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 26 June 17 | VISION 2020 UK – Pathway for Children and Young People (0 to 25 years) with Vision Impairment, and their Families
The VISION 2020 UK Pathway for Children and Young People with vision impairment is a best practice, generic pathway that requires health, social care, education and the voluntary sector to work collaboratively to meet the needs of the child / young person and family. It ensures parents/carers, children and young people are at the heart of the decision making process.  The pathway is designed to be applicable for all countries within the UK such from national decision makers to regional, community providers and collaborative groups.VISION-2020-UK-CYP-Pathway  


Tue 20 June 17 | HAving Trouble with CET Payments from PCSE?
Are you having trouble getting your CET payments from PCSE? If you have submitted youe forms and not yet received payment contact ceridwyn.lewis@nhs.net at PCSE
Thu 15 June 17 | St Mary's Treatment Centre Open Day 17 June 2017
St Mary's Treatment Centre is holding an open day on Saturday 17 June 2017 and all are welcome to attend. Details of timings and whats on can be found here .

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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