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:
i) 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
ii) Is represented at the Local Health Economy Opthalmology meeting, which plans ophthalmology in Stoke and North Staffordshire and looks at issues shared between that profession, optometry and GP's. In attendance at these meetings, on the LOC's behalf, are Stewart Townsend (LOC Chair) and Irfan Razvi (Vice Chair North)
iii) One of the LOC's officers (Shelley Stubbs) serves as Chair of the Local Eye Health Network (LEHN) to help deliver and implement integrated care pathways, ensuring quality improvement and best outcomes for patients
iv) 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
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 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
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. 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