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?

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