Sheffield Local Optometric Committee

Sheffield LOC Meeting 29th March 2004

Present

Rob Hughes, David Timmins, Alex Gage, Shirley Blundell, Sue Stentiford, David Shepherd, Will Walters

In attendance

Christine Hagin

Apologies

Gerry Cowley, David Inman, Mike Daybell

Guest

Norman Cryton, Team Manager, Sensory Impairment

Minutes of the last meeting

The minutes of the last meeting held on 19th January 2004 were amended. Section 2. Matters arising (No.vi ) the initials should read GOC and AOC.

Matters arising

Guest Norman Cryton who manages the Social Services Department for impaired vision, came to discuss the new regulations regarding patient registration. He informed the committee that form BD8 has been replaced by form CV1. Mr Cryton handed out copies of the form CV1 to the committee. Questions were raised by committee members’, over concerns that referrals will be appropriate. The committee agreed that a clinical audit could take place via committee members’ practices regarding patient referral. The committee agreed that the audit will be one month of patient referrals that will then be monitored for five months. Requests were made to Norman Cryton for more guidance for optometrists with regard to the patient pathways etc and length of time the procedure may take.

Diabetic questionnaire survey results. Sue Stentiford handed out copies to the committee. Chris Brand of the STHT (Sheffield Teaching Hospital Trust), has a list of the ten top screeners in Sheffield. He has asked Sue for the results of the Survey. The committee agreed that David Shepherd and Sue Stentiford would ask Chris Brand regarding how to organise who will receive funding for cameras. This will take place at the Diabetic Screening committee meeting the following week. Alex Gage suggested that Link Chain, an independent business, would be willing to broker between the STHT and Optometrist Practices re who will receive the funding. The total amount of funding is £200,000 over a period of 3 years.

Correspondence

None

Any Other Business

David Shepherd said that he would resign from the diabetic screening committee at the next meeting. David said he would stay on until Robert Hughes can replace David on the committee in January 2005.

Sue Stentiford asked Alex Gage if optometrists are going to be paid for filling in the Cataract Service record sheet for post-operative data. Alex said that optoms would be paid £10 per form.

West PCT PEC Post – Alex Gage is to ask Louise Granger from Martin Johnson Opticians in Hillsborough regarding this.

Date for next meeting

Pre AGM on the 26th April 2004 at Fulwood House, Board Room at 7.00pm.

AGM on the 17th May 2004 at Fulwood House, Board Room at 7.00pm.

The meeting was closed at 21.00.

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