Leadership Skills

LOCSU's Leadership Skills for Optical Professionals, is a 20-credit postgraduate module, and part of WOPEC’s MSc programme at Cardiff University.

The module has produced many successful candidates who are now leading the development of primary eyecare services in Primary Eyecare Companies and LOCs, as LOC Officers, as Clinical Governance & Performance Leads, as LOCSU Commissioning Leads and in Local Eye Health Networks.

This course is designed to enable the practising optical professional to become an effective leader at local and national level within the optical sector through the support and development of LOCs and LEHNs, building effective strategic networks, influencing policy makers and enhancing eye health services for patients.

It provides an understanding of current leadership models and theoretical approaches and will give delegates the background knowledge and practical skills that will equip them to provide leadership in the optical sector.

The LOCSU Leadership Module is open to Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians who are FBDO qualified or who are BSc qualified.    

Important Dates for the 2018 course 

Induction Week

5 March 2018

Introductory Webinar

12 March 2018

Course Webinars

Either 9 April or 17 April 2018.  All webinars will take place at 8pm BST.  You will be allocated your webinar date once the module begins.  Please note that the webinar is compulsory.

Practical days

23 and 24 April 2018 (London)

The assessment requirements for 2018 are detailed below:

This module will be assessed in two ways:

  1. Coursework blogs which is 60% of your final mark
  2. An essay assignment which is 40% of your final mark


Your leader blog will be 60% of your final mark.You will be required to write one blog per week (identified by you), a minimum of 6 blogs (one to be the critical review) between 12 March and 13 June 2018. Feedback will be provided to each student on each blog post to support continuous improvement.

Blogs will be marked using the following assessment criteria:

  • Reflection on content and practice:  
    • your blog needs to demonstrate that you have reflected on the leadership topics covered within the course and your application of the content to your own leadership role/s in the optical sector. We expect to see some progression of ideas and confidence in relating your thinking to your leadership role/s over the course of the module.
  • You need to be posting at least one blog per week during the course
  • Writing style:
    • The blog needs to be written in an engaging style which communicates your message and leadership role/s.

Essay Assignment (1500 words +/- 10%)

You can choose any topic from the leadership course to explore further in your assignment. We are looking for evidence of practical application in your assignment, this could be via participation in your LOC or employer meetings/working groups, or leading a project for your LOC or employer.

  1. You attend a meeting to discuss a commissioning/business opportunity for your LOC/employer.  Use your assignment to critically analyse the strategies discussed and your contribution.
  2. You volunteer to lead a group for your LOC/employer.  Use your assignment to reflect on your leadership of the group, the team dynamics and any outcomes achieved.
  3. Lead a piece of work for your LOC/employer on one of the following:  succession planning, developing talent through coaching and mentoring, engagement with stakeholders.

Assignment Criteria

This is a written essay in which you will be expected to critically analyse the key concepts and literature you discuss.  You also need to demonstrate practical application of the ideas you discuss within one of your leadership roles.  Deadline is 21 June 2018.

Applications for 2018 course (applications has now closed)

We are delighted to announce that LOCSU will be funding up to 10 places on the 2018 cohort. We are particularly interested to hear from optical professionals who meet the following:

  • ·LOC officers or committee members with a keen interest in leadership and supporting their optical community

If you would like to be considered for a funded place please complete the application form and return to jacquefooks@locsu.co.uk.

If you have any questions about the content of the course, then please contact info@locsu.co.uk.

Contact us

Dates for the diary

National Optical Conference 2018

Chesford Grange hotel, Nr Kenilworth, Warwick CV8 2LD

Annual NOC for LOC officers and its members

2018-11-14 17:00:00 - 2018-11-15 17:30:00

Contact email: info@locsu.co.uk

Contact telephone number: 020 7549 2051

East Yorkshire LOC's AGM

Village Hotel, Henry Boot Way, Hull HU4 7DY

Annual AGM

2018-11-19 18:30:00 - 2018-11-19 21:00:00

Contact name: Ean Blair

Contact email: ean@optometrics.co.uk

Contact telephone number: 07768 492806

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