Role of Wolves LOC

The LOC is required:-

1. To advise the two Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) for Wolverhampton on matters affecting Optometrists and Contractors providing GOS (General Ophthalmic Services) under the National Health Service; in addition certain services are provided outside the NHS contract ie community services


2. To establish the collective views of those Optometrists/Contractors, including Dispensing Opticians, on the administration of the GOS and in particular to make suggestions for their improvement, for consideration by the CCGs


3. To ensure Optometrists/Contractors are kept up to date on matters affecting the general ophthalmic services and to assist individual Optometrists and Contractors to understand and comply with the terms of their NHS contract


4. To consider any complaint made to them by any Optometrist/Contractor against any other Optometrist/Contractor practising in the county and involving the efficiency of the GOS


5. To advise the CCGs on matters affecting Optometrists and Contractors in relation to the Hospital Eye Services, the scope and efficiency of those services and the provision of these ophthalmic services at health centres, clinics etc. This will include matters such as shared care treatment provided outside the GOS contract


6. To undertake such other consultative functions as necessary from time to time, including liaison with the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)