MECS (Minor Eye Conditions Service)
Bedford CCG plans to launch a MECS in North and Mid Beds as soon as it can.
A sample service specification for Contractors can be found here. This shows the conditions that are eligible and the responsibilities of the practice in terms of appointments and follow up. The proposed fee for a first visit is £55 per patient condition. Any follow ups for the same condition are included in that fee and can not be claimed for. It is intended to get as many practitioners qualified in order for the scheme to launch.
It is proposed that patients attending any optical or GP practice with a condition on the list will be given a leaflet detailing all practices and practitioners who are on the approved list. To be on the approved list you will need to complete the WOPEC MECS module which will be funded by the LOC. Once we have enough practitioners who have submitted their WOPEC certificate then the LOC will run a practical examination in accordance with LOCSU/College guidance. Those that pass this examination will be accredited. Guidance on the practical exam issued by the College can be found here.
In order to receive your code to complete WOPEC you will need to email our LOC Company. Once you have completed the WOPEC training please send a COPY of your certificate to LOC Company so you can be entered on a list of those waiting for part 2 examination. Please pass this email on to any other practitioners in your practice who may be interested and ask them to sign up to receive updates via this link or the Bedfordshire LOC Website.
At present there is no interest from Luton CCG in this service however they are hoping to re-launch the Cataract referral service with the L and D soon.
If you need any further details please call David Brett-Williams on 07790 272625.