National Optical Conference - Chesford Grange, CV8 2LD

Make a Booking

Each LOC receives one free place and bookings are now open. Download the application form by following this link.

The rate for residential delegates - which includes Wednesday night dinner, accommodation and conference programme - is £305.

The rate for non-residential delegates - which includes conference programme - is £175.

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 extended primary eye care 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.

This year delegates will receive:

  • Opportunity to attend up to four workshop sessions/discussion panels
  • More focus on practical skills and learning for LOC and Primary Eyecare Company members
  • Excellent networking opportunities for LOC members

Venue & DateChesford Grange, venue for NOC 2017

This year’s new-look, one-day National Optical Conference takes place on Thursday 9 November 2017 at Chesford Grange, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 2LD (pictured right).

NOC Programme

The draft programme is available for download.

Instant updates

Get instant NOC updates to your phone by following us on Facebook and Twitter. Join the conversation and help shape this year's NOC by following the hashtag #nocloc.

NOC News

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

2017 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 showcase their successes and share learning and best practice at the NOC which we know delegates value enormously.NOC Poster Competition

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 and submit it to by Monday 2 October 2017. Any photos to be included should be high-resolution as the posters will be printed. The abstract should be submitted on the template form downloadable from the LOCSU website.

Poster Categories

There are 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

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

NOC 2017 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.

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 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 Council logoGeneral Optical Council

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 29,000 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.

IGA logoInternational Glaucoma Association

The International Glaucoma Association is the charity for people with glaucoma. We 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.

Menicon LtdMenicon Ltd

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, the latest to be launched in the UK being the Menicon Z Night ortho-k lens.


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 i-mobil range of LED hand magnifiers, now available with wireless charging.

Try the Optelec Traveller reading tablet and the Compact+ HD digital hand magnifier – both designed with the latest high definition cameras on-board for superior on-screen images.

Optos logoOptos

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.

Scope Ophthalmics

At Scope Ophthalmics, our philosophy is to deliver innovative products that help improve patient outcomes and aid patient compliance. Our range supports Optometrists and Patients throughout the Ocular Surface Disease Patient Journey and is constantly evolving as we continue to invest in new ideas and products to ensure we are delivering worthwhile innovations.


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

Topcon logo

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.

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.

Contact us

Dates for the diary

Solihull LOC's AGM

St John's Hotel, 651 Warwick Rd, Solihull B91 1AT


2017-10-04 19:00:00 - 2017-10-04 21:00:00

Contact name: Cathy Pike

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