Partnership working is core to Primary Eyecare Services operations, in particular our partnerships with Local Optical Committees (LOCs) who advise and assist with service commissioning and delivery. All our partners bring specialist knowledge and expertise to the organisation, ensuring that Primary Eyecare Services is delivering NHS enhanced eyecare services across the broadest possible area while working to best-in-class clinical and governance standards and infrastructure.
Primary Eyecare Services has a Memorandum of Understanding with the following LOCs: Ashton, Leigh & Wigan; Avon; Barnet, Enfield, Camden and Haringey; Berkshire; Birmingham; Bolton; Bradford; Brent & Harrow; Buckinghamshire; Calderdale & Kirklees; Central Mersey; Cheshire; Cumbria; Derbyshire; Doncaster & Bassetlaw; Dorset; Dudley; Durham; Ealing & Hounslow; East Sussex; Essex; Gloucestershire; Greater Manchester East; Hampshire; Herefordshire; Hillingdon; Kensington, Chelsea, Westminster, Hammersmith & Fulham; Kingston, Richmond & Twickenham; Lancashire & Morecambe Bay; Leeds, Leicestershire & Rutland; Lincolnshire; Liverpool; Manchester; Merton, Sutton & Wandsworth; Norfolk & Waveney; Northamptonshire; Northumberland, Tyne and Wear; Oxfordshire; Pennine Lancashire; Rotherham & Barnsley, Salford & Trafford; Sandwell; Sefton; Sheffield; Shropshire; Solihull; Staffordshire; Suffolk; Surrey; Tees; Walsall; West Sussex; Wiltshire; Wolverhampton; Worcestershire.
LOCSU is the Local Optical Committee Support Unit, supporting Local Optical Committees (LOCs) in England across a range of activities relating to primary eye care. Their work includes policy work and lobbying, pathway development, commissioning support, governance and compliance support, communication and training. Their role as an eye health innovator sees LOCSU work in collaboration with a wide range of partners across the optical and wider health sectors, to enhance and promote the role of LOCs and primary eye care among health decision makers.
SeeAbility are our Charity of the Year.
They specialise in supporting people who have learning disabilities or autism, who may also have sight loss. Through support, people live ambitious lives and achieve things they never thought possible, whether that’s forming more friendships and relationships, enjoying new experiences and activities or finding employment.
Registered as The Royal School for the Blind, SeeAbility is one of the oldest disability charities in the UK and has pioneered specialist support for over 220 years.
Primary Eyecare Services collaborates with SeeAbility to support effective delivery of Easy Eye Care Service where commissioned.
NHS Confederation - Primary Care Network
Primary Eyecare Services are members of the NHS Confederation Primary Care Network of primary care providers at scale. Dharmesh our Chief Executive is a member of the advisory group which provides strategic oversight of the network, helping to shape the priorities and future direction of the network and ensuring that we can build a strong and effective voice for primary care providers at scale members.
Integral to the transformation and future of the NHS, the NHS Confederation’s vision is for primary care to be valued, supported, well-resourced and empowered to drive innovation, improve population health and reduce health inequalities.
Independent Healthcare Providers Network
Primary Eyecare Services are members of the Independent Healthcare providers network (IHPN).
IHPN plays a leading role by bringing all types of independent healthcare providers together, supporting them to deliver great care to patients, and enabling them to make a positive contribution to UK healthcare. Specifically they support Primary Eyecare Services with various elements of our work to maximise eye care in primary and community settings.
Referral Management Services (RMS) was appointed as Primary Eyecare Services’ long term IT partner in August 2020, following the successful implementation of the OPERA platform to manage the Covid-19 Urgent Eyecare Service (CUES). RMS has experience with optometry referrals, dental referral management and extended services in dentistry. RMS’ agile working and ambitious approach towards future innovation have created a unique partnership which will see RMS and Primary Eyecare Services working together on future developments.