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PPE official sites

Published 04 Jun 2020

A couple of official links to AOP approved PPE Primary eyecare services and LOCSU: https://primaryeyecaresupplies.co.uk/ BiB Online: https://www.bibonline.co.uk/product-categories/ppe

 

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Avon LOC Newsletter February 2020

Published 19 Feb 2020

https://sway.office.com/VI9l2HM2JGe9FDga?ref=Link

 

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Bristol community cataract follow-up service update January 2020.

Published 04 Jan 2020

Please see the attached Bristol community cataract follow-up service update.
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BNSSG CCG Informed Decision Making for Cataract Surgery

Published 04 Jan 2020

Dear colleague, Bristol, North Somerset, South Glocestershire CCG Informed Decision Making for Cataract Surgery. Please see attached document for more information.
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Vision West of England Newsletter December

Published 02 Dec 2019

Please find attached the Vision West of England monthly update where you will find details of local social groups, information and advice drop ins, sports and an update from the Bristol Sight Loss Council. The next update will be sent out in the first week of January, please send any contributions to the Vision West of England team by me by 2nd January. If you have any questions or would like more information please call the team on 0117 3224885.
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Post Payment Verification

Published 18 Oct 2019

Avon LOC would like to remind practitioners that NHS England through the NHS Business Services Authority (NHS BSA) will be starting a program of post payment verification (PPV). This will include practices across our area as part of the national roll out of this system, following trials last year and this year that tested this new initiative. If you have any questions or concerns relating to PPV please do not hesitate to make contact with the LOC team via secretary@avonloc.co.uk More information on PPV can be found from NHS BSA following this link https://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/what-we-do/ophthalmic-provider-assurance

 

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Bristol Eye Hospital Medical Retina Conference for community Optometrists

Published 27 Aug 2019

On December 6th this year, BEH retina team are running at retina conference aimed at community optometrists with core competency levels of medical retina and vitreo retina knowledge. We have a superb line of up lecturers and are planning on covering a range of commonly seen medical retina conditions, how to recognise them, management and the latest research across these conditions. We will of course be seeking CET points for the day. We have secured a central Bristol location with parking next door and the event will be fully catered. Tickets for this event can be purchased for £125 via Eventbrite at the following link: https://beh_optometry_education_medical_retina.eventbrite.co.uk​ If you have any specific requests for things that you would like covered then please do let us know and we will pass this information to the BEH. The BEH will forward on the finalised agenda for the day as soon as the final lecture titles are confirmed.

 

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Referral Service Extension to Include Ophthalmology

Published 12 Aug 2019

The Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Referral Service have recently extended their scope to include Ophthalmology. This service will be run as a pilot until April 2020. Avon LOC understands the service applies to routine and urgent Optometry referrals sent via the patients GP. The service does not include emergency referrals to A&E/emergency departments and suspect wet AMD faxed referrals to Bristol Eye Hospital medical retina service. Please continue referring patients to their GP as you currently do.
×

Eye Care Services for Patients with Dementia: Survey of Optometrists and Ophthalmologists

Published 23 Jul 2019

The University of West England are carrying out a research project working with Dementia care specialists keen to find out what eye care practices are doing in terms of caring for dementia patients. Please find attached the information about the study, including a link to a short online survey.
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RUH Eye Casualty Referrals

Published 17 Jun 2019

The RUH have asked us to remind all optometrists that there is no walk-in service for eye casualty referrals. Patients must be referred via email to ruh-tr.EmergencyEyeClinic@nhs.net and this must be via NHS.net to keep patient data secure. If it is felt that the patient needs to be seen the same day, the triage team should be called on 01225 824403 and the patient not sent down before they have been accepted, as this can cause the reception team and nurses unnecessary confrontational situations. Thank you all for your co-operation in following the correct referral procedures.

 

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Myopia control referrals

Published 06 Jun 2019

Both the Bristol Eye Hospital and the Royal United Hospital Bath have received a number of referrals from optometrists of children for myopia control. They have asked us to send out a friendly reminder that there is no NHS provision for myopia control, and this is not something that can be done at the hospital. It is up to each individual practice to decide whether they will offer a myopia control service. There is no provision for this under GOS, so it is up to the practice to decide on a fee to provide this service. If there is no optometrist in a practice offering myopia control, we would suggest that a suitable course of action is to familiarise yourself with other local practices who provide this service, so that patients can be signposted to a practice that can offer myopia control if this is what they want. The College of Optometrists's guidance on myopia management can be found here: https://www.college-optometrists.org/the-college/policy/myopia-management.html

 

