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

Locally organised virtual CET

The North York’s and South Durham Association of Optoms ( or NYSDAOP  for short ) have asked us to circulate their virtual CET program. They usually meet in Middlesbrough but decided to host remotely this year and have got an excellent programme of speakers set up so it would be good for others to benefit …

20 September 2020

Covid Rates Rise but Optical Practice stay on AMBER

Updated CoO Guidance available. Now Optical Practice has access to PPE, protocols and risk assessments regarding working through the Pandemic we are in a better position to continue providing routine care. However Practices should consider increasing telephone triaging person concerns and using the first stage of the AMBER processes outlined by the College of Optometrists …

15 September 2020

Glaucoma Repeat Readings Service update

Primary Eyecare Services (PES) and NTW LOC are pleased to announce that the Glaucoma Repeat Readings service (GRR) will switch onto the national PES GRR module from 1st September 2020. This will allow the capture of repeat readings for both IOP and field defects. This service will become a mandatory with rasied IOPs or suspicious …

15 September 2020

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LOCSU Latest News

Refreshed clinical pathway for People with Learning Disabilities now available

Pathway changes are designed to improve outcomes for this hard-to-reach patient group

18 September 2020

CUES recognised as Catalyst for Change

Service to form basis for NHSE/I transformational approach to deliver NHS LTP

18 September 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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