Staffordshire Local Optical Committee at Staffordshire Local Optical Committee


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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... 




What's happening locally and nationally
OFNC Statement 26th October 2020
To read the latest statement from OFNC please see below.
Staffordshire LOC Virtual AGM and Election, Wednesday 21st October 2020
Staffordshire LOC's virtual (online) 2020 AGM will take place on Wednesday 21 October at 7.00pm. This is your opportunity to find out about the work of the committee in support of the optical professions in Staffordshire over the last year. Naturally, there will be special emphasis on the challenges that we all faced during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the LOC's vision for the recovery phase, and for the uncertain months that still lie ahead of us.
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.


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  


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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