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

Rotherham & Barnsley LOC's AGM

Carlton Park Hotel, 102-104 Moorgate Rd, Rotherham S60 2BG

Annual AGM

2018-05-01 19:00:00 - 2018-05-01 21:00:00

Contact name: Tony Wing

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Herefordshire LOC's AGM

The Courtyard – Studio Theatre, Edgar Street, Hereford, HR4 9JR

Annual AGM

2018-04-25 14:30:00 - 2018-04-25 18:30:00

Contact name: Nick Black

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Calderdale and Kirklees LOC's AGM

Bertie's Banqueting Rooms, Brook Street, Elland, West Yorkshire, HX5 9AW

Annual AGM

2018-04-25 18:30:00 - 2018-04-25 21:30:00

Contact name: Russell Ramsden

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Dorset LOC's AGM

The RNLI College, West Quay Road, Poole, BH15 1HZ

Annual AGM

2018-04-25 18:30:00 - 2018-04-25 21:00:00

Contact name: Rachel Edwards

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North East London LOC's AGM

Best Western Plus Epping Forest Hotel, 30 Oak Hill, Woodford Green, London IG8 9NY

Annual AGM

2018-04-26 18:30:00 - 2018-04-26 21:00:00

Contact name: Gaynor Mendolson

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North & North East Lincolnshire LOC's AGM

The Humber room, The Ropewalk, Maltkiln Road, Barton-on-humber

Annual AGM

2018-04-27 18:30:00 - 2018-04-27 21:00:00

Contact name: Ralph Worfolk

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Sefton LOC's AGM

Pioneer Bar, 107 Liverpool Rd, Crosby, L23 5TD

Annual AGM

2018-04-30 18:00:00 - 2018-04-30 21:00:00

Contact name: Paul Newell

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Kent & Medway LOC's AGM

Charlotte Room, Marriott Tudor Park, Ashford Road, Bearsted, ME14 4NQ

Annual AGM

2018-05-01 18:00:00 - 2018-05-01 21:00:00

Contact name: Michelle Martins

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Cumbria LOC's AGM

Greenfields Hotel, Wigton, Cumbria

Annual AGM

2018-05-01 18:00:00 - 2018-05-01 21:00:00

Contact name: Bruce Avery

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Manchester LOC's AGM

The Chancellors Hotel, Chancellors Way, Moseley Way, Fallowfield, Manchester, M14 6NN

Annual AGM

2018-05-02 18:30:00 - 2018-05-02 21:00:00

Contact name: Lindsey Flynn

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