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 November 18 | NHSBSA Christmas Opening Hours 2018
Notice of Christmas Opening Hours NHSBSA Ophthalmic Team  Due to the NHSBSA building opening hours over Christmas the Provider Assurance Ophthalmic Team have been required to revise their working hours for the 2018 Christmas period. The revised times as discussed and agreed with NHS England are as follows: Christmas Eve - Closed all day Thursday 27th, Friday 28th and Monday 31st December - Opening hours are 8am till 4pm Normal hours commence from 2nd January 2019 8am to 4.30pm. Our website will be updated on the 1st December 2018 to reflect the revised opening hours for the Christmas period. Any queries please contact Provider Assurance Ophthalmic Team on 0300 330 9403 Linda Ross Lead Team Manager Provider Assurance Ophthalmic Team.


Mon 19 November 18 | Universal Credit and NHS GOS
Below is a link to NHS.UK website which provides information regarding Universal Credit entitlement to NHS GOS and how to record on NHS GOS forms Universal Credit - Help with Health Costs
Mon 19 November 18 | Open Sight Magazine - November 2018
The Open Sight magazine - Hampshire's principle organisation for visually impaired people - November 2018

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