New LOCSU Hot Brief (16/03/2018)

Please click here to download the latest hot brief


Data Protection Guidance (27/02/2018)

Please click here for guidance for implementing the new data security and protection requirements whose target audience are those who provide eye health services, contracting via the NHS Standard Contract.

 You can also download a copy from the LOCSU website at


Cheshire and Merseyside Optometric Queries contact sheet (16/02/2018) 

Please click here for the latest version of the Optometric Queries contact details.


Cheshire LOC AGM (18/01/2018)

Thursday 15th March at 7.00pm at The Cottons Hotel, Knutsford, WA16 0SU​ Directions to the hotel can be found on the hotel website ( A complimentary ​b​uffet will be served at 6.15pm prior to the meeting.

The Chairman, Lyndon Taylor, would like to extend a warm welcome to anyone wishing to attend.

There will be a CET approved presentation by Professor Ahmed Sadiq - Lumps, Bumps and Lid Malpositions; to refer or not?

1 CET point approved for Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians

Please reply to confirm your intention to attend by Wednesday 7th March, by contacting Sandie McBennett, via email to

Please click here for a letter from the Chairman, Lyndon Taylor, outlining the election criteria for the Cheshire LOC.

Please read the explanation carefully; the application form is also included.
Completed application forms should be forwarded to by 12th February 2018.




As you may be aware NICE have published new guidelines for glaucoma which will affect the way in which the GRR service will be run please read the information below for more details

For practices involved in GRR click here

For practices not yet participating click here


 New LOSCU Hot Brief (09/12/17)

Please click here to download the latest hot brief


 New LOCSU Hot Brief (10/09/2017)

Please click here to download the latest hot brief


New LOCSU Hot Brief (12/08/2017)

Please click here to download the latest hot brief


New LOCSU Hot Brief (19/07/2017)

Please click here to download the latest hot brief



 The form for making CET claims is attached, please click here

 Please note, claims must be made between 1 July 2017 and 31 October 2017.

 Completed forms should be sent to: Primary Care Support England, PO Box 350, Darlington, DL1 9QN

New LOCSU Hot Brief (03/07/2017)
Please click here to download the latest hot brief


New LOCSU Hot Brief (28/06/2017)

Please click here to download the latest hot brief


The Minor Eye Conditions Service OSCE will take place on 9th July 2017.  (25/05/17)

The Practical Assessment is open to practicing Optometrists in all Cheshire areas; although priority on this occasion will be given to Vale Royal and South Cheshire Optometrists.

Part 1 Accreditation must be completed a minimum of 2 days before booking onto the OSCE; this will be checked by the lead WOPEC Assessor. 

Contact Sandie McBennett if a code for Part 1 is required at

Please then use the following link to book on to the Practical Assessment: -

Click here for candidate information


New LOCSU Hot Brief (7/4/17)

Please click here to download the latest Hot Brief



New Pre Cat and GRR Service Goes Live (9/2/17)

 The new Pre Cat and GRR service is now live for Central Cheshire, South Cheshire and Vale Royal. Please click here to find out more on the updated services.

 People with Learning Disabilities (11/1/17)

Currently 2-2.5% of people in the UK have a learning disability.  People with learning disabilities (LD) are ten times more likely to have eye problems and 6 out of 10 will need to wear glasses – however they are less likely to receive timely and appropriate care, than the rest of the population.

To find out more about the pilot service to improve care for these patients and to get involved click here

East Cheshire Referral Guidelines Update (30/11/16)

To see an updated referral guideline form for East Cheshire click here.

 Mediscan Inclusion and Exclusion Update - West Cheshire (22/11/16)

 Please click here for an update on which patients can be seen through the Mediscan service. This is a referral pathway for patients with a GP in the West Cheshire area.

 Northern Optometric Society 2016-17 (29/9/16)

Please click here to see the new continuing education training schedule for the NOS.

 LOCSU News Update (12/8/16)

Please click here for the July/August 2016 update

 New LOCSU Hot Brief (30/7/16)

Please click here to download

 To all practices in Central Cheshire area (And those in East and West Cheshire who see patients from the Central area) (16/7/16)

Central Cheshire area comprises of Vale Royal and South Cheshire CCGs and contains the following towns: Northwich, Winsford, Crewe, Middlewich, Nantwich, Alsager, Sandbach, Weaverham.

Several changes are taking place in this area over the next few weeks. Please read up on the links below as this WILL have a significant effect on your business if you don't get involved.

New glaucoma repeat reading service

New cataract referral

New post cataract follow ups - Leighton

 New Hot Brief - Important Information (16/7/16)

 The latest hot brief is now available to download, which has important information on Capita GOS payments and CET grant claims. Please click here to view.

 Eastern Cheshire Cataract Referral Change

There is no longer an enhanced service for cataract referrals in Eastern Cheshire. Please refer all cataract referrals via a GOS18 to the GP.

  LOCSU April News Update

To see the LOSCU news update for April please click here.

 The Accessible Information Standard: Update on implementation in primary care

 Please click here to see the new update from the Optical Confederation.

  West Cheshire Minor Eye Conditions - Complaint Form

 At a Western Cheshire Eye Health Group meeting recently, the CCG have asked for ALL concerns about the Minor Eye Conditions Service to be reported on the attached form, however trivial.

 They are hoping to gather more evidence on the performance of the contract. It would also be useful if Optometrists could report any patients not referred to this scheme if they think service/treatment would be better elsewhere.

 If you are unhappy with the service this is the way to demonstrate to the commissioners that the service is underperforming so please take the time to fill out the form.

 Please could you complete the form whenever there is concern.

 Complaint form

 Cheshire Mobile Vision Support Unit

There is a mobile vision support unit which operates round several sites throughout Cheshire. For more information follow the link below:

To find an updated schedule click on the 'Our Services' tab and then select 'Mobile Units'. This schedule is subject to change so it is advisable to contact the mobile unit on 01244 381515 (Monday to Friday 10am-2.30pm) to confirm the location before travelling over.

Leighton Hospital Post Cataract Service

This service is currently being finalised by PECC. If your an optometrist in the area and would be interested in carrying out these post operative assessments please email an expression of interest ASAP including practice details, practitioner details and GOC number to Sandie McBennett:

Practices/Contractors will also need to complete the following:

- QIO Level 1

- QIO LOC Company Subcontractor Checklist

- Infection Control Audit

- Insurance Certificate Copy

Practitioners/Optometrists need to complete the following:

- WOPEC Cataract Module (free codes available by emailing Sandie)

- DOCET Safeguarding adults and children Level 1 and 2

Once you have all submissions ready please email Sandie to confirm.


We have identified a problem with  WET AMD referrals either due to a locum from outside the area not knowing the correct pathway, or one of our patients attending a practice outside our area. This is  especially an issue for domi providers who work over several PCT areas.  In both scenarios the referral seems to end up at the GP and even if they refer it urgently it sometimes  goes to the wrong hospital. Several patients have ended up on the wrong pathway due to this.

As you know,  WET AMD can progress within weeks to irreversible eye damage and blindness. This is a risk to the patients vision and to the referring optometrist. Missed and inappropriately referred  WET AMD has now overtaken RD as the biggest reason for ending up at the GOC.

Please follow the referral pathway on this website. To find details outside this area, please check the appropriate LOC website for that area. 


Below is a useful link to help you search for a G.P's name and/or address.

To search for a G.P click here.