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

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Mon 06 January 20 | Primary Care Networks - Feedback Required by Wednesday 15th January 2020
If you work in primary, community or social care, we want your feedback on the five national service specifications due to be delivered by #PrimaryCareNetworks from April. Share your views by 1pm on Wednesday 15 January. https://engage.england.nhs.uk/survey/primary-care-networks-service-specifications/


Fri 03 January 20 | Eye Care Survey for People with Learning Difficulties
An eye care survey for people with learning difficulties is now live  until 16 February 2020 Here the link to the survey https://bit.ly/wveyesurvey. Also attached is the Eye Care Survey Easy Read Low Res Optometrists are encouraged patients with learning difficulties and their carers to complete the survey.
Tue 24 December 19 | Hampshire LOC 3 Year Strategic Plan
Back in November the LOC Management Committee took time out to consider what the LOC stands for and operates with a  view to putting together a plan for the future in the face of an ever changing NHS and how we can best deliver services in this challenging environment. IMG_3874-2Attached is the Hampshire LOC Strategic Plan for 2019 -22 and we hope you find it of interest. If you have any thoughts we would welcome your feedback. Please email isilk@hampshireloc.org.uk and your comments will be passed to the committee. Hampshire LOC Strategic Plan 2019-22

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