Louisa Wickham, the first national clinical director of ophthalmology appointed by NHS England, will speak at the Local Optical Committee Support Unit’s (Locsu) National Optical Conference at Queens Hotel in Leeds on October 10-12.

NHS England appointed Wickham to provide leadership for the transformation of eye care in recognition of the need to develop new pathways and reduce the risk of irreversible sight loss.

Wickham is a consultant ophthalmic surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital and was appointed medical director in 2020.

Other speakers slated for the event included Professor Anton Emmanuel, head of NHS workforce race equality standards, and Catherine Thompson from the NHS West Yorkshire integrated care board.