Committee Officers


Roisin Carruthers

I’m Roisin Carruthers, domiciled in North Hampshire now for twenty years. During this time I’ve worked for Boots Opticians based in Basingstoke as a resident optometrist, a pre reg assessor for the College of Optometrists and as a Lead assessor for WOPEC.

I’m very new to the post of Chair but have served on the LOC Committee since its reconfiguration.

I’m currently engaged in getting as many Hampshire Optometrists as possible accredited to perform extended services so that the CCG’s can commission these with confidence.


Vice Chair:


David McCluskey

I am a recently qualified optometrist who is originally from Northern Ireland but studied at Cardiff, I moved to sunny Hampshire over two years ago and haven’t looked back since. Primarily, I work at Cameron-Davies Opticians but also work within a general Ophthalmology clinic at QA hospital which allows me experience a wide range of different eye conditions. I’m currently studying to become an Independent Prescriber in my spare time.

I’ve recently joined the committee and am trying to learn as much as I can from the experienced members around me and add my thoughts when possible.


Honorary Secretary:

Anne Gill

I am a Dispensing Optician with over 35 years’ experience. After working for the multiples for many years I opened my own independent practice in Portsmouth in January 2013.  I am thoroughly enjoying the challenges running your own business presents.  I joined the LOC in 2013 as I feel I can bring a different perspective to the committee and I hope my presence there will encourage more DO’s to consider attending our local LOC meetings.


Honorary Treasurer:

William Vance – Treasurer

 I have been an Optometrist for nearly 30 years. Since July 1991, I have been a Joint

Venture Partner with Specsavers Opticians, and I now work in Havant and in

Waterlooville. I was a founding member of Specsavers Professional Advancement

Committee and was on the training board for several years.


I have served actively on the LOC for 15 years and have been interested in Clinical

Governance. The future holds change for all who work with CCG’s and that brings

both threat and opportunity. I see the next few years as an exciting time for Community Optometry.


Committee Members

Steve Rowley

I am an Optometrist with 35 years experience in independent private practice. I am currently a partner in an independent optometry group with four practices on the Isle of Wight.

I have previously been on the Professional Executive Committee of the Island PCT until December 2006 and the LOC for the last twelve years.

I have worked in a Diabetic Screening Program within the hospital environment and in private practice and I believe that Optometry should be the natural provider of community eyecare provision.

I have decided to help achieve a more clinically focussed role for Optometrists by volunteering as a Director of the Hampshire and IOW Primary Eyecare Company, through which we hope to commission more eyecare schemes in the community on behalf of the NHS, to the mutual benefit of Optometry and patients.

I hope my many years’ experience will be valuable to both the Company and the LOC in achieving these aims.

Nigel Gemmell

My name is Nigel Gemmell. I own an independent practice on the outskirts of the New Forest. I have been in optics since 1982, starting off as an Optical technician before becoming a Dispensing Optician in 1995 and then doing the Optometry degree at Aston in 1997. (Best three years of my life).

I am very passionate about our profession and joined the LOC to keep abreast of the ever increasing changes.

Outside of Optometry I am a very keen (although not very good) golfer.

Andrew Bridges

I have worked in Hampshire for twenty years in independent, multiple and now group practice in my current role as Director of Professional Services for Leightons Opticians . I was the second Optometrist to be accredited as Peer Review facilitator with a keen interest in clinical governance.


Priyanka Dilen Patel 

Having graduated from City University I continued my professional development and completed the professional certificate in Glaucoma. I am an independent optometrist and established my own practice in Tadley Hampshire in 2014. I assess for the Wopec OSCEs which allows me to meet many different Optometrists.

I am one of the youngest members of the Hampshire Local Optical Committee &  believe strongly in promoting Optometrists in community based schemes. The “PEARS and Glaucoma Refinement scheme” have shown this is achievable, ensuring we provide better services to our patients.


Paul Cogley 

Registered with the GOC in 1979, former owner of three practices, returning now to locum work. Supporter of enhanced services, but only when they are properly remunerated.


