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
Staffordshire LOC COVID 19 Update 17th June 2020
I am pleased to report that we now have confirmation from NHSE that Optical practices can resume GOS (routine) work, subject to appropriate infection prevention & control measures.
Staffordshire LOC COVID 19 Update 29th May 2020
There has been new guidance issued by OFNC around Essential Eye Care provision on 27th May 2020, which was further clarified on 29th May 2020.
Staffordshire LOC COVID 19 Update 19th May 2020
As it stands, routine sight testing is still suspended in the UK. Current clinical advice on delivery of essential, urgent and emergency eye care remains in place.
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