Staffordshire Local Optical Committee at Staffordshire Local Optical Committee

ABOUT US

Your LOC

Welcome!

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:

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

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

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

4) Is represented on the board of LOCSU.  Mike Cody is ABDO representative

5) 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

6) 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... 

 

 

NEWS

What's happening locally and nationally
Casual Vacancy on Staffordshire Local Optical Committee
Following the resignation of one of its members, a casual vacancy has arisen on Staffordshire Local Optical Committee. The LOC is keen that this position should be filled by a local performer - i.e. an optometrist who is performing primary ophthalmic services in the Staffordshire area.
MECS Direct Electronic Routine Referrals to Cannock Chase Hospital
Whilst the quality and safety of South Staffordshire MECS is increasingly being remarked upon by GPs and commissioners, a number of local GPs have expressed some frustration that routine referrals from MECS are still being made through the GP in most instances, rather than directly to the Eye Department. Whilst this is largely a historical anomaly, one can sympathise with GPs when they grumble that they are performing little more than a clerical service, as they will rarely (if ever) deflect such referrals to the Eye Department if requested to make them by the optometrist.
Phasing out of Optician Practice Screening
By now, you should have all received a letter from Helen Jones, Staffordshire DESP Programme Manager, advising you of the gradual phasing out of diabetic eye screening from opticians' practices, to be replaced by NHS screening sites. Many of you have asked the LOC for its view on the matter.

USEFUL LINKS

Other online resources for professionals and public

ABDO: http://www.abdo.org.uk/

AOP: http://www.aop.org.uk/

BCLA: http://www.bcla.org.uk/

College of Optometrists: http://www.college-optometrists.org/en/home.cfm

College of Optometrists Clinical Management Guidelines: http://www.college-optometrists.org/en/professional-standards/clinical_management_guidelines/index.cfm

Diabetes UK: http://www.diabetes.org.uk/

Eyecare Trust: http://www.eyecaretrust.org.uk/

FODO: http://www.fodo.com/

International Glaucoma Asssociation: http://www.glaucoma-association.com/index.html

LOCSU: http://www.locsu.co.uk/

Macula Society: http://www.macularsociety.org/

NICE Clinical Guideline on Glaucoma (quick reference guide): http://www.nice.org.uk/nicemedia/live/12145/43791/43791.pdf

NHS England: http://www.england.nhs.uk/

OCCS: http://www.opticalcomplaints.co.uk/

Quality in Optometry:  http://www.qualityinoptometry.co.uk/

RNIB: http://www.rnib.org.uk/Pages/Home.aspx

 

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