NEWS

2017 Nominations open for a place on Devon LOC
Published: 14/03/2017

Nominations are now open for a place on the Committee of Devon LOC – there are 4 places available this year. Please see nomination paper here: Nomination paper 2017 – Devon LOC Please ...  READ MORE

Happy New Year from Devon LOC
Published: 04/01/2017

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Devon LOC poster at NOC 2016
Published: 22/11/2016

This year Devon LOC had 2 posters displayed at the National Optical Conference 2016.  One of IOP refinement across Devon and one covering our media engagement this ...  READ MORE

Vision Care for Homeless People in Exeter – volunteers needed
Published: 31/10/2016

Vision Care for Homeless People in Exeter are seeking volunteer Optometrists, Dispensing Opticians and a Clinic Manager. The clinic will run once a week, starting in the new year. For more ...  READ MORE

National Eye Health Week 2016
Published: 08/09/2016

Each year there is a National Eye Health Week to promote eye health and ensure people look after their eyes by having regular eye health checks with their local optometrist. This year National Eye ...  READ MORE

Claiming your CET Allowance
Published: 02/08/2016

The allowance for CET undertaken in 2015 in England has increased to £540. The window for submitting claims is 1 July 2016 – 31 October 2016 Download the claim form here: CET Claim Form 2016 ...  READ MORE

Devon LOC Strategic Plan – Consultation
Published: 02/08/2016

Devon LOC have recently been working on their 3 year strategic plan up to 2019 The strategic plan can be downloaded here: Devon LOC Strategic Plan 2016-2019 – Consultation document If you would ...  READ MORE

Devon LOC AGM Minutes 2016
Published: 19/05/2016

The Devon LOC AGM took place on Wednesday 11th May 2016 Please see the minutes of the meeting here: 2016-05-11 Minutes Devon LOC AGM See our Annual Report for 2015/16 here: Devon LOC Annual Report ...  READ MORE

Devon LOC Annual Report 2015/16
Published: 16/05/2016

Devon LOC have had another busy year in Devon. Click here to view the 2015/16 annual report: Devon LOC Annual Report 2015-2016  READ MORE

Neil Parish, MP for Honiton and Tiverton visits Opticians Practice
Published: 09/05/2016

Neil Parish MP visited Bill Opticians in Honiton on Friday 6th May 2016. More further information see the press release here: Neil Parish MP – Optical practice visit  READ MORE

Voting open for a place on Devon LOC (2016)
Published: 11/04/2016

Voting has opened today (11th April 2016) for a place on the Devon Local Optical Committee. There are 4 places available on the committee The nominees are: 1) Eiohn Hayes 2) Ian Holten 3) Ian ...  READ MORE

Sight test and voucher fees 2016/17
Published: 31/03/2016

See here for information from the Department of Health on the sight test and voucher fees for 2016/17: Sight test fee associated fees and vouchers  READ MORE

Feedback from Regional GOS and Minor Eye Conditions Events
Published: 22/03/2016

Please see feedback below from the Regional GOS and Minor Eye Conditions events in February 2016: Letter – Regional Events Feedback Advice to all practitioners about GOS and claims GOS and MEC ...  READ MORE

Nominations open to join Devon Local Optical Committee
Published: 21/03/2016

This year there are four committee vacancies to join the Devon Local Optical Committee for the next 3 years. If you wish to be nominated for a position on the Committee, you should complete the ...  READ MORE

Devon LOC update 2015
Published: 18/11/2015

To see the latest Devon LOC update for 2015 click here: Devon LOC Update 2015 – Full document  READ MORE

Devon LOC Poster at NOC 2015
Published: 03/11/2015

Devon LOC are presenting a poster again this year at the National Optical Conference in Birmingham.  The poster on social media is titled: ‘Social media efforts boots Devon LOC ...  READ MORE

Children’s Vision – HIBLIO TV Live Broadcast
Published: 23/09/2015

As part of National Eye Health Week 2015, Devon Local Optical Committee are undertaking another HIBLIO TV live broadcast on Children’s Vision.  The broadcast will take place on www.hiblio.tv ...  READ MORE

New Plymouth Glaucoma Patient Group
Published: 07/09/2015

The University of Plymouth, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust and the International Glaucoma Association have joined to set up a new Plymouth Glaucoma Patient Group.  The first meeting is to take place ...  READ MORE

Advice to all practitioners about GOS and Claims
Published: 24/08/2015

Please see below advice from Devon LOC regarding GOS and claims: Advice to all practitioners about GOS and claims MOU Frequency of sight tests April 2002 Avoiding GOS fee reclaims (AOP)  READ MORE

Devon LOC claim prize for Vision UK 2015 Poster Competition
Published: 22/06/2015

Devon LOC were pleased to win the poster competition (Outcome 1) at the Vision UK 2015 Conference on Thursday 18th June 2015 See our poster here: Devon LOC Poster – Promoting Eye Care in ...  READ MORE

MP Letters
Published: 15/05/2015

We have recently written to all new and re-elected MPs offering practice visits and raising the profile of community eye care services.  The letters are as follows: Re-elected MP: MP Letter (May ...  READ MORE

Devon LOC 2014/15 Annual Report
Published: 14/05/2015

The Devon LOC AGM took place on Tuesday 12th May 2015. Please see: Devon LOC Annual Report: Devon LOC Annual Report 2015  READ MORE

Voting open for a place on Devon Local Optical Committee
Published: 15/04/2015

Voting opens today (15th April 2015) for a place on the Devon Local Optical Committee.  There are 8 spaces available on the committee. The Nominees are: Charles Bill Eiohn Hayes Fiona Hiscox Greg ...  READ MORE

