Northumberland, Tyne and Wear LOC Latest News

Have your say! Call for evidence on the Opticians Act – could lead to big changes.

The GOC’s call for evidence on the Opticians Act could eventually result in some of the most significant changes to regulations for the optical sector in years.

13 May 2022

Making Accurate Claims 2022 (GOS)

Available from the AOP in conjunction with ABDO Also Vouchers values can be found Voucher values: England

13 May 2022

Applying, varying or terminating GOS contracts in NTW

Practices wishing to apply, vary, or terminate their GOS contract in the NTW area are requested to follow the process outlined in this NEY Briefing document (NTW membership required to view).

9 May 2022


OPERA update on Sunday 27th March. It requires your attention and action. OPERA will be unavailable from 08.00 till 20.00 on Sunday 27th March You will receive a new password by email from PES on Sunday that you should use to login in with on Monday 28th. You can change your allocated password, as well …

26 March 2022

Help and Support available for ALL Optical Practice Staff

A regional hub has been launched to support health and care staff across the North East and North Cumbria to cope with the immense pressures of working during the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of this ‘hub’ is to help health and care staff – including NHS, social care, and care home staff – get support …

21 December 2021

New NHSE funded Special Schools Service

Recruitment for more Eyecare Teams (Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians)  will start again early 2022. If interested … watch out for communications from NHSE about this. See below for the progress so far. North East & Yorkshire:  In the current tranche, 53 clinicians have completed the training and created 24 Eye Care Teams. This means 47 schools have been …

21 December 2021

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

Flu Vaccinations

The optical workforce are encouraged to have the Flu vaccine this year. Despite previous communications national NHS guidance says that Contractors are expected to pay for their staff. However please contact a local pharmacy to arrange the vaccinations and ask as there apparels to be some local variation to this rule, ensure all attending have …

3 September 2021

Post Cataract Patients

Currently there are no CCG commissioned Post Cataract Community Services within NTWLOC area. Any patient presenting to your practice following cataract surgery is presenting for a GOS/Private sight test only and not a post cataract review. Practitioners are therefore only required to complete the contractual obligations of a GOS sight test. Practitioners are not required …

19 July 2021

Keep NHS mail active

Contractors must log into their NHS mail to ensure their account remains active. Also check both FOCUSED and OTHER mail box to make sure your not missing anything!!

19 July 2021

LOCSU Latest News

Minimising Sight Loss: Overcoming the Obstacles Event

This is an online event on 1st July 2022, held by NHS England and NHS Improvement eye care pathways improvement programme, the National Eye Care Recovery and Transformation Programme (NECRTP).

13 May 2022

Now Recruiting – Chief Executive, LOCSU

Circa £95,000 pa. London, EC1 (with potential for flexible working).

11 May 2022

Case Study: Leeds LOC Seek To Improve Communication and Accessibility for Their Deaf Community

Shining a light on efforts Leeds LOC made to help improve the way their local deaf community access eyecare.

4 May 2022

The CCEHC Makes Recommendations for the Standardising of Services To Support Children Found To Have Reduced Vision During In-School Screening

The Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning recognises variation in service provision and availability for children with vision deficit picked up through school vision screening.

4 May 2022

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