Northumberland, Tyne and Wear LOC Latest News

Use NHS Service Finder to obtain GP practice NHS emails

Instructions have been sent to Contractors to help Performers (optometrists) send referrals and communications to GP via NHS mail. Sent Feb 2024. Please remember these should be sent from practice SHARED MAIL BOXES were possible (rather than personal NHS mail addresses) or EGRESS for those who do not have access to NHS mail accounts.

22 February 2024

North of Tyne Service due to Launch 1st of March via OPERA, managed by Primary Eyecare Services

The local NHS has commissioned two new services to be available within Primary care Optometry practices for people who have North of Tyne GP’s/addresses (Northumberland, North Tyneside, Newcastle & Gateshead ).   Pre-Cataract Service referrals Glaucoma Enhanced Case Finding   Primary Eyecare Services are currently working towards a 1st of March roll out. Contact for …

14 February 2024

‘Preparing your patient for cataract surgery’ – Spamedica CPD

3 INTERACTIVE CPD POINTS ARE AVAILABLE   Tuesday 19th March 2024 6.00pm – 8.30pm SpaMedica is registered with the GOC as a CPD provider and delegates receive 3 interactive CPD points for attending this event. There will be a tour of the hospital and refreshments are to be provided. SpaMedica Gateshead The Edge, Fifth Avenue, …

8 February 2024

Digital Champions education programme for optometry work force

Limited spaces – please book your sessions Sign up to become a Digital Champion – new non-clinical bespoke course for optometry in NENC Applications are open for a free 12 month education programme for anyone working in optometry who wants to learn about how to utilise digital tools within their organisation. Delivered in partnership with …

29 January 2024

HES vouchers issued by NuTH (Newcastle)

Please note that all HES vouchers should be sent to the address below for payment. Failure to do so may result in delayed payment.  Finance Department Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Regent Point Regent Farm Road Gosforth Newcastle Upon Tyne NE3 3HD The LOC have talked to NuTH to try to establish a system …

3 January 2024


New Cataract and Glaucoma Services are launching 1st of March 2023.  If you have patients registered with a GP in North Tyneside, Northumberland, Newcastle and Gateshead please check your emails from Primary Eyecare Services/NTW LOC.  Accreditations Practitioners will be required to hold: Cataract • DBS enhanced certification • Adult Safeguarding level 2 • Child safeguarding …

2 January 2024

Changes to General Ophthalmic Services (GOS) payments        

Changes to GOS payments are coming into effect on 1 January 2024, as a result of amendments to the GOS regulations. Claims for sight tests completed, and voucher claims collected, on or after 1 January 2024 must be submitted using an electronic system. Contractors will have three months to submit sight test claims. The PCSE …

28 December 2023

Optometry Digital Champions – Developed by NTW LOC to support the whole North East and Cumbria workforce

As agreed at the AGM in July 2023 – NTW LOC hope to start providing various practice staff training support over the coming months. Look out for emails with more info. Optometry Digital Champions  – Suitable for Contractors, Practice Managers, Digital Leads and interested Clinical Staff The Digital Champions course allows all NHS primary care …

22 December 2023

Orthoptists Discharge process from NuTH – Dec 2023

Please be aware that Orthoptists may be discharging stable patients who no longer require ongoing management in the hospital, and who may wish or need to continue with long-term Fresnel prism rather than incorporation. The patient should present with a Discharge letter.  Patients will be advised that Fresnel prisms can be supplied by a primary care …

22 December 2023

Referral Guidelines for Local Ophthalmology

Keep checking back as these are updated as the local HES pass us their info. Durham and Darlington Update Dec 2023 is now available   Referral Pathways

22 December 2023

LOCSU Latest News

New Standard Clinical Specification To Enhance Access to Minor and Urgent Eye Care Across England Released

A new standard clinical specification for community minor and urgent eye care has been published today.

23 February 2024

PCSE Online System Downtime

Due to maintenance, PCSE Online will be unavailable from 6pm until 7.45pm on Thursday 15 February.

14 February 2024

OFNC – First Meeting With New Primary Care Minister

 OFNC has recently had a meeting at DHSC with the new Minister for public health, start of life and primary care.

12 February 2024

PCSE Online System Downtime

We’re letting you know about scheduled maintenance taking place this evening.

9 February 2024

Follow the committee on Facebook and 𝕏 for news on meetings, events and CPD