Staffordshire Local Optical Committee at Staffordshire Local Optical Committee

ABOUT US

Your LOC

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) 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

4) 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
Staffordshire LOC COVID-19 Update 5th May 2020
It has been just over three weeks since the last formal update from the LOC. We have been in regular contact with NHS England, NHS Acute trusts, CCGs, LOCSU, PES and other professional bodies. This has resulted in an exceptionally busy time for the LOC.
Important Information - Urgent response Required from all West Midlands GOS Contractors 15th April 2020
FOR THE URGENT ATTENTION OF ALL WEST MIDLANDS GOS CONTRACTORS

In order to collate an accurate and current overview of the service provision available to patients in the West Midlands, we ask now that all GOS contractors complete the questionnaire at the link below:

Staffordshire Referral Pathways 15th April 2020
You will have received a constant stream of information regarding how to deliver essential and urgent eye care services in community practice. You will be providing these services using both GOS and MECS platforms using telephony, video consultations and where necessary, face to face examination.

USEFUL LINKS

Other online resources for professionals and public

 

Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO)

Association of Optometrists (AOP)

College of Optometrists  

Diabetes UK

Eyecare Trust

Federation of Opthalmic and Dispensing Opticians (FODO) 

International Glaucoma Asssociation  

LOCSU

Macula Society

NICE Clinical Guideline on Glaucoma (quick reference guide)

NHS England

Optical Consumer Complaints Service 

Quality in Optometry

Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB) 

Primary Eyecare Services (PES)

 

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