General advice

Intervals bewteen sight tests: If you wish to seek clarification the Department of Health issued the following guidance and memorandum of understanding,  Frequency of Sight Tests It is important that the patients notes record any reason for an early recall.

NHS Choices: The NHS Choices system is being enhanced from September 2011 to include more information about practices, self-editable practice profiles and a new feedback and response facility system for patients. This change is to bring optical contractors into line with the NHS Choices systems that have already been rolled out for NHS hospitals, GPs, dentists and pharmacists  Guidance on NHS Choices prepared by the Optical Confederation will help you.

Referral form/template: developed for optional use to facilitate effective referrals and feedback. See ‘Referral Guidelines’ for further information and copy of form.

Safeguarding Children: Hampshire, Portsmouth City and Southampton City have issued guidance in the form of a Flow chart to assist independent contractors.

Vision Strategy You may find the RNIB commissioned research into Future Sight Loss of interest. Please click here for access to these documents


What’s New?

Thu 27 September 18 | Pre-Authorisation of Adult GOS 4 Claims
NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) have been asked by NHS England to run a national pilot for the pre-authorisation of adult GOS 4 vouchers. It is envisaged that this pilot will begin in November 2018. For more information on this important development please see the attached briefing from NHS Business Services Authority.


Mon 17 September 18 | LOC Committee Meetings - Future Dates
All dates for forthcoming LOC Committee meetings are published below. Meetings are 18:15 for an 18:30 start. Meetings are open to all Hampshire LOC members. If you wish to attend please email the Business Manager isilk@hampshireloc.org.uk well in advance of the meeting you wish to attend.
  • 22 Nov 18 – Novotel Southampton
  • 22 Jan 19 – Causeway Business Centre, Petersfield
  • 02 Apr 19 – Novotel Southampton
  • 05 Jun 19 – AGM (venue tbc)
  • 09 Jul 19 – Causeway Business Centre, Petersfield
  • 03 Sep 19 – Novotel Southampton
  • 10 Dec 19 – Causeway Business Centre, Petersfield

Mon 17 September 18 | LOCSU Latest - September Edition
Please click the link below to view LOCSU Latest September edition for your information.  Please feel free to pass on to any colleagues who may be interested. September Newsletter

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Business Manager: Ian Silk (07808) 658143 | Postal Address: c/o 5 Lily Walk, Durrington, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP4 8ND