This research proposed a number of recommendations which will be useful for many LOCs
working to engage with their performers and contractors via social media.
A business manager has recently been appointed to work for the LOC
, and is ensuring that the LOC
is represented at all relevant meetings and therefore raising the profile of the LOC
Developing the people around you is a key leadership responsibility along with succession planning to ensure that LOCs
have a strong talent pool to draw on in the years ahead.
has become the second optical committee to be awarded NHS Any Qualified Provider (AQP) status in as many months, putting it in a good position when bidding for community service contracts in the future.
The levy contribution is calculated by the number of GOS sight tests performed by contractors in each LOC
At LOCSU we have been working to build our expertise in this area in order to ensure that we can provide appropriate support to those LOCs
who need to engage with the AQP process.
"I am pleased to announce that the next stage of the optical leads project will see the role of optical leads develop to be primarily focused on working with, and on behalf of, LOCs
to negotiate with commissioners.
As one large LOC
covering three different PCTs, the extensive skillset of committee members has been used to enhance relationships with the three local health authorities and has secured a number of enhanced services.
"For the same reason we are now offering our secure individual websites to each LOC
at no cost with only the hosting and maintenance charged t less than 8 [pounds sterling] per week."
Other key points include each LOC
needs at least six elected members, split equally between 'contractors'--optometrists, dispensing opticians or lay contractors--and 'performers' (optometrists), an annual budget should be set by a committee, including voluntary levy as required, and accounts should be audited, and 'contractors can only be elected by contractors and performers can only be elected by performers'.
The long-term ratings are tied to the long-term rating assigned to the bonds and the long-term rating that Fitch maintains on the bank providing the substitute LOCs
. Changes to one or both of these ratings may affect the long-term rating assigned to the bonds.
Generally speaking, LOCs
meet around three to four times a year.