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

Covid Vaccine Roll Out Has Begun

The LOC has started sharing the data provided with the relevant CCG’s. The vaccine coordinators may get in touch directly on the numbers provided or via the practice. Phone calls are usually from a withheld number. Some CCG areas are only offering the vaccine to those who work within an optical practice within their area …

8 January 2021

North East Optical Society (NEOS) CET resumes

CET events will run virtually – January to April, 7pm login time to start at 7.15pm prompt.  It will be determined if face-to-face networking events can resume after this. There will also be at least one peer review; whether it is done virtually or in-person will be confirmed in 2021. Due to the increased number of …

29 December 2020

Updated referral information

Remember to regularly check the member-only section of this website for any updates regarding referral information to the local HES

28 December 2020

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LOCSU Latest News

Locums and non-NHS practices to register for Covid-19 vaccination

Supporting LOC work already under way

15 January 2021

Meet the Board – Charles Bill, LOC representative for the South region

Optometry, Mozart and Dr Frankenstein – meet the man who just can’t sit still

12 January 2021

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Our next meeting

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


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