

GOS Assurance Cycle- Level 1 QIO

All contractors are to complete the Quality in Optometry Level 1 as a requirement by a specified date. A small percentage (5%) of all practices will be selected as a random sample by NHS England to be visited as well as any outliers from their declaration.


Some Opticians have been underpaid by HBS compared to their invoices for the MECS appointments they have carried out.  HBS have commented that this was due to patients not attending a pharmacy first or timescales for appointments not being met. It is difficult as the timescale starts when the referral is sent, not when it is received and seen by the store. Some patients may not be able to attend appointments in these recommended timescales either.

Wilberforce Trust Optometrist vacancy

Samantha Scholey, the Head of Operations at the Wilberforce Trust, has asked if any Optometrists would like to give their time to provide low vision services to the local community. The fee would be at a reduced cost as they are a charity. If you are interested, please email the LOC secretary who will pass on your details.

Next LOC meeting

The date of the next LOC  meeting will be held on Tuesday  21st April 2020 at The Crown Hotel, Boroughbridge, buffet at 6.30pm for 7pm start of the AGM meeting. Please contact the LOC secretary via emai in advance if you would like to attend the AGM. The LOC meeting will follow on afterwards for committee members.




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
Quarry House
Quarry Hill


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

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