Hampshire LOC AGM – 05 June 2019

Notification of Annual General Meeting
05 June 2019

To all local Contractors and Performers in the Hampshire LOC area:

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Hampshire LOC will be held on Wednesday 05 June 2019

At

 

Novotel Southampton

1 West Quay Road

Southampton

SO15 1RA

 

 

Registration for the event will commence at 18:00hrs.

Prior to the AGM starting there will be a talk by our guest speaker Professor Pete Coffey, Director of the London Project. Key achievements.

The Agenda for the evening, Chair’s Report and the Committee Nomination form, are available via the following links:

 

AGM Agenda 2019

Committee Nomination Paper

Chair’s Report

We hope that as many of you as possible will attend the meeting to hear all about the LOC’s activities in the past year and proposals for the coming year.

This year, all but two posts on the Management Committee are up for election (Six Contractor representatives & four Performer representatives) so if you wish to be nominated for a position on the Committee; you should complete the Nomination paper and return to me by Monday 13th May 2019.

Please confirm your intention to attend including GOC Number and any dietary requirements or, request a proxy or postal vote by emailing isilk@hampshireloc.org.uk  by Monday, 13 May 2019.
Further details together with committee nominations and postal voting or proxy paper (for those of you unable to attend) will be sent out on or about 15 May 2019.

Ian Silk – Hampshire LOC Business Manager

 

 

Optometry is changing at its fastest ever rate and our profession is in need of change in response to the disruptive technology all around us in the digital age. The way you work in the future will be shaped by these technologies. There are both opportunities and threats posed by these changes.

The LOC represents all practitioners in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight whether they  work in the corporate or independent sectors. It negotiates for enhanced services with the local NHS and is also engaged with our national representatives at LOCSU to further the aims of the profession.

Make no mistake! Change will occur with or without our input.

The LOC needs to be revitalised with young enthusiastic practitioners whose futures will be affected by these changes.  No experience is necessary except for your understanding of the situation.

Please put yourself , or a colleague forward for election at this year’s AGM in June . We will help you to settle in with an LOC” buddy “who can explain any unfamiliar terms or NHS working methods.

Give something back to your profession and help us to be better in the future. After all it is you who will ultimately have to live and work with these changes.

Please view the following short video to see what you get out of being involved with the LOC

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What’s New?

Wed 13 November 19 | All Contractors Portsmouth, SE Hants and Fareham & Gosport CCGs Tuesday 12th November 2019
Following our Letter to Contractors, dated 4th September 2019, we have been contacted by a number of contractors who are concerned that they are still being sent patients from St Mary’s Treatment Centre. These patients have not been seen for their post-operative care, and contractors are being expected to provide this under GOS. As per our letter, we advise contractors not to see such patients under GOS, and to refer these patients back to St Mary’s Treatment Centre. A meeting between Hampshire LOC, the CCG and St Mary’s Treatment Centre will be taking place at the end of this month. We will update all contractors following this meeting at the appropriate time. Sean Matthews Chair – Hampshire LOC


Tue 29 October 19 | LOCSU Newsletter October 2019
Here is a link to the latest LOCSU newsletter 
Tue 29 October 19 | Online Ophthalmic Payment Service Starts 28 October 2019
Message from PCSE National roll out I’m pleased to tell you that the national roll out of the online Ophthalmic Payment service starts today. The team made the final technical preparations over the weekend and the service has now successfully gone live. This means that all users of the PCSE Online service can now submit GOS 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 forms online. The full service, which launched today, has also incorporated feedback from our Early Adopter users, to deliver even better functionality. This includes the auto population of claim values in GOS3 vouchers based on prescription entered, which will greatly improve the accuracy of claims. We will also be introducing some additional enhancements over the coming weeks, as a result of early adopter feedback including:
  • extending the time out on the signature capture on GOS claims
  • allowing a Performer to create a GOS3 once they have signed the declaration on a GOS1, which improves the workflow as they don’t need to wait until the GOS 1 has been submitted.
We expect to have these upgrades deployed by mid-November. Updated User Guides will also be available for all GOS forms soon. These will include step by step instructions on submitting GOS4s, PVNs and GOS6s, and updated information on GOS1, GOS3 and GOS5. You can find out more via our website - https://pcse.england.nhs.uk/services/ophthalmic-payments/. If you have any questions, please do get in touch with the team via pcse.optomengagement@nhs.net. Best wishes Kirsty Adlem Ophthalmic Engagement Manager Communications & Engagement Team

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Business Manager: Ian Silk (07808) 658143 | Postal Address: c/o 5 Lily Walk, Durrington, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP4 8ND