As the recognised local representative body, running an LOC and being an LOC Officer carries certain responsibilities and requires specific skills which LOCSU can help you develop.
The most effective LOCs have a range of members – both contractors and performers, optometrists and dispensing opticians, experienced and newly-qualified – and clearly defined roles to undertake legal, financial and operational responsibilities.
Established by the NHS (Amendment) Act 1949, LOCs represent the interests and are comprised of optical contractors and performers within defined areas while raising the profile of optics. LOCs are funded by a statutory levy on GOS sight tests in their localities and meet regularly, also holding an AGM. A well-run LOC is a major asset to the local optical community, NHS and local authorities, and the public alike.
LOCs fulfil a number of important functions. In this section of the website you will find guidance on running an LOC, officer training, adaptable local resources, practical tips on how to run a successful AGM and links to your LOC website.