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


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