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Bristol Post-Op Cataract Scheme – Accreditation Evening – Wednesday 3rd July 6.30pm

Published 06 Jun 2019

Bristol Post-Op Cataract Scheme – Accreditation Evening – Wednesday 3rd July 6.30pm We are running an accreditation evening for optometrists wishing to join the Bristol Post-Op Cataract Scheme. You will need to complete the WOPEC online training module and attend the accreditation evening to join the scheme. More information about the scheme can be found at https://www.avonloc.co.uk/avonloc.php?command=viewEnhancedServices The accreditation evening will take place at on Wednesday 3rd July 6.30.pm at The Vassall Centre, Gill Avenue, Bristol BS16 2QQ. Please register at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/avon-loc-22954777477 and contact Amy at secretary@avonloc.co.uk to obtain a WOPEC code to complete the online training.

 

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The Benevolent Fund

Published 01 Jun 2019

The Benevolent fund can offer members and former members of the optical profession and their dependants when they are going through difficult times. Please see the attached communication from their incoming Chair.
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LOCSU letter to NHS chief exec

Published 11 Apr 2019

LOCSU has written an open letter to NHS Chief Executive, Simon Stevens calling for better IT connectivity between optical practices and hospital eye departments. https://www.locsu.co.uk/locsu-demands-nhs-bosses-connect-optical-practices/?preview=true

 

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DVLA Tender - urgent response required

Published 25 Mar 2019

For the attention of all practice owners - please see attached document. Response required by attached document link by 3/4/19 due to short tender period.
×

Committee Nominations 2019

Published 25 Mar 2019

There are 5 spaces for election to the Committee for Contractors or Performers in the Avon area. Four spaces are for a three year term, and one space for a one year term. If you’ve got an interest in shaping the future of optometry in the area please do consider getting involved. If you wish to stand for election please go to our website www.avonloc.co.uk for more details or click on the accompanying link on this mail out page. All nominations must be received by the Returning Officer at Avon LOC, by 9th April 2019 or by email to bath@avonloc.co.uk. The results of the nominations will be published on the website on 16th April 2019. Postal voting/proxy papers will be available on the website (or on request to the address below) for those of you unable to attend the meeting.
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AGM

Published 25 Mar 2019

The AGM this year is on Tuesday 7th May at Bristol and Bath Science Park
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Locsu hot brief - effecting Somerset

Published 16 Mar 2019

See attached... re: PCSE notification about transfer of services from ACE in Clacton to PCSE
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Spire Bristol, Optometrists Educational Evening

Published 16 Feb 2019

Tuesday 2nd April 2019 from 6pm-9.30pm. Spire Oncology Centre - South West. 300 Park Avenue, Aztec West, Bristol. BS32 4SY. Teaching sessions with Consultant Ophthalmologists Mr Mo Majid, Mr Rafik Girgis and Mr Philip Jaycock. Please RSVP to bristolevents@spirehealthcare.com by Friday 22nd March
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Data Security and Protection Toolkit Update

Published 13 Feb 2019

Please copy the link below into your browser for an update on the DSPT - this is the new toolkit that needs completion for nhs.net accounts and a lot of enhanced services. https://www.locsu.co.uk/what-we-do/communications/news-flashes/data-security-and-protection-toolkit-update/

 

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Sight Loss Council For Bristol

Published 06 Feb 2019

Please see attached flyer from Alun Davies, Engagement Manager for the Pocklington Trust
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Bristol North Somerset and South Glos Referral update

Published 31 Jan 2019

Please see attached letter including addendum from the CCG
×

SWES Educational Event 28/02/2019

Published 31 Jan 2019

SWES Educational Event 28/02/2019
×

Bath Hospital Fax switch off update

Published 14 Jan 2019

Please see attached PDF for guidance on referrals to Bath Royal United Hospital eye department - emergency and urgent care.
×

RUH

Published 13 Jan 2019

The fax machine at RUH has been switched off and all direct referrals need to be made via email. There will be an email detailing this and further info within the next week from the LOC. In the meantime for any queries or issues contact: Amar Shah on chair@avonloc.co.uk

 

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LOCSU hot brief 80

Published 13 Jan 2019

Brexit!
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Avon LOC Data Protection and Privacy Policy May 2018

Published 23 May 2018

In readiness for the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulations Avon LOC have added a copy of our privacy policy.
×

Proposed new LOC constitution

Published 24 Apr 2017

In advance of our upcoming AGM here is the proposed changes to the constitution. Any queries please send to Alison at JCL or our secretary (see contact/about pages)
×