Parliamentary Candidate visits in Devon
Published: 27/03/2015

In March 2015 we were pleased to arrange two Parliamentary Candidate visits in the Plymouth area. Luke Pollard (Labour Parliamentary candidate for Plymouth Sutton and   Devonport) visited Boots ...  READ MORE

Nominations open for a place on Devon Local Optical Committee
Published: 03/03/2015

This year there are eight committee vacancies to join the Devon Local Optical Committee for the next 3 years. If you wish to be nominated for a position on the Committee, you should complete the ...  READ MORE

Letter to GPs – Community Eye Health Services in Devon
Published: 28/01/2015

We have written to GPs and Practice Managers across Devon to raise the awareness of Community Eye care.  The letter specifically details the importance of a Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS) ...  READ MORE

Press Release – Devon Local Optical Committee
Published: 23/01/2015

As we are all well aware from recent media exposure, A&E services are under pressure.  With the increasing numbers of community hospitals closing and the wait for an appointment at a local GP ...  READ MORE

Patients back Diabetic Retinal Screening at local Opticians Practices
Published: 05/01/2015

A recent patient survey of the Plymouth Diabetic Retinal Screening Service has show that patients prefer their screening to be carried out at a Local Opticians Practices.  Results from the survey ...  READ MORE

Optical sector granted new use of the NHS logo
Published: 18/12/2014

The Optical Confederation and the Optometric Fees Negotiating Committee (OFNC) are pleased to announce that optometrists, opticians and optical businesses may now use the NHS logo to signpost the NHS ...  READ MORE

HIBLIO Live Conversation – Look After Your Eyes
Published: 27/11/2014

On Thursday 27th November 2014 Devon LOC conducted a live conversation on Eye Health on HIBLIO TV.  You will be able to watch the catch up version of the chat on our website soon. HIBLIO TV is A ...  READ MORE

NOC Poster Competition
Published: 27/10/2014

We are pleased to announce that Devon LOC won the Poster Competition at the NOC last week, where we summarised our engagement with the Health and Well-Being Boards, our influence of the JSNAs across ...  READ MORE

What Devon LOC did during National Eye Health Week 2014
Published: 10/10/2014

National Eye Health Week 2014 was a success this year. Nationally, the optics’ annual awareness initiative, National Eye Health Week (NEHW) has experienced ‘unprecedented levels of support and ...  READ MORE

National Eye Health Week 2014
Published: 22/09/2014

This week is National Eye Health Week 2014.  A national campaign to raise awareness of eye health and avoidance of sight loss. Devon LOC are actively supporting this by launching our first Eye ...  READ MORE

A Call to Action for Improving Eye Health and Reducing Sight Loss
Published: 18/07/2014

NHS England A Call to Action is a huge opportunity for Optometrists and Opticians to present the case to the NHS for the further development of local community eye health services and an increased ...  READ MORE

LOCSU Hot Brief Issue 31
Published: 09/07/2014

LOCSU Hot Brief Issue 31 – July 2014 Hot Brief Issue 31 – July 2014  READ MORE

Devon LOC AGM Minutes (21-05-2014)
Published: 06/06/2014

The Devon LOC Annual General Meeting took place on Wednesday 21st May 2014 at The Exeter Court Hotel, Kennford, Exeter.  To see the minutes of the AGM please click on the link below: Devon LOC AGM ...  READ MORE

Voting opens for the AOP Awards 2014
Published: 06/06/2014

The shortlisted nominees for this year’s AOP Awards have been revealed and voting has opened Following much deliberation by the judges, the shortlisted candidates for this year’s AOP Awards have ...  READ MORE

Primary Eyecare Devon Ltd
Published: 22/05/2014

The Devon Local Optical Committee has set in place Primary Eyecare Devon Ltd (PED) which is a fully functioning and accredited provider company, capable of bidding for contracts for the delivery of ...  READ MORE

Action for Blind People
Published: 27/05/2014

People experiencing sight loss say they need information Results of a recent study conducted by Action for Blind People (Action) with participants diagnosed with sight loss shows that nearly 90 per ...  READ MORE

Devon LOC AGM
Published: 28/04/2014

We had a great Devon LOC AGM on 21st May 2014.  It was encouraging to look back at the last 12 months but also good to look forward to the work of the LOC for the coming year.  In the last 12 ...  READ MORE

All Devon Health and Well-Being Boards engaged in Eyecare Agenda
Published: 09/04/2014

Over the past three months Devon LOC has engaged with all three Health and Well-Being Boards across Devon.  We have engaged with Chairs of Health and Well-being Boards, Directors of Public Health, ...  READ MORE

Health and Well-Being Boards engaged in Eyecare Agenda
Published: 09/04/2014

Over the past three months Devon LOC has engaged with all three Health and Well-Being Boards across Devon.  We have engaged with Chairs of Health and Well-being Boards, Directors of Public Health, ...  READ MORE

LOCSU Hot Brief (Issue 30 – February 2014)
Published: 28/02/2014

LOC Hot Briefs contain guidance and advice from the Optical Confederation and LOCSU on important issues relevant to all ophthalmic contractors and performers, which we would like LOCs to be aware of ...  READ MORE

All Devon MPs engaged in eyecare agenda
Published: 02/04/2014

Over the past 2 years all 12 of the Devon Members of Parliament have visited a local Opticians Practice in their constituency. The objective of an MP session is to brief key members of parliament on ...  READ MORE

Volunteers required for a Research Project by an Optometry Student at Plymouth University
Published: 01/02/2014

The Unsung Contribution towards Eye Health and Primary Care of Optometrists beyond General Ophthalmic Services (GOS) It  requires you to fill out an anonymous online questionnaire which should take ...  READ MORE

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