National Optical Conference

 Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 November 2018 
 Chesford Grange hotel, Kenilworth, Warwick CV8 2LD

The National Optical Conference is the key event in the calendar for those involved or looking to join their Local Optical Committees or those delivering eye health services through a Primary Eyecare Company.

This year’s NOC will again focus on practical skills which delegates will find invaluable in their day-to-day role on the LOC or PEC.  Delegates will be able to choose from a range of workshops that suit both newly-elected or experienced LOC Officers.  Among the topics will be tactics for running a successful LOC and collaborating with ophthalmology departments to improve local eye health services. 

Delegates will also benefit from:

  • Latest on the NHS changes to commissioning of services
  • Targeted support for those working in Primary Eyecare Company roles
  • Unrivalled networking opportunities
  • Further learning and development opportunities to become an optical leader

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17:00 - 18:00  Meet the LOCSU Team
17:00 - 18:00  LOC Chairs Meeting
18:00 - 18:30  Central Optical Fund AGM

19.00 - 19.45  Drinks Reception
19.45 - 00.00  Dinner and Presentation followed by evening entertainment

Dress Code:  Lounge suits

Please note that the drinks reception, dinner and entertainment is included for residential delegates.  If you are a non-residential delegate but would like to attend the drinks reception and dinner, please select the ‘NOC non-residential delegate - attending dinner’ rate when booking.


08:00 - 09:00  Registration, tea and coffee

09:00 - 09:15  Welcome and Scene Setting

09:05 - 10:00  Change and the NHS

Choose one of the following workshop:
10:00 - 11:00  Developing LOCs and PEC roles
10:00 - 11:00  Effective LOC Communications
10:00 - 11:00  LOC Governance (including GDPR)
10:00 - 11:00  Pathway Redesign
10:00 - 11:00  Workforce Mobilisation

11:00 - 11:30  Exhibition, tea and coffee

Choose one of the following workshops:
11:30 - 12:30  Developing LOCs and PEC roles
11:30 - 12:30  Effective LOC Communications
11:30 - 12:30  LOC Governance (including GDPR)
11:30 - 12:30  Pathway Redesign
11:30 - 12:30  Workforce Mobilisation

12:30 - 13:00  LOCSU Website/LOCNET Platform Update

13:00 - 14:00  Lunch and networking

14:00 - 14:40  LOCSU Strategy

14:40 - 15:00 NHS England presentation

15.00 - 15.15  Presentations

15:15 - 15:45  Healthi Update

15:45 - 16:45  Making the Change

16:45              Conference closes
                       (refreshments and networking available)


The following workshops will be taking place at 10.00 and repeated at 11.30 on Thursday morning.  Please enter which workshops you would like to attend when booking online.

LOC Governance Game (including GDPR)

Aimed at LOC Officers and members this fun, interactive and hands-on, team-based gameshow teaches the legal and governance issues which LOCs must comply with, including compliance with the new General Data Protection Regulations.
(Delivered by Rupesh Bagdai, Lisa Stonham, Richard Knight)

Effective LOC Communications

Exploring the rationale for business communication and the components of a good communication plan. The workshop explores media publicity, communication with contractors and performers and effective two-way communication between LOCs and LOCSU.  Includes a practical exercise around the launch of a new local service.
(Delivered by Chris McGachy, Martin Russ, Emma Pierce)

Developing LOCs and PEC roles

Aimed at anyone thinking about joining the LOC or Primary Eyecare Company the interactive session will look the new roles and opportunities being developed with the evolution of the LOC and the formation of a consolidated national PEC.
(Delivered by Richard Rawlinson and Simone Mason)

Pathway Redesign

With Acute Trusts evolving the way eye health services are commissioned and delivered, this workshop will explore pathway model and operational issues of designing services differently and working with Ophthalmology.
(Delivered by Christiane Shrimpton, Katrina Venerus, intro by Richard Whittington)

LOC Workforce Mobilisation

Focusing on the introduction of community monitoring this workshop will look at upskilling the local workforce in training and equipment required to deliver a range of pathways such as post-cataract, glaucoma and macular degeneration.
(Delivered Zoe Richmond, Nizz Sabir, Chris Newall)



The Association of Optometrists (AOP) is the leading representative membership organisation for optometrists in the UK. We support over 80% of practising optometrists, to fulfil their professional roles to protect the nation’s eye health. As a founding member of the Optical Confederation we work with others to improve eye health for the public good.

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The Brain Tumour Charity is at the forefront of the fight against brain tumours, making a difference every day to the lives of people with a brain tumour and their families. We aim to double survival within 10 years and halve the harm that brain tumours have on quality of life within five years. Our information is designed to aid earlier diagnosis and support patients throughout their journey. 

