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...
What's happening locally and nationally
Rowley Hall Hospital - Relocation to new Beacon Park location
Staffordshire LOC has been advised that the new Beacon Park Hospital, Stafford (an extension of Rowley Hall Hospital) is now up and running.
Staffordshire LOC COVID-19 Vaccination UPDATE 20th January 2021
We have now received confirmation from University Hospital of North Midlands that they are now inviting optical staff in Staffordshire for the COVID-19 vaccination.
Staffordshire LOC COVID 19 & Vaccination Update - 14th January 2021
For the latest updates please see below.
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