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

How to Get Help with Opera

  The Opera platform includes a Help and Support page with a range of useful resources. There is also an online chat function from the home page, the blue chat bubble in the bottom right hand corner, which can be used to seek help during registration or ongoing for service delivery. Opera introduction webinars took …

27 November 2020

Opera Registration/Onboarding Top Tips

We’ve put together some tips to help you avoid some common errors: Practice Registrations When you complete your Practice registration the initial onboarding login will be sent to the email address inputted as ‘main contact email’. Please ensure that this email address is unique to the Practice that you are registering, and is correctly inputted without typos Please ensure that you …

27 November 2020

GRR/Childrens service transition to new IT platform

Opera system – From next week onwards, PES will be asking all practices that deliver PES services to register to transition to Opera. Practices will receive an email which will include an invitation to register. Once you receive this email, please complete the registration process as soon as possible, ideally before 14 December 2020. If you are not …

27 November 2020

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LOCSU Latest News

Keynote speaker announced for Virtual NOC closing session

Gabrielle Darby, NHSE-I Director of Primary Care Commissioning Transformation will present on Thur 3 Dec

2 December 2020

National Outpatient Transformation Programme calls for LOCs to become super connectors

NOC presentation and recording available now

1 December 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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