The North East London LOC (NELLOC) is the statutory body that represents practitioners providing General Ophthalmic Services in the boroughs of Barking, Havering, Redbridge and Waltham Forest.
   The objectives of NELLOC may be summarized as follows:
To inform, advise and negotiate with NHS England Area Teams , Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) , Local authorities and others on matters affecting, or liable to affect, local ophthalmic practitioners (contractors and performers).

Our Organisational Aims
   As gatekeepers of eyecare, our vision is to be recognized as a key stakeholder in the delivery of high quality, accessible eye care across the area.
   As an organisation, we aim to:
  • Work with optometry practices and across the health system to improve eye health outcomes and reduce inequalities in the provision of care
  • Work with partners to deliver eye care services which meet local need
  • Work with partners to develop community orientated eye care services that meet local need
  • Work with registered eye care providers to recruit, retain and develop the current and future workforce
  • Advise commissioners on matters affecting optometrists providing General Ophthalmic Services
  • Enable optometrists in the local area to formulate collective views and develop ideas for improvement and better ways of working
  • Advise commissioners on the scope and efficiency of eye care services locally
  • Provide a range of educational events for local optometrists, ensuring opportunities for peer support and developing relationships with the wider health-care community
LOC Members

Vice Chair: 



CET Co-ordinator:

Committee members: 
Jignasa Joshi

Jonathan Sames

Gaynor Harvey


Ioannis Tompazos

Joanne Abbott

Bhupinder Bhattu
Vijay Gulati
Chris Packford
Peter Richards
Gurjit Singh Sehmi
Gurvinder Tanna

The LOC meets regularly throughout the year. If you would like to attend and observe any meetings or would like to raise a matter, please email info@nelondonloc.com

The LOC is funded by a statutory levy, which is collected from providers of General Optical Services within the PCT areas of Barking, Havering, Redbridge and Waltham Forest.
These funds cover the cost of:
  • Meetings
  • Project costs
  • Support and tools
  • Education and training
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