May 17th 2017

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2017: Wed 17th May, Dunkenhalgh Hotel, Clayton-le-Moors. 6pm finger buffet for 6:30pm start. Mr David will present a CET lecture entitled 'OCT in Practice'. Approved for 1 CET point for optometrists and dispensing opticians.

May 12th 2016

- ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2016: Thursday 19th May, Dunkenhalgh Hotel, Clayton-le-Moors. 6pm finger buffet for 6:30pm start. Mr Shankar will present a CET lecture entitled 'Glaucoma: the jigsaw'. Approved for 1 CET point for optometrists, therapeutic optometrists and dispensing opticians. For the full AGM agenda, click here

Thursday 14 May 2015

- ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2015: Dunkenhalgh Hotel, Clayton le Moors, BB5 5JP on Thursday 14 May 2015 commencing 6.00pm for 6.30pm. A finger buffet will be available and to facilitate catering could you let David Noblett know if you are attending. Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians welcome. Bertie Fernando will present a talk "Update on Orbit and Ocuplastics" with the objective of identifying common lid malposition. 1 interactive CET point is being applied for. The formal Agenda for the AGM will be posted on the website prior to the meeting but will include the Chairman's Annual Report and the presentation of Accounts and Budgets by the Treasurer. We are also required to elect Officers to your LOC and appoint Auditors. The Agenda will include an outline of the Integrated Eyecare Services due to commence on 1st July 2015. If you require a copy of our Agenda and Minutes please let David Noblett know. The LOC is your statutory representative body but should you not wish to be represented please let us know.

Feb 3rd 2015

- A presentation by Andrew Price entitled “Contact Lens Discomfort and Evaporative Dry Eyes-The Missing Link“ will be held at the Dunkenhalgh Hotel, Clayton le Moors - Finger buffet at 6.30pm, lecture at 7.00pm. One CET point. Please contact David Noblett (email above in the header) if not already booked a place.

May 6th 2014 -

As part of the AGM at Dunkenhalgh Hotel just off J8 on the m65. Dr Margaret Woodhouse, Senior Lecturer at the School of Optometry, Cardiff University has agreed to come along and give a presentation entitled "CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES: WHY, WHAT, HOW." This should be a very informative evening and we are lucky to have been able to have Margaret coming to speak to us. As you will know Margaret has a an interest in children with Downs Syndrome and health care needs of children and adults with learning difficulties as well as looking at how visual impairment affects education and daily living needs. Should be a good interesting evening.

Jan 27th 2014 - Peer review event at the Clayton Park Conference Centre just off J8 on the m65.

July, 2013 "Hello, I am currently doing some interim optometric advice for the Local Area Team. Please be informed that the claims for the CET payment, as in previous years, need to be sent to the claims section LaSCA as before. LaSCA is now called NHS England-Primary Care Support Services (Preston Office) and the address is PCSS Preston Office, 3 Caxton Road, Fulwood, Preston. PR2 9ZZ.

Here is a link to download a claim form: http://www.lasca.nhs.uk/images/cet-claim-form.pdf

The address of the Local Area Team is: NHS England (Lancashire), Floor 2, Preston Business Centre, Watling Street, Preston PR2 8DY. Kind Regards, Ruth Cuthbert"

Thursday 23 May 2013 - AGM & Lecture: Dry Eyes - The Annual General Meeting of the Local Optometric Committee will be held on Thursday, 23 May 2013 at the Dunkenhalgh Hotel at 7.00pm. Hot food will be available from 6.15pm. The meeting will start with a lecture by Mr Andrew Price FBOA(Hons) CL, COA (USA) entitled "Treat the Cause of Dry Eyes not the Symptoms ". We firmly believe this lecture will be of interest to many of those involved in general practice and the ophthalmology community. All optometrists and GPs have been invited. After the lecture we will hold our AGM and further details will be posted on the website. If you are able to attend the lecture could you inform me at the email in the logo above to facilitate catering and to prepare the Register for the CET point.

Clayton Park on Monday 25th March 2013 6:15pm. An interactive CET point has been approved for optometrists under the competencies of : Professional Conduct and Communication

Here is a brief summary:
Staying out of Trouble:
Presented by Trevor Warburton BSc FCOptom, Clinical advisor to the AOP legal services dept.
The AOP is the biggest malpractice insurance provider to the optometric profession in the UK. It deals with hundreds of complaints and civil cases against optometrists every year and the number of cases in which the GOC are involved is rising fast. 
Good record keeping has never been more essential to everyday practice. Although records are designed to aid the patient's future eye care they can also be an optometrist's best defence.
In this lecture, we examine where it can go wrong. Using real life case examples, we learn about common issues and how they can be avoided.
We remind practitioners about the rules, regulations and legislation that govern their every move, asking them to think about what they would do in a given situation. 
Referrals are an important part of the patient journey. We will examine how to refer effectively and clearly, with the correct urgency and using the correct method for the benefit of patients and practitioners alike.
By the end of this lecture, the optometrist will have learned to "think defensively" but also how be a safer practitioner overall.

Food will be served from 6:15pm for a 7pm lecture and question & answer session.
Location: Clayton Park Conference Centre, just off junction 7 of the M65

Those interested in attending should contact the East Lancs LOC's secretary Mr David Noblett so we know numbers for catering purposes:
Post: Mr. D. Noblett, Secretary, East Lancs Area LOC, 5 Ratten Lane, Hutton, Preston, PR4 5TE. 
Phone: 01772 616798
Email: see the logo above

The lecture will be filmed by OT Live for later publication but attendance on the night is required for an interactive CET point.
Those unsure of the new enhanced CET scheme can find a brief video animation here to explain the changes: http://www.optometry.co.uk/multimedia/view-video?id=2157207751001

The LOC are currently working with the PCT on launching an ocular hypertension and stable glaucoma monitoring shared care scheme this Spring, 2013. Although it involves core skills, only accredited practitioners will be eligible to take part. To qualify, free CET approved training is provided by WOPEC - Glaucoma level 1 and level 2 training can be completed by virtual lecture on CD ROM followed by MCQs. Once passed, practitioners will be invited to a practical skills assessment (date and location to be confirmed) in order to join the shared care scheme. To obtain a WOPEC code for free access to the training CD ROM contact Newbank Optical on 01254 661234 and leave your contact details and email address.

The LOC is planning in-house CET events and these will be announced in due course. In the meantime, free video CET can always be found at the OT website.

27th August 2012 - The Lancashire Optical Society lecture program has been announced for 2012-13. Click here to visit their website.

27th June 2012 - Cataracts - Diagnosis, Assessment and Management:
Cataract Scheme Re- Launch Event. 6.00 – 9.00pm. Room 3. Walshaw House. Regent Street. Nelson. BB9 8SQ.
Abstract : Refresher covering cataract types, contra-indications for surgery, procedures, complications, sequelae and post-operative management, latest developments in surgery. An update on OHT/suspect COAG pathway developments will also be given. Points   : 1.00. You can view the CET at https://www.cetoptics.com/provider/courses/view/19178/

1ST MAY 2012 - Mr Annaswami Vijaykumar will join us to give a CET accredited presentation entitled "To Refer or Not Refer" at this year's AGM