OFNC: COVID-19 – NHS guidance for optical practices in England

The Optometric Fees Negotiating Committee (OFNC) logo

2 April 2020
Source: OFNC

NHS England has belatedly announced immediate changes to the delivery and operation of primary eye care services in England. The announcement includes details of support payments for practices which continue to provide essential care for patients during the COVID-19 crisis. These practices will be expected to follow guidance from the General Optical Council and the optical sector bodies on how

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OFNC: COVID-19 – Support for GOS Contractors in England

The Optometric Fees Negotiating Committee (OFNC) logo

20 March 2020
Source: OFNC

The Optometric Fees Negotiating Committee (OFNC) and its members (ABDO, AOP, BMA and FODO) are working closely with NHS England on supporting GOS contractors in England through the coronavirus crisis. NHS England has confirmed that eye care is an essential part of the NHS and primary care service, both of itself and in keeping pressure off other NHS services such

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Making 2020 the “Year of Vision”

Vision UK logo 2020 year of Vision

19 December 2019
Source: Vision UK

At Vision UK we hope that 2020 will be a big year for eye health and sight loss and we would like to make it the “Year of Vision”.  The attached docs have been put together by a small group of Vision UK members (RNIB, The College of Optometrists, The Royal College of Ophthalmologists, Thomas Pocklington Trust and Guide Dogs)

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AOP: Open letter – IT connectivity for primary optical care

15 April 2019
Source: The AOP

Open letter to Simon Stevens and Matthew Swindells at NHS England from the AOP, ABDO, FODO and LOCSU. Dear Simon and Matthew We are writing to you urgently on behalf of the representative bodies for the community optical sector. Our members are one of the pillars of NHS primary care, delivering 13 million sight tests and many other NHS services

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Secretary of State still blind and deaf to eye health and hearing

25 October 2018
Source: FODO

Secretary of State Matt Hancock addressed the National Association of Primary Care (NAPC) on 18 October 2018.  Although, as usual, his speech was mostly about GPs, everything he said applies equally well to other primary care services and he did at least on this occasion also mention pharmacists dentists. The NAPC has published road maps to Primary Care Home participation for these professions.  This is

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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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