Leadership skills applications close 8 Jan. AGM planning reminder. MECS role for opticians. WOPEC news and lots more in December newsletter.
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December 2017
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Apply now for 2018 Leadership Skills module

APPLICATIONS for the 2018 Leadership Skills Module must be submitted by Monday 8 January.
LOCSU’s Leadership Skills for Optical Professionals, is a 20-credit postgraduate module, and part of WOPEC’s MSc programme at Cardiff University.
It provides an understanding of current leadership models and theoretical approaches and will give delegates the background knowledge and practical skills that will equip them to provide leadership in the optical sector.
The Module is open to optometrists with a BSc in Optometry and opticians who are FBDO-qualified. LOCSU will be funding up to 10 places on the 2018 cohort. If you would like to be considered for a funded place please download the application from the LOCSU website and return it to .
Closing date for receipt of applications is Monday 8 January at 5pm. Interviews will be conducted by conference call, provisionally planned for Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 January 2018. More information about the course structure can be found on the website.

AGM planning starts shortly

WITH some LOCs holding their Annual General Meeting as soon as early February, now is the time to start thinking about notifying members of the arrangements, says Clinical Director Katrina Venerus.
Although the normal notification period for AGMs is 21 days, for LOCs allowing postal votes, a further 21 days meaning a total of seven weeks is required constitutionally.
Urging LOCs to put their plans in place, Katrina said: “The purpose of an AGM is for LOCs to report on the Committee’s activities of the past year, present the audited accounts of the past year, appoint auditors for the following year, vote on any resolutions, and elect the members of the committee. According to the 2016 Model Constitution, the AGM must take place within three months of the end of the LOC’s financial year.
“A minimum period of 21 daAGM hands illustrationys notice must apply to the AGM plus a further 21 days for postal votes (making 42 days in total), so it becomes vital to have appropriate information to hand well in advance of the chosen date, particularly the audited accounts."
For tips on transparency and turnout read the blog by Katrina Venerus on the LOCSU website or watch a video on hosting AGMs on the LOCSU YouTube Channel.
Guidance on running an LOC AGM can be found here on the LOCSU website. Don’t forget to email LOCSU so that we can list it on our events page. and your own LOC website.  You can find a link to your LOC website via LOCNET.

MECS role for Contact Lens Opticians

A JOINT project between ABDO, LOCSU and WOPEC means that CLOs can now for enrol for accreditation to deliver extended primary care eye services.
The programme which covers MECS and Glaucoma Repeat Measures pathways is now available for CLOs to enrol via the WOPEC online learning platform.
 ABDO have worked extensively with colleagues at both WOPEC and LOCSU over a lengthy period to make this possible. It is envisaged that ABDO Extended Services Days will take place in the spring of 2018 with OSCEs following shortly after.
 Announcing the news, Barry Duncan (pictured left), ABDO Head of Policy and Development, said:” Clearly this represents an excellent opportunity for CLOs to extend their scope of practice and utilise existing and new skills. For those who are keen to progress the opportunity to be diverse and take on a more pronounced health care role will be rewarding in many ways.”
 Full details of the MECS programme can be found on the ABDO website.

Data security guidance due in January

LOCSU will be publishing guidance for the optical sector on data security next month.
In October the Department of Health published a document on the 2017-18 Data Security and Protection Requirements which the Government has accepted following Dame Fiona Caldicott, the national data guardian for health and care, recommending ten data security standards.
Head of Policy, Richard Knight, (pictured) said that LOCSU is currently developing guidance in respect of these for the optical sector and expects to release this by the end of January.


Mentoring Service for LOCs and PECs

LOCs and Primary Eyecare Company Officers can now take advantage of accredited coaching and mentoring experts to improve the performance of key officers and outcomes for LOCs and Primary Eyecare Companies.

Following the launch of qualification in 2015 a group of accredited coaches is now ready to offer one-to-one support to individual LOC and PEC officers.

LOCs will need to sponsor each request for mentoring assistance. except for the mentoring of Clinical Governance and Performance Leads (CGPLs), where the cost will be paid by LOCSU, due to the strategic importance of the role in delivering eye health services.

Mentoring can offer new LOC Chairs, new LOC Officers and those involved with Primary Eyecare Companies in a range of important duties – such as finance or governance – improved personal performance.

All those providing the service are endorsed or accredited by the UK’s largest management body, the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) to Coaching and Mentoring Level 5.

Visit the dedicated Coaching page of the LOCSU website for details of the application process, the costs and the mentoring profiles.

WOPEC deadline looms

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Please be aware that LOCSU Low Vision Theory course (using a DVD for the lectures) will be discontinued at the end of 2017. This has been superseded by Low Vision LOCSU Theory – Online. The lectures have been reviewed, amended and the module is fully accessible online. Promo codes are obtained from your LOC.
If you are currently going through these original lectures, please complete them all by Wednesday 20 December in order to obtain the course certificate. In 2018 these lectures and multiple choice questions (MCQ) will be inaccessible.
CET points for 2017
In order to ensure that WOPEC have enough time to process all pending CET points and that you have enough time to accept them, please complete and submit all lectures and MCQs on the WOPEC website by Wednesday 20 December 2017.
If you need CET points in order to complete your allocation before the end of the year, please consider completing the MCQs well in advance of the deadline. The WOPEC office will be closed between Friday 22 December 2017 and Tuesday 2 January 2018 and therefore will not be able to respond to any CET related queries during this period.

Support call for Big Blind Walk

LOCs looking to promote the role that the optical sector can play in reducing avoidable sight loss might consider supporting the Big Blind Walk being undertaken in April next year.
Founder of VisionBridge, Julian Jackson, aims to walk from Lands End to John O’Groats over seven weeks starting 29 April. He aims to raise awareness and understanding of sight loss, promote eye research and create a new fund for translational research.
If you would like to find out about his planned route, guide him or just keep him company along some of the way, introduce him to potential sponsors, generate some media interest and encourage as many people as possible to fundraise and donate, then please do.
Julian can be contacted by email on  or telephone 07773 800073.

NOC presentations available to download

Presentations from the workshops at last month's National Optical Conference can be downloaded from the LOCSU website.noc workshop Follow the links above to download the presentation from each workshop and the afternoon panel discussions.
Visit LOCSU's YouTube channel to watch a video of Chief Operating Officer Richard Whittington's keynote closing speech to NOC delegates

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LOCSU has now established a Facebook Page to add to our existing Twitter feed. And we have set up dedicated, breaking news feeds for NOC on Facebook and NOC on Twitter for the National Optical Conference. 
Make sure you sign up to receive the latest NOC News to your mobile. You can also follow the hastag #nocloc.
We will still be updating LOCs every quarter with a new-look LOCSU Review – to replace LOCSU News – but giving LOCs a more in-depth look behind the headlines on all the stories from LOCs and LOCSU.
We are aiming to introduce more video content from around the LOCSU team. So, if you are really keen, why not follow our YouTube channel.
For previous editions of LOCSU Latest visit the Communications Page of the LOCSU website. Or use these direct links. 

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