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
Staffordshire LOC are holding both a GRR and MECS/PEARS OSCEs event on Monday 13th March. This event is for Optometrists practicing in the Staffordshire area, who would like to gain accreditation to either Glaucoma Referral Refinement or PEARS/MECS schemes (or both).

Continuing Community Services Under SASPEC Company Model
As you will be aware we have now had formal agreement from the North Staffordshire & Stoke on Trent CCGs, to re-commission the following pathways under the Company Model (SASPEC):
•Acute Eye Services
•Glaucoma Services
•Pre & Post Operative Cataract Services
•Paediatric Shared Care
Expressions of Interest for North Staffs & Stoke Eyecare Services Re-launch
Primary Eyecare Shropshire & Staffordshire Ltd (SASPEC) - the LOC Company, has been in discussions with North Staffordshire & Stoke on Trent CCGs with the aim of re-launching the current shared care pathways using the LOCSU company model.

We are pleased to confirm that the CCG have agreed our proposal to re-commission these pathways with a managed service provided by SASPEC. This means that SASPEC will deal with the running and management of the service and individual practices will sub-contract to SASPEC rather than the CCG.


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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