Primary care minister, David Mowat, will address delegates at this year’s National Optical Conference (NOC), the Local Optical Committee Support Unit (LOCSU) has confirmed.
In addition to the ministerial address on the opening day, other lectures at the two-day conference, which will take place on 10–11 November at the Hilton Metropole Birmingham, will cover the devolution of healthcare in Greater Manchester, NHS policy and leadership.
The conference programme will also feature a progress report on the Unit’s Breakthrough Strategy, which is being led by Richard Whittington, LOCSU’s new assistant director.
With many LOCs sending new officers as first-time delegates to the NOC, managing director of LOCSU, Katrina Venerus, commented: “Again, the NOC offers the latest in policy and research and unrivalled networking opportunities, as well as the place to pick up practical skills through the workshop sessions.
“We have published the programme as early as possible so that LOCs can choose delegates at their September meetings.”
Each LOC receives one free place and there will be ‘buddy’ system to match first-time attendees with experienced delegates.
For more information, to view the programme and to book, visit LOCSU's website.