URGENT GOC ERROR

Published 24 Apr 2017

An error from the GOC has meant some registrants have been emailed in error with new login details and some are unable to find themselves on the GOC website. This is being addressed and should be fixed soon https://www.optical.org/en/newsletter/news-alert-emails/email-sent-in-error-april-2017.cfm

 

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QIO update

Published 11 Feb 2017

QiO update now live The updated QiO website is now live. QiO has been comprehensively overhauled for 2017 with new features including linear navigation, and a refined overall appearance, while outdated content has been removed. QiOs core purpose to host clinical governance compliance toolkits for optical professionals remains unchanged. QiO is funded by LOCSU on behalf of the profession and supported by the College of Optometrists, AOP, ABDO and FODO. The URL for QiO is unchanged: http://www.qualityinoptometry.co.uk/ There are a variety of new features in QiO: 1. Linear checklist format 2. New account fields 3. Expanded NHS Standard Contracts section 4. Policy Builder feature 5. Built-in Submit to NHS feature Please see the user guide that accompanies the 2017 update which can be found on the QiO homepage. Both new and experienced users, as well as LOC Company Clinical Governance and Performance Leads who can now check subcontractor submissions within QiO itself, should familiarise themselves with this document in light of the changes made to QiO.

 

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NHS England publishes guidance on whistleblowing in primary care

Published 28 Nov 2016

Sent to all BANES and Wilts practices but may have relevance to all - see attached pdf
×

Locsu news flash - performers list

Published 26 Nov 2016

Ophthalmic performers list gets priority
×

Info - Eye Vitamins on Prescription

Published 03 Aug 2016

Following contact from the North Somerset CCG by the medicines optimisation pharmacist we wanted to take this opportunity to share with you the latest guidance on prescriptions of eye vitamin supplements.
×

LOCSU Hot brief - Issue 50

Published 24 Jun 2016

1. PCSE update 2. National Ophthalmology Audit 3. NHSmail users



PPE official sites

Published on 04 Jun 2020 by AvonLOC.
A couple of official links to AOP approved PPE Primary eyecare services and LOCSU: https://primaryeyecaresupplies.co.uk/ BiB Online: https://www.bibonline.co.uk/product-categories/ppe

 

Avon LOC Newsletter February 2020

Published on 19 Feb 2020 by AvonLOC.
https://sway.office.com/VI9l2HM2JGe9FDga?ref=Link

 

Bristol community cataract follow-up service update January 2020.

Published on 04 Jan 2020 by AvonLOC.
Please see the attached Bristol community cataract follow-up service update.

BNSSG CCG Informed Decision Making for Cataract Surgery

Published on 04 Jan 2020 by AvonLOC.
Dear colleague, Bristol, North Somerset, South Glocestershire CCG Informed Decision Making for Cataract Surgery. Please see attached document for more information.

Vision West of England Newsletter December

Published on 02 Dec 2019 by AvonLOC.
Please find attached the Vision West of England monthly update where you will find details of local social groups, information and advice drop ins, sports and an update from the Bristol Sight Loss Council. The next update will be sent out in the first week of January, please send any contributions to the Vision West of England team by me by 2nd January. If you have any questions or would like more information please call the team on 0117 3224885.

Post Payment Verification

Published on 18 Oct 2019 by AvonLOC.
Avon LOC would like to remind practitioners that NHS England through the NHS Business Services Authority (NHS BSA) will be starting a program of post payment verification (PPV). This will include practices across our area as part of the national roll out of this system, following trials last year and this year that tested this new initiative. If you have any questions or concerns relating to PPV please do not hesitate to make contact with the LOC team via secretary@avonloc.co.uk More information on PPV can be found from NHS BSA following this link https://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/what-we-do/ophthalmic-provider-assurance

 

Bristol Eye Hospital Medical Retina Conference for community Optometrists

Published on 27 Aug 2019 by AvonLOC.
On December 6th this year, BEH retina team are running at retina conference aimed at community optometrists with core competency levels of medical retina and vitreo retina knowledge. We have a superb line of up lecturers and are planning on covering a range of commonly seen medical retina conditions, how to recognise them, management and the latest research across these conditions. We will of course be seeking CET points for the day. We have secured a central Bristol location with parking next door and the event will be fully catered. Tickets for this event can be purchased for £125 via Eventbrite at the following link: https://beh_optometry_education_medical_retina.eventbrite.co.uk​ If you have any specific requests for things that you would like covered then please do let us know and we will pass this information to the BEH. The BEH will forward on the finalised agenda for the day as soon as the final lecture titles are confirmed.

