Staffordshire Local Optical Committee

Education and Training

A password-protected page is available from the following web-link: which contains referral and community eye care protocols and forms exclusively for the use of Staffordshire optometrists and dispensing opticians.

Any Staffordshire optometrist or dispensing optician wishing to visit the secured page should either email or write to LOC secretary Alison Lowell, giving his or her full name, GOC number and practice(s) currently working in.  Once your details have been validated, Alison will send you a reply containing your password.


Presentations from PEATS/GRR CET Event on 16th May 2016 


GRR Review 2016

PEATS Review 2016

Lynval Jones Presentation

Bal Manoj Presentation 1

Bal Manoj Presentation 2


Presentation from South Staffs MECS Launch Event - May 2017


Mark McCracken presentation




Clinical Governance




Contact details for Primary Care Team




College of Optometrists:

Professional Standards > Codes of Ethics and Guidelines for Professional Conduct > Search Current Guidelines


In Practice > Guidance for practitioners


GOS/Regulatory > GOS Contract Compliance


Contact details for North Midlands Primary Care team

 The Primary Care Team for Stoke on Trent, North and East Staffordshire is:

Primary Care Lead

Terry Chikurunhe

 0113 824 9798

Primary Care Contracts Manager

Julie Whittingham

 0113 825 3739

Assistant Primary Care Contracts Manager

Kim Williams

 0113 825 4637


The Primary Care Team for Cannock, Stafford & Surrounds, South East Staffordshire and Seisdon is:

Primary Care Lead

 Darrell Jackson 

 0113 825 3727 


Primary Care Contracts Manager

 Andrew Morrall

 0113 825 3730

Assistant Primary Care Contracts Manager

 Muazma Ibrahim

 0113 825 3726


The wider Staffordshire Primary Care Team is supported in Rugeley by:

Interim Primary Care Support

 Denise Pidd

 0113 825 4627

Primary Care  Support 

 Elaine Rodgers

 0113 825 2270

Workforce Projects Officer

 Julie Downie

 0113 825 5061

Primary Care Business Support Officer

 Sue Nabbs

 0113 825 3731

Primary Care Admin Support

 Wendy Jeffcott 0113 825 3728
Primary Care Admin Support Hazel Williams 0113 825 3740


For all queries regarding your contract, in the first instance, please contact your Primary Care Contracts Manager or, in absence, the Assistant Primary Care Contract Manager



(This is a response to parents being advised by certain Opticians that their child is too young to have an Eye Test)

  1. If an Optometrist is registered with the PCT to conduct GOS sight tests, then under current legislation, it is a breach of contract to refuse any eligible patient the opportunity of an NHS eye examination on grounds of age, race, gender, religions, social class, sexual orientation, appearance, disability or medical or ophthalmic condition. (New GOS contract Part 9, Clause 39).
  2. This does not prevent a practitioner from referring or recommending a patient see another practitioner who may have particular skills or a special interest in, a particular group of patients or patients with a particular condition, with the patient’s agreement. So, if an Optometrist does feel they are not confident in their own ability/experience (or other valid reason) to examine a young child, then it would be their professional obligation to refer that child to another Optometrist who has the appropriate experience/confidence. If in North Staffordshire, they could refer to the list of Paediatric Shared Care Optometrists and choose the most convenient one for patient.
  3. In North Staffordshire, Optometrists can now refer children directly to the Orthoptist (UHNS) using a GOS 18 form, if any further investigation/management is required, after completing the Eye Examination.
  4. Parents do have the right to take their child to any GOS contractor for this examination. The right of an Optometrist to refuse to see a patient remains, but if exceptionally, the contractor does have to refuse GOS to a patient, other than because the patient is not eligible for an NHS sight test, they must record this information and make it available to the PCT on request.
  5. The College of Optometrists guidelines and AOP are a good source for what clinical standards are required from Optometrists and the legal consequences would be for refusing to see a particular class of patient.
  6. It is worth reminding ourselves that eye problems can occur at any age and parents cannot always tell if their child has an eye/vision problem.  A child will not complain about their eyes/vision in the same way as an adult. It is vital to remember that the first 7-8 years of life are crucial for normal visual development of that child and will greatly influence the quality of life for that child. As Optometrists, we play a primary role in detection and management of children’s visual problems.
  7. Lastly, it is also worth remembering that children under 16, must be dispensed and fitted with spectacles by a registered Optician. Unqualified staff may be involved if they are under direct supervision of a registered Optician.



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