News and Secretary's Reports


Key points from the North Yorkshire Local Optical Committee meeting 


LOC Company (PENYH) Update 


Those involved in PENYH now are: David Brett-Williams, Robert Higson, Alison Betts and newly appointed Sarah Smith who will start in the next few months due to upcoming commitments.

Majority of the enhanced service contracts have been rolled over for another year.

North and North East Lincs have put out an AQP (Any qualified provider) for an Ophthalmology led service. PENYH could aim to become a possible sub-contractor for the MECs part of this service to triage these patients out of the hospital. There may also be a stable glaucoma service with this. 

NewMedica and SpaMedica are gaining momentum with their quick turnaround of patients.

PENYH will continue to pay back the loans from the LOCs.


MECS in York and Scarborough

Healthcare Business Solutions (HBS) successfully won the York/ Scarborough MECS contract and the service began on 01/12/18.

Due to difficulties using the IT software, Optometrists have been creating the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) on the MECS software and inputting limited clinical data to generate the claim; whilst keeping their own records full and comprehensive.

Lisa Barker shared concerns for Optometrist’s reputation if they claim a GOS test and MECS fee at the same time as HBS have authorised so far. This may be seen as double-dipping which is not allowed and GOS could claim these fees back. Lisa advised that if a patient comes in for an appointment with new symptoms that can be seen on MECS, their symptoms should be treated and a MECS fee claimed by those who are accredited. This patient should then have their GOS full sight when they are due/ when symptoms have settled on a different day. 

Darryl will write to the AOP for legal advice and more clarification on this.


CPD day

The CPD day has been booked for Tuesday 15thOctober 2019 at York National Railway Museum. Invites will be published on this LOC website later in the year.


Next LOC meeting

The AGM will be held on Tuesday 16thApril 2019 at the Crown Hotel, Boroughbridge. A 6.30pm buffet for 7pm start and then the LOC meeting will follow afterwards.