Staffordshire Local Optical Committee at Staffordshire Local Optical Committee


Your LOC


Welcome to our website.

Staffordshire LOC is a statutory NHS body, representing all local optometrists and dispensing opticians who provide services through the General Ophthalmic Services (GOS), encouraging them to maintain and further improve the high standards of eye care provided for the people of Staffordshire...


What does the LOC do?

The LOC represents the interests of its optometrists and dispensing opticians and acts as local interface with the NHS, and all other health related organisations and providers who wish to deal collectively with its members...

Currently the LOC:

i) Informs, advises and negotiates with the 6 CCG's and the NHS Staffordshire and Shropshire Local Area Team

ii) Is represented at the Local Health Economy Ophthalmology (LHE) Group by LOC Chair Stewart Townsend and Vice Chair - Irfan Razvi

iii) One of the LOC's officers (Shelley Stubbs) serves as Chair of the Local Eye Health Network (LEHN)

iv) Has been developing community eye care schemes across the 6 CCG's

v) Is represented on the board of LOCSU.  Stewart Townsend is LOC Representative for Midlands & East region and Mike Cody is ABDO representative

vi) Provides training and assessment for all clinicians.  LOC officer Mark McCracken is a trained and accredited LOCSU Lead Assessor and three committee members  are working towards attainment of peer facilitator accreditation

vii) Is represented on the Staffordshire Diabetic Eye Screening Board by LOC officer Ian Meadows


Can I attend meetings of the LOC?

All optometrists, dispensing opticians and pre-reg students working in Staffordshire are welcome to attend LOC meetings as observers... 




What's happening locally and nationally
PCSE Optician Update October 2016
Please see below the recent update from Primary Care Support England
Medical Retina Teaching Evening
University Hospital of North Midlands have joined forces with the diabetic team to arrange a medical retina teaching evening on:

Tuesday 8th November at North Staffs Medical Institute.
6.00pm for a 6.30pm start. Food will be provided.
National Eye Health Week - 19th - 25th September 2016
National Eye Health Week is from 19th - 25th September 2016


Other online resources for professionals and public




College of Optometrists:

College of Optometrists Clinical Management Guidelines:

Diabetes UK:

Eyecare Trust:


International Glaucoma Asssociation:


Macula Society:

NICE Clinical Guideline on Glaucoma (quick reference guide):

NHS England:


Quality in Optometry:



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