Cegedim Rx LtdCegedim Rx Logo

Cegedim Rx is a major supplier of IT Solutions for healthcare professionals and healthcare companies. For over a decade we have helped NHS Service Leads in Primary Care Trusts to manage, evaluate and improve the delivery of local NHS Services. Our web-based OptoManager offers an enhanced service and claims management system to help facilitate local delivery of optometry services such as glaucoma referral refinement and cataract referral.

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The College is the professional body for optometry. It qualifies the profession and delivers the guidance and development to ensure optometrists provide the best possible care. We promote excellence through the College’s affixes, by building the evidence base for optometry, and raising awareness of the profession with the public, commissioners, and health care professionals.

General Optical CouncilGOC logo

The General Optical Council is one of 12 organisations in the UK known as health and social care regulators. These organisations oversee the health and social care professions by regulating individual professionals. We are the regulator for the optical professions in the UK. We currently register around 30,000 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.


Local Optical Committees (LOCs) are recognised by the NHS as the representative organisation for optometrists and dispensing opticians delivering ophthalmic services such as sight tests and other eye health services. LOCSU (the Local Optical Committee Support Unit) is the national support unit in England for the 70-plus LOCs. LOCSU works with LOCs and local NHS Commissioners to develop local eye health services which are more accessible for patients and cost effective for the NHS.

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Mainline Instruments has grown as an independent supplier of Ophthalmic Instrumentation that offers novel solutions for the optometry world.

Formed in 1997 and based in Birmingham, Mainline are ideally experienced and located to provide support for the many products available.  Mainline supply a variety of products from established manufacturers such as Icare, Keeler, Tomey, Huvitz, Neitz, Oculus and more.

Menicon LtdMenicon logo

With over 40 years’ experience, Menicon Ltd. is one of the UK’s leading lens manufacturers.  The company combines traditional values of quality, expertise and service with exciting new lenses and accessories.

Menicon is renowned for its high quality lenses, especially the Rose K2 range which is the most widely prescribed brand of irregular cornea lenses worldwide.

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OCuSOFT® is most recognized for OCuSOFT® Lid Scrub®, OCuSOFT® Lid Scrub Plus and OCuSOFT® Baby wipes for the treatment of Blepharitis. Additionally, we have the Oust Demodex range, an extra strength cleanser with tea tree oil that helps to control adult Demodex mites and their offspring when used daily.

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Optelec Ltd. are part of Vispero, the world’s largest supplier of adaptive technology for the visually impaired and blindness communities. We are also proudly known as the UK distributor of the Schweizer range of optical magnifying devices and accessories. Speak to us about the products and services that our group of companies can offer from low vision hardware, braille technology, low vision and blindness software and digital compliance services for providing online access for visually impaired people.

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Optos plc has the vision to be The Retina Company and recognised as a leading provider of devices to eyecare professionals for improved patient care. Optos' devices produce ultra-widefield, high resolution images (optomap®) of approximately 200° of the retina, something no other device can capture in any single image.


PCSE provides services that underpin the NHS in delivering high-quality primary care for patients.  

The support we offer ranges from key administrative and payment services, to managing supplies and performers list. We do this and more for Opticians, GPs, Dentists and Pharmacists.

Our vision is to create more modern, efficient, easy to use support services for the future.

Royal College of OphthamologistsRoyal College of Opthomologists logo

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists is the only professional body responsible for the training and education of eye doctors.  We provide impartial, clinically based evidence in the co-ordination and management of optimal eye care services across the UK, putting patient care and safety at the heart of everything we do.

Scope OphthalmicsScope logo

Scope is a family-run company with a heritage of bringing evidence-based, premium products to healthcare professionals and end-consumers alike. Scope offers innovative products for ocular surface diseases such as Dry Eye Disease. Operating in both the United Kingdom and Ireland, we have a well-established portfolio which includes; The HYCOSAN® range, OPTASE® and Omega Eye.

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SeeAbility provides extraordinary support and champions better eye care for people with learning disabilities and autism, many of whom have sight loss.
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Topcon is a leading innovator worldwide in the field of ophthalmic imaging systems, software and instrumentation. Founded in Tokyo in 1932, Topcon has far-reaching expertise and also offers an extensive range of education from their clinical affairs team; and have a specialised team of service engineers. 
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National Optical Conference 2018

Chesford Grange hotel, Nr Kenilworth, Warwick CV8 2LD

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Contact telephone number: 020 7549 2051

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