Staffordshire Local Optical Committee at Staffordshire Local Optical Committee


Your LOC


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 Integrated Care Board (ICB) and the NHS Staffordshire and Shropshire Local Area Team

2) Has been developing community eye care schemes across the Integrated Care Board.

3) Provides training and assessment for all clinicians.  LOC officer Mark McCracken is an accredited LOCSU Lead Assessor.


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
Virtual AGM 15th July
Please find attached the invitation to join us for our virtual AGM to be
held on Monday 15th July at 7pm

You can book on at eventbrite

June 2024 Newsletter
Updated guidance documents for pre-cat and glaucoma referral refinement referrals from non-participating practices
Please find attached updated guidance documents for the Staffordshire Cataract and Glaucoma services for non-participating practices to be able to correctly refer patients into the commissioned pathways.
Don't forget it's easy to become accredited & join the schemes too - please ask for more details


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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