Two new directors appointed to LOCSU Board

30 May 2018
Source: ABDO

LOCSU welcomes the appointment of two new members to its Board of Directors.   Stephen McAndrew is replacing Paul Carroll as a FODO-nominated member of the LOCSU Board. In addition, following a publicised recruitment process, Emma Spofforth has joined the LOCSU Board as the LOC representative for the Midlands and East of England region. Stephen McAndrew is Director NHS Services at

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Ophthalmologist joins LOCSU team

23 March 2018

Appointment of redesign expert can help primary care optics reduce hospital backlogs and build closer ties with hospital eye departments. The recruitment of a new ophthalmology director with strategic expertise in health reform will benefit patients and the NHS, LOCSU Chief Operating Officer, Richard Whittington has claimed. Christiane Shrimpton has been appointed to a new role as Director of Ophthalmology

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 Optical Confederation and LOCSU response to Capita profit warning

31 January 2018
Source: Optical Confederation/LOCSU

          The Optical Confederation and LOCSU has said the Government and NHS England “must prepare to step in” if Capita continues to let down NHS primary care contractors. This follows Capita’s profit warning and share price drop on 31 January 2018. Optical Confederation Chair, Fiona Anderson said: “Our members have already been suffering for two years

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Optical Confederation calls on NHS England to take urgent action to address Capita failures

24 January 2018
Source: Optical Confederation

The Optical Confederation has today (Monday 22 January 2018) written to Simon Stevens,  Chief Executive of NHS England, calling for urgent action to address the ongoing failure of Capita to fulfil their contractual obligations. The letter highlights the “utter frustration, dissatisfaction and anger” at the continuing failure of the Primary Care Support England (PCSE) service delivered by Capita for NHS

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Optical practices should be high street health hubs

Cllr Jonathan McShane, Local Government Association and Katrina Venerus, Local Optical Committee Support Unit

3 October 2016
Source: The Optical Confederation

High street optical practices can deliver preventative health for patients, especially for those who do not often visit a GP, as highlighted by a new guide for local authorities, jointly produced by the Optical Confederation, Local Optical Committee Support Unit and the Local Government Association.

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