Welcome to the Northumberland, Tyne and Wear LOC website

Northumberland Tyne and Wear Local Optical Committee

The Northumberland, Tyne & Wear LOC is the official organisation that represents optometrists and opticians in our area. It was formed in January 2015 by the amalgamation of North of Tyne and South Tyne & Wear LOCs. The main role of the LOC is to work with local NHS commissioners to make community eye care services accessible to patients and cost-effective for the NHS.

The objective of this website, launched on 6/6/2020, is to provide eye care practitioners, other health care professionals and the public with information about all aspects of eye care provision available within Northumberland, Tyneside and Sunderland.

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Our next meeting

Our next meeting will be in October, dates will follow shortly once confirmed.

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear LOC Latest News

Performers get ready for Opera

Opera is an exciting development in Primary Care Optometry. It will allow secure data and image transfer into secondary care and the HES. It also provides access to the NHS spine, allowing you to see the medication and health summary of patients who you are intending to refer to via one of the commissioned services. …

23 October 2020

New IT platform announced for Commissioned services

Primary Eyecare Services (PES) have announced that a new long-term IT partner, FDS Consultants, has been selected to provide a single IT platform for Primary Eyecare and our partner LOCs and optical practices. The transition from OptoManager to the Opera platform will start in November 2020.  We anticipate that the 2 services commissioned across NTW …

23 October 2020

Control the risk of covid spreading between staff members

  Reinforce messages that social distancing and mask wearing are practices equally essential away from the immediate clinical area   Remind staff in both non-clinical and clinical areas of the importance of hand hygiene, particularly before and after changing or touching masks   Assess whether face to face training is necessary, and if so, ensure …

19 October 2020

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LOCSU Latest News

OFNC Guidance on Covid-19 Funding for Optical Practices in England

This guidance provides more information about the COVID-19 funding arrangements set out in NHS England’s letter of 26 October

28 October 2020

OFNC Update: Covid-19 Funding for Optical Practices in England

NHS England confirms COVID-19 Funding for Optical Practices in England and updates Standard Operating Procedure

26 October 2020

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Our next meeting

Our next meeting will be in October, dates will follow shortly once confirmed.


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