National Optical Conference
Where: Chesford Grange Hotel, Kenilworth, Nr. Warwick CV8 2LD
The National Optical Conference is the key event in the calendar for those involved or looking to join their Local Optical Committees or those delivering eye health services through a Primary Eyecare Company.
This year’s NOC will again focus on practical skills which delegates will find invaluable in their day-to-day role on the LOC or PEC. Delegates will be able to choose from a range of workshops that suit both newly-elected or experienced LOC Officers. Among the topics will be tactics for running a successful LOC and collaborating with ophthalmology departments to improve local eye health services.
Delegates will also benefit from:
- Latest on the NHS changes to commissioning of services
- Targeted support for those working in Primary Eyecare Company roles
- Unrivalled networking opportunities
- Further learning and development opportunities to become an optical leader
|Time||Session name||CET points|
|5.00pm - 6.00pm||Meet the LOCSU Team|
|5.00pm - 6.00pm||LOC Chairs Meeting|
|6.00pm - 6.30pm||Central Optical Fund AGM|
|Time||Session name||CET points|
|8.00am - 9.00am||Registration, tea and coffee|
|9.00am - 9.15am||Welcome and Scene Setting|
|9.15am - 10.00am||
Change and the NHS
|10.00am - 11.00am||Developing LOCs and PEC roles|
|10.00am - 11.00am||Effective LOC Communications|
|10.00am - 11.00am||LOC Governance (including GDPR)|
|10.00am - 11.00am||Pathway Redesign|
|10.00am - 11.00am||Workforce Mobilisation|
|11.00am - 11.30am||Exhibition, tea and coffee|
|11.30am - 12.30pm||Developing LOCs and PEC roles|
|11.30am - 12.30pm||Effective LOC Communications|
|11.30am - 12.30pm||LOC Governance (including GDPR)|
|11.30am - 12.30pm||Pathway Redesign|
|11.30am - 12.30pm||Workforce Mobilisation|
|12.30pm - 1.00pm||LOCSU Website/LOCNET Platform update|
|1.00pm - 2.00pm||Lunch and networking|
|2.00pm - 2.40pm||LOCSU Strategy|
|2.40pm - 3.00pm||NHS England|
|3.00pm - 3.15pm||Presentations|
|3.15pm - 3.45pm||
|3.45pm - 4.45pm||
Making the Change
|4.45pm - 5.00pm||Tea, coffee and networking|
WEDNESDAY 14 NOVEMBER
19.00 Drinks Reception
19.45 Conference Dinner and entertainment
Dress Code: Lounge suits
Please note that the drinks reception, dinner and entertainment is included for residential delegates. If you are a non-residential delegate but would like to attend the drinks reception and dinner, please select the ‘NOC non-residential delegate - attending dinner’ rate.
THURSDAY 15 NOVEMBER
The following workshops will be taking place at 10.00 and 11.30 on Thursday morning. Please ensure that you select two of the five workshops accordingly.
LOC Governance (including GDPR)Aimed at LOC Officers and members this fun and interactive gameshow outlines the legal and governance issues which LOCs must comply with, concentrating on the recent introduction of General Data Protection Regulation.
(Delivered by Rupesh Bagdai, Lisa Stonham, Richard Knight)
Effective LOC CommunicationsExploring the rationale for business communication and the components of a good communication plan. The workshop explores media publicity, communication with contractors and performers and effective two-way communication between LOCs and LOCSU. Includes a practical exercise around the launch of a new local service.
(Delivered by Chris McGachy, Martin Russ, Emma Pierce)
Developing LOCs and PEC rolesAimed at anyone thinking about joining the LOC or Primary Eyecare Company the interactive session will look the new roles and opportunities being developed with the evolution of the LOC and the formation of a consolidated national PEC.
(Delivered by Richard Rawlinson, Simone Mason, Dharmesh Patel)
Pathway RedesignWith Acute Trusts evolving the way eye health services are commissioned and delivered, this workshop will explore pathway model and operational issues of designing services differently and working with Ophthalmology.
(Delivered by Christiane Shrimpton, Katrina Venerus, intro by Richard Whittington)
Workforce MobilisationFocussing on the introduction of community monitoring this workshop will look at upskilling the local workforce in training and equipment required to deliver a range of pathways such as post-cataract, glaucoma and macular degeneration.
(Delivered Zoe Richmond, Nizz Sabir, Chris Newall)
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