National Optical Conference

This year’s National Optical Conference takes place on Thursday 9 November 2017 at Chesford Grange, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 2LD.

Save the date and find regular updates by liking and sharing the dedicated NOC Facebook page and the NOC Twitter account [@noclocsu]  or follow the hashtag #nocloc.

The National Optical Conference (NOC), is organised by the AOP for the Local Optical Committee Support Unit (LOCSU) and the Optical Confederation. The conference offers an unrivalled way to discover the latest in community eye services as well as to share experiences and knowledge with fellow practitioners. It is the must attend event for new and experienced LOC officers and committee members.

Delegates will experience:

  • The latest updates on NHS priorities and strategic outlook from Primary Care
  • Updates from leaders across eye health and public health
  • An overview of the commissioning landscape and extended primary care services
  • An excellent networking opportunity for LOC members


Review of NOC 2016 (held on 10 & 11 November 2016 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole NEC)

Download the full NOC programme


Supporting the Breakthrough Strategy: Key Stakeholders' View:

Implementing the Strategy - Richard Whittington

Progress Report - Katrina Venerus

Supporting the Clinical Council's Objectives - David Parkins

NHS policy: Sustainability and Transformations Plans - Richard Whittington

Eye Health Transformation Projects and Devo Manc - Dharmesh Patel & Zoe Richmond

Quick Fire Research Symposium:

PCSE and GOS Payments - Simon England, PCSE (presentation not available)

What does the future hold for the Optical Professions - Mike Bowen

The GOC Education Review - Samantha Peters

Thursday Discussion Workshop Presentations

National Optical Conference 2016 Poster Competition

Call for Poster Abstracts from Local Optical Committees, LOC Companies and LEHNs

We are once again offering LOCs, LOC Companies and LEHNs the opportunity to share learning and best practice at the NOC which we know delegates value enormously.

With around two thirds of LOC Companies now delivering community services, this year’s poster competition will allow you to showcase your pathway successes. 

LOCs, LOC Companies and LEHNs should complete a 400-word abstract by Monday 3 October 2016.

Poster Categories

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

  1. Service Impact
  2. Public Health

LOCSU will organise to have your poster professionally designed. We are not looking for academic posters.

The winner of the Poster Competition was Essex LOC.  Congratulations and well done. 

Next year's NOC will be held on Thursday 9th November 2017 at the Chesford Grange, Warwickshire. Hold the date!

NOC 2016 exhibitors (A - Z)

Association of OptometristsAssociation of Optometrists

Founded in 1946, the Association of Optometrists (AOP) is the leading professional membership organisation for optometrists and other optical professionals in the UK.

The AOP offers protection, support and representation to over 16,500 members, throughout their careers, with a range of valued services and benefits. The association is a founding member of the Optical Confederation.

Blind Veterans UK

Blind Veterans UK believe that no one who has served our country should battle blindness alone. That's why they're here to help with lifelong practical and emotional support which they provide to Armed Forces and National Service veterans regardless of when they served or how they lost their sight. They help veterans recover their independence and discover a life beyond sight loss.

Bondeye sponsor logoBondeye Optical

Bondeye Optical is an award-winning, family-run supplier, stocking over 2000 practice and laboratory products.

Visit their website to explore the range and download the latest catalogue.

College of Optometrists logoCollege of Optometrists

The College of Optometrists supports its members at every step of their career, so, whichever route you’re taking to success, they provide the advice, tools and resources to get you there. 

Member benefits include clinical advice and guidance, CET events, free access to patient information resources, and research scholarships.

Essilor logoEssilor

Essilor innovates and manufactures the world's most advanced prescription lenses. They are dedicated to building lenses that 'change people's lives'.

Essilor believe in the 'ultimate visual experience', selling their lenses through expert independent opticians who they believe offer an in-store experience unrivalled by the High Street.

General Optical Council logoGeneral Optical Council

The GOC is the regulatory body for the optical professions in the UK. Their purpose is to protect the public by promoting high standards of education, performance and conduct amongst opticians.

They currently register approximately 29,000 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.

IGA logoInternational Glaucoma Association

The International Glaucoma Association is a charity for people with glaucoma. They offer a comprehensive range of materials to support patients’ education, available free of charge on request. The IGA is a charity registered in England & Wales No. 274681 and in Scotland No. SC041550.


LOCSU provides support to Local Optical Committees, to help them negotiate and develop primary eye care services. 

LOCSU organises the speakers and programme content for the National Optical Conference (NOC) and runs a series of learning and development programmes, ranging from new officers, to leadership and mentoring. 

LOCSU also represents the profession on a range of national stakeholder bodies.

Mainline instruments LtdMainline Instruments

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.

mark'ennovy logomark'ennovy

mark’ennovy produce custom-made, monthly soft contact lenses, that precisely fit the unique characteristics of each eye.

Their unrivalled combination of contact lens parameters, geometries, materials, and expert technical advice, is backed by the most advanced manufacturing technology and an exclusive focus on the eye care professional.

Menicon LtdMenicon Ltd

With over 40 years’ experience, Menicon Ltd. is one of the UK’s leading lens manufacturers.  They combine the 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.

Visit Menicon to find out more about their high quality lenses, such as the newly launched 'Menicon Z Night ortho-k' lens.