 

Referral Service Extension to Include Ophthalmology

Published on 12 Aug 2019 by AvonLOC.
The Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Referral Service have recently extended their scope to include Ophthalmology. This service will be run as a pilot until April 2020. Avon LOC understands the service applies to routine and urgent Optometry referrals sent via the patients GP. The service does not include emergency referrals to A&E/emergency departments and suspect wet AMD faxed referrals to Bristol Eye Hospital medical retina service. Please continue referring patients to their GP as you currently do.

Eye Care Services for Patients with Dementia: Survey of Optometrists and Ophthalmologists

Published on 23 Jul 2019 by AvonLOC.
The University of West England are carrying out a research project working with Dementia care specialists keen to find out what eye care practices are doing in terms of caring for dementia patients. Please find attached the information about the study, including a link to a short online survey.

RUH Eye Casualty Referrals

Published on 17 Jun 2019 by AvonLOC.
The RUH have asked us to remind all optometrists that there is no walk-in service for eye casualty referrals. Patients must be referred via email to ruh-tr.EmergencyEyeClinic@nhs.net and this must be via NHS.net to keep patient data secure. If it is felt that the patient needs to be seen the same day, the triage team should be called on 01225 824403 and the patient not sent down before they have been accepted, as this can cause the reception team and nurses unnecessary confrontational situations. Thank you all for your co-operation in following the correct referral procedures.

 

Myopia control referrals

Published on 06 Jun 2019 by AvonLOC.
Both the Bristol Eye Hospital and the Royal United Hospital Bath have received a number of referrals from optometrists of children for myopia control. They have asked us to send out a friendly reminder that there is no NHS provision for myopia control, and this is not something that can be done at the hospital. It is up to each individual practice to decide whether they will offer a myopia control service. There is no provision for this under GOS, so it is up to the practice to decide on a fee to provide this service. If there is no optometrist in a practice offering myopia control, we would suggest that a suitable course of action is to familiarise yourself with other local practices who provide this service, so that patients can be signposted to a practice that can offer myopia control if this is what they want. The College of Optometrists's guidance on myopia management can be found here: https://www.college-optometrists.org/the-college/policy/myopia-management.html

 

Bristol Post-Op Cataract Scheme – Accreditation Evening – Wednesday 3rd July 6.30pm

Published on 06 Jun 2019 by AvonLOC.
Bristol Post-Op Cataract Scheme – Accreditation Evening – Wednesday 3rd July 6.30pm We are running an accreditation evening for optometrists wishing to join the Bristol Post-Op Cataract Scheme. You will need to complete the WOPEC online training module and attend the accreditation evening to join the scheme. More information about the scheme can be found at https://www.avonloc.co.uk/avonloc.php?command=viewEnhancedServices The accreditation evening will take place at on Wednesday 3rd July 6.30.pm at The Vassall Centre, Gill Avenue, Bristol BS16 2QQ. Please register at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/avon-loc-22954777477 and contact Amy at secretary@avonloc.co.uk to obtain a WOPEC code to complete the online training.

 

The Benevolent Fund

Published on 01 Jun 2019 by AvonLOC.
The Benevolent fund can offer members and former members of the optical profession and their dependants when they are going through difficult times. Please see the attached communication from their incoming Chair.

LOCSU letter to NHS chief exec

Published on 11 Apr 2019 by AvonLOC.
LOCSU has written an open letter to NHS Chief Executive, Simon Stevens calling for better IT connectivity between optical practices and hospital eye departments. https://www.locsu.co.uk/locsu-demands-nhs-bosses-connect-optical-practices/?preview=true

 

DVLA Tender - urgent response required

Published on 25 Mar 2019 by AvonLOC.
For the attention of all practice owners - please see attached document. Response required by attached document link by 3/4/19 due to short tender period.

Committee Nominations 2019

Published on 25 Mar 2019 by AvonLOC.
There are 5 spaces for election to the Committee for Contractors or Performers in the Avon area. Four spaces are for a three year term, and one space for a one year term. If you’ve got an interest in shaping the future of optometry in the area please do consider getting involved. If you wish to stand for election please go to our website www.avonloc.co.uk for more details or click on the accompanying link on this mail out page. All nominations must be received by the Returning Officer at Avon LOC, by 9th April 2019 or by email to bath@avonloc.co.uk. The results of the nominations will be published on the website on 16th April 2019. Postal voting/proxy papers will be available on the website (or on request to the address below) for those of you unable to attend the meeting.

