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Richard Whittington named chief executive of LOCSU

The chief executive was previously chief operating officer for the organisation

Richard Whittington
The Local Optical Committee Support Unit’s (LOCSU) former chief operating officer, Richard Whittington, has been appointed chief executive of the organisation.

Mr Whittington joined LOCSU in 2016. The promotion recognises the “strong leadership,” he has provided, as well as the “hard work and commitment” he has shown, said LOCSU chairman, Mike Fegan.

Within the new role, Mr Whittington’s focus will be to “ensure LOCSU provides the support that local optical committees (LOCs), regional networks of LOCs and Primary Eyecare Company’s (PECs) need to deliver the aims and ambitions of the sector,” Mr Fegan explained.

Speaking about the appointment, Mr Whittington said: “I am very pleased to take on this enhanced role within LOCSU. There is much to do.”

He explained: “The NHS is proposing significant structural reform and the new Outpatient Transformation Programme is focusing first on ophthalmology.

“All LOCs and PECs will have to be supported to help deliver significantly expanded capacity to deliver primary care led services closer to home. With a proposed IT connectivity solution upcoming and together with the LOCSU pathways, this is something we be should be able to do.”