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 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 Tuesday the 14th December. This will be a virtual meeting.

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear LOC Latest News

EeRS Procurement in NE&Y

This procurement has been awarded to EMMS. In the NE&Y this has been procured for referrals into secondary care from GOS and Self-funded Sight Tests only (not for Commissioned Services).  NTW LOC have been made aware that the roll out of this proof of concept project will start in the Yorkshire region. We will keep …

10 November 2021

Post-cataract audit form – feedback by 10th November required

The LOC is seeking expressions of interest for a proposed post-operative cataract data capture scheme for Secondary Care Audit. Please complete the form below by Wednesday 10th November. Expression of interest questionnaire

7 November 2021

Ordering Lateral Flow Tests

Anyone wishing to order lateral flow tests (LFTs) can now do so from the following government website. Delivery is next working day. Please remember to submit all LFT test results to the government website below.

29 October 2021

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LOCSU Latest News

LOCSU Leadership Course Could Boost Your Career

Applications are open for the LOCSU leadership skills course. The course is a 20-credit postgraduate module, and part of WOPEC’s MSc programme at Cardiff University.

1 December 2021

Optometry First Webinar Now Available to Watch Again

Earlier this month LOCSU organised a webinar event on Optometry First.

25 November 2021

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Our next meeting

Our next meeting will be Tuesday the 14th December. This will be a virtual meeting.


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