Patrick Allen

I am a Dispensing Optician, practice owner and have practised in Hampshire for over 20 years. I am new the LOC and looking forward to contributing for the Gosport and Fareham area.


Gina Graham



Co-Opted Members


Primary Eyecare Southern Ltd – Director


What’s New?

Thu 01 March 18 | Optometrist Vacancies - Southampton Eye Unit, University Hospital Southampton NHS FT
The Optometry department would like to recruit 2 enthusiastic and motivated Optometrists to join our expanding service.  The posts will involve working within the glaucoma service and eye casualty, under Ophthalmologist supervision, as well as a variety of core optometric roles.  These could include providing paediatric and adult refractions, post-op cataract and corneal cross linking clinics.  Also, low vision assessments and medical contact lens fitting.  Due to the expanding services we are looking at new ways to see patients and run clinics so there will be some work in peripheral clinic settings as well as virtual clinics and occasional Saturday clinics.  This is a fantastic opportunity to work within this regional center of excellence and join an expanding team of 23 Ophthalmologists and 7 Optometrists, Specialist Nurse Practitioners, Orthoptists and support staff.  The posts are permanent, 5 days (37.5 hrs) per week and will include occasional Saturdays.  Previous experience would be beneficial, but full training will be provided.  The successful candidates will be qualified, GOC registered, with a good work ethic and willing to go the extra mile to provide the best service for the patients.   Further details can be found at

Fri 23 February 18 | Direct Referrals to Solent Medical Services & University Hospital Southampton
It has been brought to the attention of the Hampshire LOC that practices in the Southampton area are referring Southampton City GP patients to GPs via GOS 18 for further referral to HES when there is no longer a requirement. You are reminded that the NHS Standard Contract for GOS states:
  1. Where the Contractor or an ophthalmic practitioner employed or engaged by it to perform the Contract is of the opinion that a patient whose sight has been tested pursuant to clause 30— 31.1. shows on examination signs of injury, disease or abnormality in the eye or elsewhere which may require medical treatment; or 31.2. is not likely to attain a satisfactory standard of vision notwithstanding the application of corrective lenses, it shall, if appropriate, and with the consent of the patient— 31.3. refer the patient to an ophthalmic hospital, which includes an ophthalmic department of a hospital, 31.4. inform the patient’s doctor or GP practice that it has done so, and 31.5. give the patient a written statement that it has done so, with details of the referral.
Southampton City CCG have re-confirmed that any Southampton City GP patients should be referred directly to the appropriate service whether it is a MECS Practice, Solent Medical Services (SMS) or UHS. Specifically in respect of SMS, they will see Southampton registered patients for:
  • Suspected glaucoma/OHT, with an intra-ocular pressure >21mmHg <35mmHg with normal optic nerve head and visual field
  • Suspected cataract
  • Vitreo-retinal pathology including floaters
  • Ocular surface pathology (including dry eyes and blepharitis and chronic red eye conditions)
  • Insertion of punctual plugs for dry eyes
  • Macular pathology except wet AMD (macular degeneration) conditions - wet AMD patients are to be urgently referred on to UHS
Details on how to refer to SMS are available on the Hampshire LOC website at
Wed 20 December 17 | Safeguarding Training for Opticians
Dorset and Hampshire Safeguarding Board run a series of safeguarding courses and Primary Care Commissioning Support at NHSE are looking into the courses being run for the primary care contractors.  At present they offer a series of courses that are run during the day.  These courses are topic specific.  The courses cover level 1, Level 2 and level 3.  The course materials will be available on the safeguarding boards website. Can you let Primary Care Commissioning Support (details below) know if you  would be interested in attending safeguarding training and what levels you would be interested in.   When is the best time to hold the training events?  ie a whole day, half day session in either morning or afternoon or evening only.   How much notice would needs need when the training sessions are organised.? Please email your thoughts as soon as possible so that they can look into arranging the training sessions.   Contact details: Helen Wardle Primary Care Commissioning Support  South Region (Wessex) NHS England Oakley Road | Southampton | Hampshire | SO16 4GX Telephone 0113 824 9850 Email

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