Latest News Claiming your CET Allowance 2016

The allowance for CET undertaken in 2015 in England has increased to £540. The window for submitting claims is 1 July 2016 – 31 October 2016 Download the claim form here: CET Claim Form 2016.

The address to send completed forms is Ophthalmic Payments Services, Primary Care Support England, PO Box 350, Darlington, DL1 9QN.

For a copy of the CET claim form go to

Name & address of the Area Team from whom the CET allowance payment is claimed
David Brown
Assistant contracts Manager- NHS England –West Midlands
St Chads Court
213 Hagley Rd
B16 9RG

Promote Eye Health Week

national eye health

The seventh annual National Eye Health Week (NEHW) will take place 19 – 25 September 2016. Once again, eye care charities, organisations and health professionals from across the UK are joining together to promote the importance of eye health and the need for regular sight tests for all.

We would like every Walsall Optical Practices to take part in the Eye Health Week.

Once you’ve decided how you’d like to get involved in National Eye Health Week, simply:

Let us know the name of your organisation and what you have planned. We will be producing publicity materials which you will be able to order from this website.
Are you staging an activity for National Eye Health Week?
As long as it is in support of the aims of National Eye Health Week, we will send you poster templates so that you can customise them and publicise your event.
We will help promote your event by placing it on the calendar section of the website.
Keep visiting the website for up-to-date information, tips and ideas.
If you haven’t decided on an activity, have a look on the website at what others are doing.
Could you do something similar?

Please do your best to support this campaign and promote the importance of eye health because vision really matters.
At least display National Eye Health Week leaflets and posters.
More information about National Eye Health Week can be found here:

Launch event is a success!!


Our Launch Event was a success! Thank you to all of those that attended, we really do hope these schemes benefit the people of Walsall. The official ribbon cutting was done by Councillor Rose Martin who praised the launch of the services.

The presentation for the evening can be found here:

Walsall Enhanced Services Launch Evening

If you would like more information, do not hesitate to get in touch with us.



Our treasurer keeping tabs of finances!




Fantastic turnout!


Aisha doing her presentation


Walsall LOC the crew – very excited about the schemes


Rose Martin – cutting the Ribbon


A big round of applause for ribbon cutting


Phil Griffin – Commissioner


Dave Stevens – our Chair

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Walsall LOC successful in bid to provide enhanced services!

enhanced services launch

We are pleased to announce that Walsall LOC have been successful in negotiating the introduction of the three new enhance services.

We have won the bid, via the AQP process to provide :

Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS)
Intra-ocular Pressure (I.O.P) Repeat Readings Service
Cataract Pre- and Post- Referral Pathway

Contractors need to complete

·         Quality in Optometry Level 1

·         Quality in Optometry NHS Standard Contract Checklist (All 3 parts)

to be completed as soon as possible

·         Copy of practice Employers & Public Liability Insurance

·         Comply with Walsall CCG Safeguarding Policy

Practitioners need to complete

·         WOPEC/LOCSU Pears accreditation certificate covering both

lectures and OSCEs

·         DOCET Children safeguarding certificate

·         DOCET Adult safeguarding certificate

Services start date is 1st March 2016

We are holding a Launch event on: Tuesday 19th January 2016 at 6.30pm to be held at:
Walsall Village Hotel Tempus Drive,Tempus Drive,Tempus Ten,Walsall, WS2 8TJ.

Those contractors who wish to provide the services please complete the  Primary Eyecare WM Walsall Optomanager Registration form

We will let you know when the OSCE’s are taking place, please make sure you have done all the online WOPEC training for the three schemes.

Please confirm your interest and which services you are likely to provide. This is so we can add practices’ names and addresses to leaflets, promoting PEARS.

Could contractors provide the names of performers who will be delivering the service(s).

Walsall LOC promotes National Eye Health Week


Walsall LOC and Walsall public health had a joint venture to promote national eye health awareness week and to discuss the importance of eye health and regular eye examinations to the general public.

On Monday 22nd Sept Joanne Tutt our CET officer and members of public health set up a stall outside the main Tesco store in Walsall talking to shoppers about the importance of sight tests. Tuesday’s event was inside the saddlers centre where an unused shop was commandeered for the day as a base. Shamina, Aneesa and Aisha (LOC members) took control of this event and did a sterling job of creating interest in all aspects of eye health. They were involved in giving out ‘healthy’ foods to promote the importance of nutrition and eye health.

Wednesday consisted of a meeting of ‘Walsall over 50s forum’. This group helps promote any issues that affect the more mature members of the community. Our Chair went to have a discussion about any issues that were of concern to this particular group about eye health.

This is the first time there was such a fantastic event organised and hopefully we encouraged members of the public to think about their eyes! Thank you to all involved!