AGM

Published on 25 Mar 2019 by AvonLOC.
The AGM this year is on Tuesday 7th May at Bristol and Bath Science Park

Locsu hot brief - effecting Somerset

Published on 16 Mar 2019 by AvonLOC.
See attached... re: PCSE notification about transfer of services from ACE in Clacton to PCSE

Spire Bristol, Optometrists Educational Evening

Published on 16 Feb 2019 by AvonLOC.
Tuesday 2nd April 2019 from 6pm-9.30pm. Spire Oncology Centre - South West. 300 Park Avenue, Aztec West, Bristol. BS32 4SY. Teaching sessions with Consultant Ophthalmologists Mr Mo Majid, Mr Rafik Girgis and Mr Philip Jaycock. Please RSVP to bristolevents@spirehealthcare.com by Friday 22nd March

Data Security and Protection Toolkit Update

Published on 13 Feb 2019 by AvonLOC.
Please copy the link below into your browser for an update on the DSPT - this is the new toolkit that needs completion for nhs.net accounts and a lot of enhanced services. https://www.locsu.co.uk/what-we-do/communications/news-flashes/data-security-and-protection-toolkit-update/

 

Sight Loss Council For Bristol

Published on 06 Feb 2019 by AvonLOC.
Please see attached flyer from Alun Davies, Engagement Manager for the Pocklington Trust

Bristol North Somerset and South Glos Referral update

Published on 31 Jan 2019 by AvonLOC.
Please see attached letter including addendum from the CCG

SWES Educational Event 28/02/2019

Published on 31 Jan 2019 by AvonLOC.
SWES Educational Event 28/02/2019

Bath Hospital Fax switch off update

Published on 14 Jan 2019 by AvonLOC.
Please see attached PDF for guidance on referrals to Bath Royal United Hospital eye department - emergency and urgent care.

RUH

Published on 13 Jan 2019 by AvonLOC.
The fax machine at RUH has been switched off and all direct referrals need to be made via email. There will be an email detailing this and further info within the next week from the LOC. In the meantime for any queries or issues contact: Amar Shah on chair@avonloc.co.uk

 

LOCSU hot brief 80

Published on 13 Jan 2019 by AvonLOC.
Brexit!

Avon LOC Data Protection and Privacy Policy May 2018

Published on 23 May 2018 by AvonLOC.
In readiness for the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulations Avon LOC have added a copy of our privacy policy.

Proposed new LOC constitution

Published on 24 Apr 2017 by AvonLOC.
In advance of our upcoming AGM here is the proposed changes to the constitution. Any queries please send to Alison at JCL or our secretary (see contact/about pages)

URGENT GOC ERROR

Published on 24 Apr 2017 by AvonLOC.
An error from the GOC has meant some registrants have been emailed in error with new login details and some are unable to find themselves on the GOC website. This is being addressed and should be fixed soon https://www.optical.org/en/newsletter/news-alert-emails/email-sent-in-error-april-2017.cfm

 

QIO update

Published on 11 Feb 2017 by AvonLOC.
QiO update now live The updated QiO website is now live. QiO has been comprehensively overhauled for 2017 with new features including linear navigation, and a refined overall appearance, while outdated content has been removed. QiOs core purpose to host clinical governance compliance toolkits for optical professionals remains unchanged. QiO is funded by LOCSU on behalf of the profession and supported by the College of Optometrists, AOP, ABDO and FODO. The URL for QiO is unchanged: http://www.qualityinoptometry.co.uk/ There are a variety of new features in QiO: 1. Linear checklist format 2. New account fields 3. Expanded NHS Standard Contracts section 4. Policy Builder feature 5. Built-in Submit to NHS feature Please see the user guide that accompanies the 2017 update which can be found on the QiO homepage. Both new and experienced users, as well as LOC Company Clinical Governance and Performance Leads who can now check subcontractor submissions within QiO itself, should familiarise themselves with this document in light of the changes made to QiO.

 

NHS England publishes guidance on whistleblowing in primary care

Published on 28 Nov 2016 by AvonLOC.
Sent to all BANES and Wilts practices but may have relevance to all - see attached pdf

Locsu news flash - performers list

Published on 26 Nov 2016 by AvonLOC.
Ophthalmic performers list gets priority

Info - Eye Vitamins on Prescription

Published on 03 Aug 2016 by AvonLOC.
Following contact from the North Somerset CCG by the medicines optimisation pharmacist we wanted to take this opportunity to share with you the latest guidance on prescriptions of eye vitamin supplements.

LOCSU Hot brief - Issue 50

Published on 24 Jun 2016 by AvonLOC.
1. PCSE update 2. National Ophthalmology Audit 3. NHSmail users