Committee

Committee Officers

Chair: Sean Matthews

 Sean Matthews

I completed my undergraduate degree at The University of Manchester, and my pre-registration year at Specsavers in Hove. Since moving to Hampshire in 2015 I have worked at Leightons in Chandlers Ford and have recently moved to Specsavers in Lymington. I have attended LOC meetings during my time here, and have recently become a committee member and was elected Chair of the committee in 2019. I look forward to contributing to the committee’s work over the next few years, and representing local optometrists and dispensing opticians.

 

Vice Chair: 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 

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 I have been an Optometrist for over 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 over 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.

Honorary Secretary:

This post remains open as Hampshire LOC retains the services of a Business Manager (Ian Silk)

 

Clinical Lead: Anthea Reid

This is a new role created in light of the growing requirements to act as an intermediary for clinical queries and observations resulting from increased activity with CCGS and  the PEC . This role does not replace the responsibilities of the CGPL employed by the PEC and is aimed at queries and concerns raised around referral processes and NHS GOS. The post holder may be asked to support LOC discussions with CCGs and other commissioners regarding new additional services contracts.

 

Business Manager: Ian Silk

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Following thirteen years managing the Probity team at the HIOW PPSA and responsible for visiting NHS GOS contractors and conducting PPV visits together with my background in administration and service development led me to take up the role of Business Manager to Hampshire LOC in December 2014.

I support the LOC with all its functions from CET to management committee meetings. I also liaise with Clinical Commissioning Groups, NHS England, Hospital Eye Services (HES), Primary Care Support England (Capita), LOC Support Unit (LOCSU) , Primary Eyecare Services Ltd & other stakeholders. Attend meetings where necessary as LOC representative, together with committee members.

 

Committee Members

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 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.

 

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.

 

Gina Graham

 

Denise Connor

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My first taste of the optical business was 27 years ago as a teenager working for Specsavers. After a career in scientific/medical journal publishing, I was drawn back to the profession with the desire to provide professional and ethical eyecare for all. I have been a fully qualified Optometrist since 2007 and working for Boots Opticians in Hampshire since 2011. I have worked in both high street and domiciliary practice and have recently been appointed to the GOC Fitness to Practice Hearings Panel.

 

I look forward to working in the LOC to secure the best clinical opportunities for Optometrists, DOs and CLOs in Hampshire.

Adam Knizat

 

 Vacancies – 3 Contractor Representatives (If you are interested in joining the committee please email the Business Manager isilk@hampshireloc.org.uk ).

 

Co-opted Members

 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 plus.

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.

 

 

Bryony Allen

 

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What’s New?

Tue 06 August 19 | 2019 AGM Papers
Following on from the AGM held on 05 June 2019 the papers in relation to the event are below. Annual Report Hampshire LOC Accounts18_19 Southampton MECS Report LOCSU Update AGM Minutes


Mon 22 July 19 | Low Value Medications
Over the last 2 years NHS England having been undertaking consultations on medicines that are commonly prescribed and either have little clinical evidence to support their use or might be available Over The Counter( OTC) at chemists without prescription. This has resulted in the publication of national guidance as linked here https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/items-which-should-not-be-routinely-precscribed-in-pc-ccg-guidance.pdf https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/otc-guidance-for-ccgs.pdf Of particular relevance to opticians and optometrists is the advice that lutein and antioxidants ( eg vitamins A C E and zinc should not be prescribed for age related macular degeneration ( ARMD) as there is insufficient evidence to support this and that if patients want to use these or continue to use them then they should purchase them themselves. In addition both conjunctivitis and dry /sore eyes are considered suitable for patients to purchase OTC treatments themselves rather than ask for them to be prescribed by a doctor. This guidance also applies if you are entitled to free prescriptions. For full details see the source documents. A leaflet is also available for patients - OTC Meds leaflet
Tue 11 June 19 | Additional Services Contracts in Hampshire - PEC Services Registration
If your practice does not currently subcontract with PEC Services and would like your practice to be involved;  please read attached information with regards to how to get involved and the compliance which is required; if you wish to participate complete the Registration form via this link  http://bit.ly/opto-reg-portal Currently this will mostly affect practices in Southampton City CCG, West Hants CCG and North Hants CCG areas of operation.

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