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June 18 2012
OT has compiled a list of the most commonly asked questions about the event
If you are interested in the development of local community eye care, but have not yet been to the National Optical Conference (NOC), here’s your chance to find out if it’s the event for you.
What is the NOC and who’s it organised by?
The National Optical Conference is an annual conference aimed at anyone with an interest in the development of local community eye care. It is organised by the AOP on behalf of the Local Optical Committee Support Unit (LOCSU) and the Optical Confederation.
The programme is a mix of speakers from the NHS, Department of Health and other leading health organisations. Alongside the main programme, there will be interactive networking sessions where local eye care professionals
can discuss some of the issues affecting the expansion of community eye care in their region. For example, this year ‘Leadership in Optics’ workstreams will offer practical sessions on specific areas, including: LOC companies, eye health needs assessments and evaluating enhanced services. The regional meeting sessions will provide an opportunity for people to catch up on what is happening in their region.
Who are the main speakers this year?
- Ben Dyson CBE, director of policy commissioning and primary care for the Department of Health. Mr Dyson will give delegates an update on the latest commissioning reforms and what they mean for the development of local eye care services
- Jim Barlow, optical lead, NHS Commissioning Board Implementation Programme, will outline the latest news on local professional networks and the input expected from LOCs to make these a valuable tool in moving eye health up the agenda of Clinical Commissioning Groups
- Richard Oliver, joint clinical director at Sheffield NHS Clinical Commissioning Group. Mr Oliver will provide expert analysis of the work that LOCs need to do to get more local eye care services commissioned
- Edna Robinson, managing director of the Clinical Commissioning Community Programme and national lead for NHS Networks. Ms Robinson will set out how to truly ‘get connected’ in the new NHS and beyond.
What else is there to see?
The NOC features an expanded exhibition area where
delegates can meet suppliers, manufacturers, and other relevant companies and organisations, including training providers.
The event also plays host to the AOP Awards, now in its second year.
Where and when is it being held?
The event starts on Thursday, October 18, 2012 to Friday, October 19, 2012 and is held at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel, just 10 minutes from Birmingham International Airport. The hotel is one of the UK’s largest conference hotels, situated on the site of the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) and has good transport links to Birmingham city centre.
How can I get a ‘free place’? What does the delegate rate include?
Each Local and Regional Optical Committee (LOC/ROC) has access to a free-of-charge delegate place (including accommodation and food). Alternatively, the normal residential delegate rate is £540 plus VAT, which has been kept the same for two years.
How can I find out more or book a place?
For more information on the NOC 2012 and to book a place, visit www.locsu.co.uk
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