Established in 1979, Mid-Optic supply all sectors of the optical profession including independent and multiple opticians, leading eye hospitals and pharmacies, and also ophthalmic products to the veterinary profession.

Hundreds of stock lines include dry eye drops, eyelid hygiene products, ocular dietary supplements, reading glasses and contact lens solutions and accessories.


Ocuco offers complete optical software solutions including their flagship project management system (PMS), Acuitas. The PMS allows you to extend your patient journey online and integrate your practice website and online diary.

Attend their stand to find out why thousands of professionals have chosen to benefit from the Ocuco software in their practices.

Optelec logoOptelec

Interested in low vision? Optelec will showcase the Schweizer ERGO-Lux Mobil range of LED hand magnifiers, including models which are designed for left-handed users.

Demonstrations will be available of the NEW Optelec Traveller reading tablet, and Compact+ HD digital hand magnifier – both with HD cameras on-board for superior on screen images.

Optos logoOptos

Optos has the vision to be 'the' retina company, and recognised as a leading provider of devices to eyecare professionals for improved patient care. 

Optos' core devices produce ultra-widefield, high resolution digital images (optomap®) of approximately 82% or 200◦ of the retina, something no other device is capable of doing in any single image.

Orasis logoOrasis

Orasis is a comprehensive practice management system designed to provide a complete solution, whatever the size of your business. Established for over 22 years, Orasis provides 'the clear choice' for forward-thinking practice owners.

Orasis is quick and simple to use and uses the latest Microsoft technologies to provide a secure, efficient system.

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists logoThe Royal College of Ophthalmologists

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists is the only professional body responsible for the training and education of eye doctors. They 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 they do.


SeeAbility is a specialist registered charity supporting people who have multiple disabilities, including visual impairment, learning and physical disabilities.

We are working to increase access to eye care and vision services for adults and children with learning disabilities who are more likely to have serious sight problems than other people.


Scope Ophthalmic logoScope Ophthalmics

Scope Ophthalmics is an innovative and fast-growing eye care company, offering dry eye and blepharitis products in the UK and Ireland.

All of its products have had long-term success with patients worldwide. The company maintains a major focus on training, customer service, innovation and relationships with key opinion leaders.

Topcon logoTopcon

Topcon will be showcasing their 3D OCT-1 Maestro, the UK’s best-selling OCT. 

The Maestro is renowned for its ease of use, enhanced flexibility (with its rotating operator screen) and its amazingly small footprint. It is fully automated, producing 50,000 A-scans per second and can capture both eyes in under 60 seconds.

Ultravision logoUltravision

UltraVision CLPL is a world class specialist in developing leading edge technology for contact lenses. Producing a wide range of lathe-cut silicone hydrogel, durable and RGP contact lenses, UltraVision can help practitioners expand their range and ‘always say yes’ to patients who fall outside of the disposable range.

Webstar HealthWebstar Health

Webstar Health is a leading UK clinician-led healthcare IT services group. Focusing on managed service solutions to support the NHS and service providers to deliver the outcomes that matter. 

We have worked in partnership with LOCSU to design OptoManager a claims processing and payment solution for locally commissioned  optometry services.

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Dates for the diary

Salford & Trafford LOC's AGM

Marriott Worsley Park Hotel, Walkden Road, Manchester, M28 2QT


2017-05-24 18:30:00 - 2017-05-24 21:00:00

Contact name: Lindsey Flynn

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Hampshire LOC's AGM

Norton Park Hotel, Sutton Scotney, Winchester SO21 3NB


2017-06-06 18:00:00 - 2017-06-06 21:00:00

Contact name: Ian Silk

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Lincolnshire LOC's AGM

Bentley Hotel, Lincoln Rd, S Hykeham, Lincoln LN6 9NH


2017-06-07 18:45:00 - 2017-06-07 21:00:00

Contact name: Sab Bahl

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Leeds LOC's AGM

Thackray Medical Museum, 141 Beckett Street, Leeds LS9 7LN


2017-06-08 18:00:00 - 2017-06-08 21:00:00

Contact name: Alison Alderson

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Wirral LOC's AGM

The Village Hotel, Pool Lane, Bromborough, Wirral, CH62 4UE


2017-06-12 18:00:00 - 2017-06-12 21:00:00

Contact name: Dylan Barton

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Staffordshire LOC's AGM

Yarnfield Training & Conference Centre, Yarnfield, Stone ST15 0NL


2017-06-13 18:30:00 - 2017-06-13 21:00:00

Contact name: Alison Lowell

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Cumbria LOC's AGM

Crooklands Hotel, Crooklands, nr Kendal, Cumbria LA7 7NW


2017-06-13 19:30:00 - 2017-06-13 21:00:00

Contact name: Bruce Avery

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Merton, Sutton & Wandsworth LOC's AGM

Grenfell Housing & Training, 16-20 Kingston Road, London, SW19 1JZ


2017-06-14 18:30:00 - 2017-06-14 21:00:00

Contact name: Mark Richardson

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Essex LOC's AGM

The Northumberland Suite, Writtle College, Lordship Road, Writtle, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 3EH


2017-06-15 18:00:00 - 2017-06-15 21:00:00

Contact name: Katie Kingcott

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Cambridgeshire LOC's AGM

George Hotel, George St, Huntingdon PE29 3AB


2017-06-15 18:30:00 - 2017-06-15 21:00:00

Contact name: Vivien Rosamond

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