What we do

Hampshire Local Optical Committee (LOC) is a statutory body established to represent Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians providing General Ophthalmic Services in Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth City and Southampton City. The remit of the LOC is set out in its constitution  Constitution. The work of the LOC is funded by the collection of a statutory levy, based on a percentage of sight test fee income.  The amount deducted, calculated after drawing up the budget, is agreed by a resolution at the AGM. Accounts and a report of the LOCs work are produced for the AGM.

The LOC is here to support and advise optometrists,Clinical Commissioning Groups and NHS England – South (Wessex) about NHS Contract matters, locally agreed eyecare schemes and clinical governance. In fact anything related to eye care. In the rare instances where the commissioners raises concerns about an optometrist’s performance the LOC is able to assist. If performers have concerns about health issues the LOC may be able to help and support.

As a registered CET provider the LOC provides a number of educational events during the year.

The LOC meets formally at least four times a year. In between its members attend meetings with CCG and NHS England – South (Wessex) staff and carry out any work necessary to develop eye care services. An Annual General Meeting (AGM) is held to report on the LOC’s activities and the use of the statutory levy.

Agendas and minutes from previous LOC meetings and AGMs are available on request from  the LOC Business Manager.


What’s New?

Mon 24 April 17 | Notification of Annual General Meeting – 06 June 2017
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Hampshire LOC will be held on 06 June 2017  at Norton Park Hotel, Sutton Scotney, Nr Winchester SO21 3NB.  Registration for the event will commence at 18:00hrs. Prior to the AGM starting there will be a talk by our guest speaker Mr Jay Self BM FRCOphth PhD, Associate Professor, Consultant Ophthalmologist and specialist in paediatric ophthalmology entitled “Working with kids: tips and cautionary tales”. Attendees will be able to claim one CET point for attending the lecture. Click on the following for the Agenda for the evening, Committee Nomination and the Chair's Report . We hope that as many of you as possible will attend the meeting to hear all about the LOC’s activities in the past year and proposals for the coming year. We currently have two vacancies on the Management Committee (one Contractor and one Performer) so if you wish to be nominated for a position on the Committee; you should complete the nomination paper and return to Hampshire LOC Business Manager by Friday 12 May 2017. If you are uncertain as to which category you may wish to be considered for, please contact me for further advice. Please confirm your intention to attend or request a proxy or postal vote by emailing isilk@hampshireloc.org.uk  by Friday, 12 May 2017. The results of any committee nominations will be circulated in advance of the AGM along with a postal voting or proxy paper for those of you unable to attend the meeting.


Tue 11 April 17 | Open Sight Hampshire - April Newsletter
Please find attached the latest edition of ‘Second Sight ’ magazine. As ever, I very much hope there are articles of interest and use to you, colleagues, clients and service users.
Tue 28 March 17 | Four Seasons CET Event 10 May 17
Four Seasons Optometry Education, has another CET event scheduled for 10th May 2017. The topic will be "Oculoplastics Update". As usual, it will be an engaging and interactive event. One CET has been approved for the event. Spaces are limited. Applicants should reserve early and ensure they’re able to attend. There will be a reserve list and any queries should be directed to fourseasonsoptometry@gmail.com. More information and how to register is available via the following link

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Business Manager: Ian Silk (07808) 658143 | Postal Address: c/o Spire Business Solutions, Unit 21, Portway Business Centre, Old Sarum, Salisbury SP4 6QX