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
NHSmail and DSPT Update - 21st September 2021
Please click here to view a communication from NHSE/NHS Digital regarding NHSmail and DSPT.
Self Isolation Clarification from NHS England - 21st September 2021
To view the current guidance from NHS England regarding Self Isolation please click here
Patient Signatures for GOS Forms Restarting - 8th September 2021
The Department of Health and Social Care have confirmed that patient signatures on GOS claims will become mandatory again from 1 September, so COVID 19 can no longer be used in place of a patient signature for sight tests that take place from this date onwards.
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