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LOCSU has been working with all Optical Sector bodies, including the OFNC, throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

The OFNC (Optical Fees Negotiation Committee) is comprised of the national representative bodies and is in close touch with NHS England-NHS Improvement, DHSC, the College of Optometrists, the GOC and LOCSU.

On 17th June it was announced that the full range GOS services can be provided again, subject to infection prevention and control measures.

The latest guidance on Covid-19 funding for Optical Practices is available here (Oct 2020).

To help LOCs during the pandemic, LOCSU levy payments were halted from April-July 2020. The levy restarted from 1st August 2020.


A new Covid-19 Urgent Eyecare Service (CUES) was announced in April, to ensure that patients can access urgent care during the pandemic. Read full details here.

Data on CCG commissioning of Urgent Eye Care Services (CUES/MECS) – Nov 2020

Map showing distribution of Urgent Eye Care Services by CCG – Nov 2020

Detailed map showing distribution of Urgent Eye Care Services by CCG (including CCG identifiers) – Nov 2020

Two podcasts covering CUES are available:


PPE is now available to Optical Practices via the NHS. The range of PPE previously available for purchase from is now available from Greenmaple, working in partnership with Primary Eyecare Services and LOCSU.

LOCSU can be contacted via or

Other Sources of Current Guidance

General Coronavirus advice for clinicians:

The College of Optometrists are hosting an FAQ which can be found at:

Further advice can be found on government and NHS websites:

Remote Operating Support

The government’s social distancing policy, as well as many people self-isolating, creates a challenges for LOCs to to operate, particularly with regard to upcoming AGMs.

LOCSU can support all LOCs to meet via the use of Microsoft Teams. The Optical Leads team will be able to support LOCs regionally and at no additional cost to the LOC. A member of the team will contact each LOC to discuss the options and help support next steps.

The LOCSU Optical Leads are:


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