Staffordshire Local Optical Committee at Staffordshire Local Optical Committee

ABOUT US

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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) 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

5) 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
Optometry Workforce Development Grants
Staffordshire LOC is delighted to report that it has secured a grant from NHS England towards the training and upskilling of optometrists from Staffordshire-based community optical practices, and we would like to share news of this opportunity with our colleague practitioners.
Referral Refinement Event Slides - 24th January 2019
The slides from the Referral Refinement Event of 24th January can be viewed here.
Qi0 Common Themes and Learning
Following the submissions of the QiOs and the selection of assurance visits that have taken place following these submissions, NHS England would like to clarify some information around some question/areas which are part of the assurance requirements for ophthalmic services.

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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