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 which 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.

Please explore the rest of our site by clicking on the tabs above plus the drop down menus.

Our next meeting

Our annual AGM has been postponed until Autumn 2020. We are exploring the option of a virtual AGM as an alternative.

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear LOC Latest News

Support for the Optical Sector

We expect the next few months to be unsettled for the optical workforce as Optical Practices refine their processes and systems for the new way of working. For local, confidential support please contact NTW LOC via email and provide phone number and availability so one of the Committee can call you back. If your or …

3 July 2020

Nominate a Healthwatch Star

There are independent Healthwatch that work in each local authority area in England, who have statutory powers. They aim to make sure that social care and health services in their area are the best they can be by: Working with local people and organisations to investigate social care and health service issues Reaching out to …

1 July 2020

Applying for NHSmail

The National Optometry Team are taking over the process of issuing accounts to all optometry contractors in England. This replaces the local CNE project, which started in March 2020 and provided 300 email addresses. The national project will ensure that the whole process, which is being kept as simple as possible, is coordinated from …

30 June 2020

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LOCSU Latest News

Glaucoma Case Studies show positive results

Primary care services are reducing referral rates to hospital eye services

3 July 2020

OFNC Update: Covid-19 funding for optical practices in England

NHSE proposal for temporary further funding has been rejected

3 July 2020

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Our next meeting

Our annual AGM has been postponed until Autumn 2020. We are exploring the option of a virtual AGM as an alternative.


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