National Optical Conference

NOC 2018 

Date has been set for Thursday, 15 November 2018 at the Chesford Grange, Warwickshire.  Please put the date in your diary.

Presentations from NOC 2017

Morning Workshops

Afternoon Panel Discussions

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Workshop Sessions

As part of a greater focus on practical skills for LOC and PEC delegates NOC will host the following workshop sessions:

Governance Game
Aimed at LOC Officers, especially PEC Directors, this workshop will cover company structures, reporting processes and governance requirements to ensure a company limited by guarantee is operated safely and within regulations.
(Presented by LOCSU Commissioning Leads Rupesh Bagdai, Richard Rawlinson, Nizz Sabir, Martin Russ)

Introduction to Commissioning
Aimed at new LOC/PEC Officers and first-time delegates with little or no experience of the commissioning process, the session breaks it into the basics, with tips for success, lessons from experience and future ambitions.
(Presented by LOCSU Commissioning Lead Chris Newall, LOCSU Head of Policy Richard Knight)

A Day in the Life of a CGPL
Aimed at CGPLs and anyone thinking about become a PEC Lead, the interactive session with totally new content details the day-to-day activities of the role and uses real-life scenarios exploring management response strategies in a PEC.
(Presented by LOCSU Commissioning Lead Zoe Richmond and LOCSU Digital Learning Support Officer Simone Mason)

Commissioning Eyecare Services with STPs
Aimed at those leading LOCs and PECs, the workshop explores how Sustainable Transformation Partnerships offer optics a commissioning opportunity and how LOCs and PECs need to modernise structures, personnel and tactics to benefit.
(Presented by LOCSU Chief Operating Officer Richard Whittington)

Community Monitoring for Glaucoma
Monitoring stable, low-risk and routine conditions offers a huge potential workload for optics and can greatly reduce pressure on hospital eye services. The workshop aimed at experienced LOC and PEC officers explores the vision of a national model for step-down care covering glaucoma.
(Presented by LOCSU Clinical Director, Katrina Venerus and Commissioning Lead, Dharmesh Patel)

Panel Discussions

Using Research Evidence to Build a Local Business Case

Description: This workshop will present the latest research on enhanced community services and discuss how evidence and data can be used to build a business case and influence decisions locally.

Facilitator: Ian Humphreys, Chief Executive, College of Optometrists
Presenter: Mike Bowen, Director of Research, College of Optometrists


Presentation (15mins) An introductory presentation will set out the key findings from the College funded Enhanced Services Evaluation project (ESEP) and some broad insights into how evidence can be used to support the development of local services. Mike Bowen will briefly outline the valuable insights that have been gained from the ESEP research into how the organisation of services impacts on clinical outcomes, patient experience, and economic factors – particularly for MECS and Glaucoma services. This introduction will also consider how LOCs might introduce the evidence into arguments, ensuring that it has the best effect. It will also start to question what data is used, where it comes from and what else do we need to know locally?

Discussion (30mins) Allow participants to share any experiences of including evidence in the development of local services.  What evidence has been used in deciding which service models should be pursued?  What other evidence/data was included? Were there any gaps?

Use an example case study, and go through the steps of considering what the evidence might suggest in terms of their local area: What might work, what might not work and why? What is the business case? What data would they need locally to work these things out? Where do they get that data and how do they use it? Consider, from their own local perspective what they still need to know? And what support is needed?

Beyond OptoManager

Commercial Director, Gian Celino, and Product Manager, David Murray from Cegedim RX will be discussing the future direction of the OptoManager product, to describe the move towards a new platform which provides interoperability to core NHS systems and how this will transform the delivery of community services.
Webstar Health will also be hosting drop-in surgery sessions throughout the day to allow PECs to book a slot to discuss their projects, raise any issues and find out more information.

PCSE Transformation

Paul Dawson, Managing Director, Primary Care Support England (PCSE)

Instant updates

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NOC News

The latest video update (June 2017) can be watched on the LOCSU YouTube channel.

Poster Competition

NOC Poster Competition

Poster Categories

There were two categories designed to showcase the excellent work being undertaken by LOCs, LOC Companies and LEHNs across England:

  1. Service Development & Delivery
  2. Public Health

Congratulations to West Midlands LEHN who were the lucky winners.


Contact us

Dates for the diary

Lambeth, Southwark & Lewisham LOC's AGM

Bridge Suite, London Bridge Hotel, 8-18 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9SG

Annual AGM

2018-06-21 18:00:00 - 2018-06-21 21:00:00

Contact name: Michelle Martins

Contact email:

Contact telephone number: 020 8663 9014

Cornwall & Isles of Scilly LOC's AGM

The Alverton Hotel, Tregolls Road, Truro, Cornwall TR1 1ZQ

Annual AGM

2018-06-21 18:30:00 - 2018-06-21 21:00:00

Contact name: Alison Hillier

Contact email:

Cambridgeshire LOC's AGM

The Old Bridge Hotel, 1 High Street, Huntingdon PE29 3TQ

Annual AGM

2018-06-21 19:00:00 - 2018-06-21 21:00:00

Contact name: Vivien Rosamond

Contact email:

Shropshire LOC's AGM

Wroxeter Hotel, Wroxeter, Shrewsbury SY5 6PH

Annual AGM

2018-06-21 19:00:00 - 2018-06-21 21:00:00

Contact name: Alan Barker

Contact email:

Contact telephone number: 01981 540050

Dudley LOC's AGM

Clinical Education Centre, Russells Hall Hospital, Pensnett Road, Dudley DY1 2HQ

Annual AGM

2018-06-25 18:30:00 - 2018-06-25 21:00:00

Contact name: Paul Sidhu

Contact email:

Brent & Harrow LOC's AGM

Harrow District Masonic Centre, Northwick Circle, Kenton, Harrow, Middlesex HA3 0EL

Annual AGM

2018-06-25 18:30:00 - 2018-06-25 21:00:00

Contact name: David Hantman

Contact email:

Bedfordshire LOC's AGM

The Rufus Centre, Steppingley Road, Flitwick, Beds, MK45 1AH

Annual AGM

2018-07-02 18:30:00 - 2018-07-02 21:00:00

Contact name: John Edwards

Contact email:

Berkshire LOC's AGM

Holiday Inn Winnersh Triangle, Wharfedale Road, Reading, RG41 5TS

Annual AGM

2018-07-12 18:30:00 - 2018-07-12 21:00:00

Contact name: Sean Caskey

Contact email:

Birmingham LOC's AGM

Plough and Harrow Hotel, 135 Hagley Road, Birmingham, B16 8LS

Annual AGM

2018-07-26 18:15:00 - 2018-07-26 21:00:00

Contact name: Ian Hadfield

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