Committee

Committee Officers

Chair:

Roisin Carruthers

I’m Roisin Carruthers, domiciled in North Hampshire now for twenty years. During this time I’ve worked for Boots Opticians based in Basingstoke as a resident optometrist, a pre reg assessor for the College of Optometrists and as a Lead assessor for WOPEC.

I’m very new to the post of Chair but have served on the LOC Committee since its reconfiguration.

I’m currently engaged in getting as many Hampshire Optometrists as possible accredited to perform extended services so that the CCG’s can commission these with confidence.

 

Vice Chair:

Steve Rowley

I am an Optometrist with 35 years experience in independent private practice. I am currently a partner in an independent optometry group with four practices on the Isle of Wight.

I have previously been on the Professional Executive Committee of the Island PCT until December 2006 and the LOC for the last twelve years.

I have worked in a Diabetic Screening Program within the hospital environment and in private practice and I believe that Optometry should be the natural provider of community eyecare provision.

I have decided to help achieve a more clinically focussed role for Optometrists by volunteering as a Director of the Hampshire and IOW Primary Eyecare Company, through which we hope to commission more eyecare schemes in the community on behalf of the NHS, to the mutual benefit of Optometry and patients.

I hope my many years’ experience will be valuable to both the Company and the LOC in achieving these aims.

 

Honorary Secretary:

Anne Gill

I am a Dispensing Optician with over 35 years’ experience. After working for the multiples for many years I opened my own independent practice in Portsmouth in January 2013.  I am thoroughly enjoying the challenges running your own business presents.  I joined the LOC in 2013 as I feel I can bring a different perspective to the committee and I hope my presence there will encourage more DO’s to consider attending our local LOC meetings.

 

Honorary Treasurer:

William Vance – Treasurer

 I have been an Optometrist for nearly 30 years. Since July 1991, I have been a Joint

Venture Partner with Specsavers Opticians, and I now work in Havant and in

Waterlooville. I was a founding member of Specsavers Professional Advancement

Committee and was on the training board for several years.

 

I have served actively on the LOC for 15 years and have been interested in Clinical

Governance. The future holds change for all who work with CCG’s and that brings

both threat and opportunity. I see the next few years as an exciting time for Community Optometry.

 

Committee Members

Nigel Gemmell

My name is Nigel Gemmell. I own an independent practice on the outskirts of the New Forest. I have been in optics since 1982, starting off as an Optical technician before becoming a Dispensing Optician in 1995 and then doing the Optometry degree at Aston in 1997. (Best three years of my life).

I am very passionate about our profession and joined the LOC to keep abreast of the ever increasing changes.

Outside of Optometry I am a very keen (although not very good) golfer.

Andrew Bridges

I have worked in Hampshire for twenty years in independent, multiple and now group practice in my current role as Director of Professional Services for Leightons Opticians . I was the second Optometrist to be accredited as Peer Review facilitator with a keen interest in clinical governance.

 

Priyanka Dilen Patel 

Having graduated from City University I continued my professional development and completed the professional certificate in Glaucoma. I am an independent optometrist and established my own practice in Tadley Hampshire in 2014. I assess for the Wopec OSCEs which allows me to meet many different Optometrists.

I am one of the youngest members of the Hampshire Local Optical Committee &  believe strongly in promoting Optometrists in community based schemes. The “PEARS and Glaucoma Refinement scheme” have shown this is achievable, ensuring we provide better services to our patients.

 

Paul Cogley 

Registered with the GOC in 1979, former owner of three practices, returning now to locum work. Supporter of enhanced services, but only when they are properly remunerated.

Patrick Allen

I am a Dispensing Optician, practice owner and have practised in Hampshire for over 20 years. I am new the LOC and looking forward to contributing for the Gosport and Fareham area.

David McCluskey

I am a recently qualified optometrist who is originally from Northern Ireland but studied at Cardiff, I moved to sunny Hampshire over two years ago and haven’t looked back since. Primarily, I work at Cameron-Davies Opticians but also work within a general Ophthalmology clinic at QA hospital which allows me experience a wide range of different eye conditions. I’m currently studying to become an Independent Prescriber in my spare time.

