Staffordshire Local Optical Committee at Staffordshire Local Optical Committee


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

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

4) Provides training and assessment for all clinicians.  LOC officer Mark McCracken and Training Sub-group lead Judy Lea are both trained and accredited LOCSU Lead Assessors 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... 




What's happening locally and nationally
Staffordshire LOC on Social Media
Staffordshire LOC has now launched its own Facebook and Twitter accounts. These will help to keep practitioners up to date with local and national news and developments, together with Public Health updates for patients.
GOS 1 Returns and Early Re-test Reason Codes
A number of you have contacted Staffordshire LOC because you have had a number of GOS claims (particularly GOS 1 forms) returned to you by PCSE recently. Apparently this is happening across the board, and there has been a recent spike in the volume of returns.
Seeing Beyond the Eyes Event 18/06/2018
Please find below a link to, Seeing Beyond the Eyes CET event which is going to be held in Wolverhampton on 5th September. The seminar is designed to help optometrists and dispensing opticians to learn more about supporting patients with sight loss, and provides information about specialist services and referral pathways


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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