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
NHS Cataract Clinic Rowley Hall Hospital - Temporary Closure
Rowley Hall Hospital in Stafford have advised that in recent weeks they have had a huge increase in NHS cataract referrals from Opticians and GPs which has resulted in very limited clinic and theatre capacity.
Notice of Glaucoma Referral Refinement Scheme
As you may be aware, Primary Eyecare (Shropshire & Staffordshire) Ltd (SAS PEC) have been in talks with South East Staffs & Seisdon CCG regarding the commissioning of a Glaucoma Referral Refinement scheme. I am pleased to advise you that we have now received agreement for this service which SASPEC hopes will launch in May.
Notice of MECS Scheme in South Staffordshire
As you may be aware, Primary Eyecare (Shropshire & Staffordshire) Ltd (SAS PEC) have been in talks with the CCGs from Stafford & Surrounds, Cannock Chase and South East Staffs & Seisdon regarding the commissioning of a Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS), formally known as PEATS, and recommissioning the service in the case of Stafford & Surrounds and Cannock Chase. I am pleased advise you that we have now received agreement from all 3 CCGs for this service which SASPEC hopes will launch in April for those already on the scheme in Stafford & Surrounds and Cannock Chase practices, and May for practices in the South East Staffordshire & Seisdon areas


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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