I’ve recently joined the committee and am trying to learn as much as I can from the experienced members around me and add my thoughts when possible.

 

Co-Opted Members

Catherine Szymanski

 

Primary Eyecare Hampshire Ltd – Directors

Steve Rowley

See above

Ronald Rabbetts

Formerly a member, and for a few years Honorary Secretary, of the Portsmouth and IOW LOC.  Resigned from the LOC around 2008 when it was combined to cover the whole of Hampshire.  Was in independent practice 1967 to 2009, and occasional part-time until 2014.  Now retired from clinical work.  I am strongly in favour of extending the scope of work provided it is adequately rewarded and  not misusing the GOS system.

 

Mike Fithyan


Whats New

Mon 20 March 17 | Gift of Sight Newletter & Lecture Invite
We have pleasure in attaching a copy of the latest Gift of Sight Newsletter, together with details of the next Gift of Sight Lecture, to be held at DoubleTree by Hilton, Southampton on the 26 April 2017, commencing at 6.30pm.  Details for booking are given in the attached flyer and on line bookings may be made through https://www.giftofsight.org.uk/events


Tue 14 March 17 | The Accessible Information Standard
In 2016NHS England  introduced the Accessible Information Standard which is a legal requirement for all providers of NHS and adult social care services in England which includes NHS GOS contractors. The purpose of the standard is to ensure that people who have communication needs because of a disability or sensory loss receive information in a suitable format, ideally of their choice. Since 01 April 2016 you should, as a matter or normal routine practice, be asking patients about their communication needs they may have and ensure that you record that information on their notes.  You need to have been following the standard in full since 31 July 2016. As part of the Accessible Information Standard you must do 5 things.  These are:
  1. Ask: as a matter of routine you must enquire if a new or returning patient has any information or communication support needs relating to a disability, sensory loss or other impairment.
  2. Record: clearly and consistently record those needs in the patient’s records.
  3. Alert/Flag: the record needs must be ‘highly visible’ – so that it can be seen and acted upon whenever the patient’s records is accessed.
  4. Share: you should include any information about a patient’s information and communication needs at referral, discharge and handover, following your existing data sharing processes.
  5. Act: make reasonable adjustments to ensure that people receive information in a format they can understand.
More information on the Accessible Information Standard  More information on the Accessible Information Standard can be found on the NHS England website www.england.nhs.uk/accessibleinfo Charities including Action on Hearing Loss, CHANGE, Sense and the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) also have information on their websites. The ‘Information Standards Notice’, which tells organisations how and why they must follow the standard, can be accessed via the Health and Social Care Information Centre website at www.hscic.gov.uk/isce/publication/scci1605  The Optical Confederation have also put together a couple of fact sheets that can be accessed by clicking the link http://www.opticalconfederation.org.uk/resources/guidance
Fri 17 February 17 | Ophthalmology Study Evening - Thursday 23 March 2017
Hampshire and IOW opticians (including dispensing opticians) are invited to an informative and highly interesting Ophthalmology Study Evening to be held at Winchester Guildhall on Thursday 23 March 2016 from 18:00 – 21:00 with Mr Alex Macleod, Consultant Ophthalmologist and Caroline Fisher from the Royal Hampshire County Hospital. Agenda  
6.15-6.30pm Attendees arrive and register  
18.30-19.00 Understanding  fields and OCT in glaucoma Alex MacLeod
19.00-19.30 Being a hospital -based optometrist Caroline Fisher
19:30 – 20:00 Buffet  
20:00 – 20:45 Stable glaucoma and shared care Alex Macleod
20:45 – 21:00 Discussion All
21:00 Finish  
The event is being sponsored by Allergan. This evening event is worth 1 CET point. If you wish to attend please reply by email to Alex.Macleod@hhft.nhs.uk  by Thursday 16 March 2017 providing the following information   Name: GOC No Practice: Location Email address for confirmation of place: Contact Telephone No: Dietary Requirements: e.g Gluten free, vegetarian

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