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
Staffordshire CUES Training Event - 29th March 2021
Staffordshire LOC and Primary Eyecare Services Ltd (PES) jointly ran a Virtual CUES Training Event on Monday 29 March.  A number of useful updates were shared in terms of:  

Use of IP and OCT bolt-ons 
Staffs CUES Medicines Supply Table 
Telemedicine and Video Consultation methods 
Review of CUES service performance.   
Contraindication to use of Chloramphenicol 0.5% eye drops in children under 2 years of age
Following on from recent communication to GP practices from NHSE, we are now confirming the situation with the use of topical Chloramphenicol 0.5% eye drops and 1% eye ointment in children who are under 2 years of age.
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.


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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