News and Secretary's Reports

The AGM will be held on Tuesday April 4th 2017 at The Crown Hotel Boroughbridge, a buffet will be provided at 6:30pm the meeting will begin at 7:00pm.

All North Yorkshire practitioners are welcome, please email Sarah Ashworth our Secretary to book your place.


Secretary's Reports from recent 2017 LOC meetings


Key points from the North Yorkshire Local Optical Committee meeting




LOC Company update


East Riding of Yorkshire MECS is to continue to be commissioned for the next 2 years.


Harrogate has commissioned MECS for 3 years with the introduction of the Pharmoutcomes I.T system from 01/02/17.


The Sustainability and Transformation Project (STP) brings together 8 CCGs in our local area, known as a STP footprint. This project aims to reduce costs to CCGs by promoting joint commissioning of multiple CCGs for the same services to benefit from economy of scale. This also reduces boundary issues of enhanced services.


The 8 CCGs involved are: York, Scarborough, Harrogate, Hambleton Richmondshire & Whitby, Hull, North Lincs, North East Lincs and East Riding of Yorkshire. They will be holding a meeting on 02/03/17 to discuss commissioning of enhanced services for the whole STP footprint.




The South Tees Optical Referral Project is a non- commissioned service which a South Tees neurologist would like to promote. There will be a meeting in March 2017 for GPs and Optometrists in Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby with the aim to provide awareness of how to detect and refer pituitary tumours.


CPD day


The next CPD day will be at York National Railway Museum on Tuesday 17th October 2017. The agenda and price are to be confirmed at a later date.




As Philip Angel and Robert Clarkson are retiring, they will no longer be performers or contractors so will be stepping down from being LOC committee members. Philip has shown interest in continuing to provide support to the LOC as a co-opted member.


There are 3 available positions on the LOC committee. Those performers or contractors who would like to be considered- please contact the secretary on and attend the AGM to be elected. We would also like to give the opportunity for a dispensing optician to be a co-opted member.


There will be a buffet at 6.30pm for a 7pm start of the AGM on Tuesday 4th April 2017 at the Crown Hotel, Boroughbridge. The LOC meeting will follow this.