Sheffield Local Optometric Committee

Sheffield LOC meeting 20th October 2014

Minutes of Local Optical Committee Meeting 20 October 2014

Present: Rob Hughes (RH-Chairman), Deborah Mullens (DM-Secretary), Helen Bailey (HB- Treasurer), East Patel (EP), Dee Singh (DS), James Allen (JA), Rob Hobson (RO), Azad Nawaz (AN)
Attendees: Karen Williams (Minutes)
Apologies: Gerry Cowley, Tanveer Hussain, Shirley Blundell, Lynda Liddament, Mike Daybell Meeting started- 7:40 PM
Agenda
SRSB Meetings
New Treatment for WET Armd
Any Other Business

SRSB Meetings
DM – I was approached by Lindsay Hughes (who was ‘Low Vision Lead’ at the Hallamshire Hospital) who requested that a LOC member attend some of the SRSB meetings when there is a topic of relevance so LOC could have some input. There is going to be a new co-ordinator from the Orthoptics Department so I suggested that we ask for a list of potential topics in advance then a LOC member could attend when there is something of relevance being discussed.
New treatment for WET ARMD
DM – There is a new treatment being used at the Hallamshire Hospital for WET Macular Degeneration. This is a new treatment and it will not replace conventional treatments i.e. injections, completely, the aim is that it reduces the number of injections that someone has to have. It is a low dose X Ray which will be an adjunct to the usual treatment, at the moment it is a trial treatment and only patients already being treated on the NHS will be offered the treatment. The Medical Retina Clinic will assess if someone is suitable for the treatment, it means the patient doesn’t have to come so often for treatments of injections.
Other Business
HB – Had a patient that was discharged from hospital was regarded as stable Glaucoma but was still being seen every six months and is still on treatment. Was told she had to keep check on the patient for further issues.
RH – Concerning potential discharges for OHT we have to use nice guidelines.
JA – If the patient has normal discs and fields then that’s ok but we can’t take responsibility for checking these cases as we don’t really know what is not normal and when to refer back to the hospital.
RH – When the LOC Company is working smoothly we can bring up these problems with the CCG but at the moment they will not want to make any changes to the present procedures.
AN – Manchester does glaucoma shared care; do we know what their criteria are for monitoring patients?
DS – Can we find out how they have organised shared care in Manchester and what their guidelines are?
HB – Do we know how much it costs for patients to be seen at the Hallamshire Hospital?
JA – Glaucoma is complicated and unpredictable disease so it would be hard for Optoms to follow up. There is too much variability in the disease for Optoms to be responsible for the care of these patients.
EP – We had a discussion a while ago about having locums on the LOC website.
RH – I put the word out about this but no one ever came back to me.
DS – Can locums register on the website directly?
DM – Not at the moment but we could set this up, I get a few emails every month with various questions.
RH – There is a Behavioural Optometry meeting in January and I have been asked by to promote the event. It is at Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, Riverside East, on Monday 26 January 2015 from 6.00 PM until 8.00 PM.
HB – The Sheffield LOC Company has been awarded the AQP contract today.
JA – How about doing a PEER review after Christmas?
AZ – Can I suggest we do a PEER Review for DOs and Optoms and possibly the lens suppliers could sponsor the event and give a talk at the beginning?
Everyone thought this was a good idea so a PEER review is planned for early in the New Year.

Meeting ended 8.20 PM. Next LOC Meeting is on Tuesday 2 December.

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