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CET Grant 2019

Further information and the claim for for the 2019 CET Grant can be found at the following link:




Hertfordshire LOC Committee Meeting on Monday 7th October 2019

The next meeting of the Hertfordshire LOC will be on Monday 7th October 2019, at a venue to be confirmed. Usually starting at 6.30pm, this will be confirmed nearer the time.


CET Evening on Monday 18th November 2019 at the BioPark, Welwyn Garden City

The next CET event will be on Monday 18th November 2019 at the BioPark in Welwyn Garden City (Click For Location Details), starting at 6.30pm. Invitations to follow to everyone on the Hertfordshire LOC mailing list.


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Herts Valley Community Opthalmology Service (CHEC)- IMPORTANT

You may have received a letter recently from the CCG about this new service, following an introduction evening on 30th November.

The letter states that all non urgent referrals now need to go through the CHEC portal and should not go to the GP.

Please be assured that there is NO legal requirement to send your referrals this way- you are entitled to continue to send your GOS 18s to your GP as stated in our NHS contracts if you wish. If any referrals are sent back to you from the GP, please let me know as we will need to take it up with them. 

You should continue to send emergency/ urgent and 2week appointments in your usual way.

If you have an arrangement with your local hospital for direct cataract referral (eg, Moorfields, L&D), you should continue to refer directly to them and not involve CHEC.

I hope this makes sense and I am sorry that you are receiving conflicting advice. We are meeting with the CCG and the new provider (CHEC) at the end of the week so will try to resolve these issues. We are also looking to talk to them about the excessive mandatory training so will come back with any progress.

Kind regards,

Herts LOC chair








The last meeting of the Hertfordshire LOC was on Monday 24th June 2019, at the BioPark in Welwyn Garden City.






Herts LOC held their last AGM on 25th March at the BioPark in WGC.  It  was an excellent opportunity for practitioners to find out about the LOC, the work that is done to represent practices (the industry), and how we can influence the direction and decisions that are made.




In times of change, such as changes in the NHS and the introduction of enhanced services in other areas, it is vital that we are heard and do everything we can to protect our patients and practices.




Each year now, one third of the LOC is up for election and we are actively seeking Optometrists and DOs with a passion for their roles and a desire to help represent their colleagues.




If you would like any further information about our work or applications to join the committee, please email Dawn on








Message from Janine Collier:


Many thanks for the opportunity to speak with you all on Monday evening.  I hope that you found the talk helpful.


 As an addendum, it is worth me saying that, as you know, the vast majority of optical care is excellent – in fact, when I did my research for this talk, I was surprised at just how few Optical cases had been reported.  My brief was to highlight certain pitfalls and I highlighted just a few cases that have been in the public domain as I can talk about these freely and openly.  All three case studies, perhaps unsurprisingly given the law of averages,  involved two of the largest employers of optometrists (Specsavers and Boots), but the themes and threads can be applied across all practices and were, I hope, food for thought.


Optometry, Ophthalomology & the Law of Negligence - PDF