More than 200 Local Optical Committee (LOC) delegates met in Warwick last week for the annual National Optical Conference (NOC).

Alan Tinger, chair of the LOC Support Unit (Locsu) , welcomed attendees to the Chesford Grange Hotel for the new-style one-day event and began proceedings by referring to the uncertain ‘political and economic’ climate that would face the medical profession post-Brexit.

Richard Whittington delivered a review of the year in which the chief operating officer announced plans for a centralised system of Primary Eyecare Companies (PEC). Whittington also notified the audience that ‘step down care’ would be renamed as community monitoring services.

Attendees were then given the opportunity to earn CET points by participating in workshops during the morning. These included a community monitoring for glaucoma seminar, an introduction to commissioning session and a governance game aimed at LOC officers.

After lunch, attendees listened to Keith Valentine from Vision UK before guests were invited to take part in a series of panel discussions. These included a session on the Primary Care Support England (PCSE) transformation led by its managing director Paul Dawson.