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.
The LOC works towards these aims by organising training for its members and by informing, advisng and negotiating with the NHS England Staffordshire & Shropshire Area Team and Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Groups to ensure that community optometrists and opticians are enabled to provide the new community eye care services that are needed now more than ever for the local population.
Both eye care professionals and the public will find the website a useful source of information. For members of the public, this includes careers information and links to other eye related organisations and charities as well as general eyecare information.
Feel free to browse the site. If you need help or information, or you feel there are other useful items we could include, please contact our secretary Alison Lowell.
What does the LOC do?
Currently the LOC:
1) Informs, advises and negotiates with the 6 CCG's and the NHS Staffordshire and Shropshire Local Area Team on matters affecting, or liable to affect, local contractors and local performers (whether GOS or Community Eye Care services). The LOC conveys the views of local contractors and performers to other NHS and healthcare organisations
2) Has been developing community eye care schemes across the 6 CCG's, strengthening existing pathways in the North and working towards the commissioning of new pathways in the South
3) Is represented on the board of LOCSU. Mike Cody is ABDO representative.
4) Provides training and assessment for all clinicians who wish to participate in community eye care services. LOC officer Mark McCracken is a trained and accredited LOCSU Lead Assessor in PEARS and Glaucoma. Three committee members are working towards attainment of peer facilitator accreditation from The College of Optometrists
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. Whether to find out more about the local community eyecare services, to raise a matter of interest, to become involved with the LOC's work ... or just to share information. The LOC will be delighted to welcome you as its guest. Please phone LOC secretary Alison Lowell on 01785 887937, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
LOC Meeting dates
9th September 2019
11th November 2019
13th January 2020
9th March 2020
11th May 2020
AGM - 9th June 2020
Web version of the minutes of the LOC Committee meeting can be viewed here.
LOC Committee Meeting - Monday 8th January 2018
LOC Committee Meeting - Monday 12th March 2018
LOC Committee Meeting - Monday 14th May 2018
LOC Committee Meeting - Monday 10th September 2018
LOC Committee Meeting - Monday 19th November 2018
LOC Committee Meeting - Monday 7th January 2019
LOC Committee Meeting - Monday 11th March 2019
LOC Committee Meeting - Monday 13th May 2019
Minutes of the Staffordshire LOC AGM - Tuesday 11th June 2019