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?

Sat 16 February 19 | New from LOCSU - Data Security and Protection Toolkit Update
Please see LOCSU's latest news about DSPT on QiO for your information. https://www.locsu.co.uk/what-we-do/communications/news-flashes/data-security-and-protection-toolkit-update/ Any queries, please email LOCSU at info@locsu.co.uk.


Sat 16 February 19 | Optometrist Required in Winchester
Optometrist Required for Winchester Independent: We are looking for a full time optom to join our happy team. Great salary and benefits in the beautiful historic town of Winchester, Hampshire. The ideal candidate will be interested in myopia management and dry eye assessment - if you are interested but not yet very experienced, training in these areas (and also in OCT interpretation) can be provided. We have a large team of skilled support staff, with five qualified Dispensing Opticians and also three part-time Optoms who you would be working alongside, as we have several consulting rooms and run double clinics on most days. Appointment times are 30 to 40 minutes (with pre-screening OCT) and our varied patient base ensures interesting day to day clinics and outside of work we enjoy the odd social gathering too! Contact cshipway@eyes.co.uk for further info.
Thu 24 January 19 | Hampshire LOC AGM - Save the Date - Guest Speaker Announced
On 5th June 2019 Hampshire LOC will be holding its Annual AGM including Committee elections from 18:00 - 21:00 at the Novotel, West Quay Road,  Southampton. We are pleased to announce that our guest speaker this year will be: Professor Pete Coffey, Professor of Visual Psychophysics, Director of the London Project to Cure Blindness at the Institute of Ophthalmology, University College London. Professor Coffey will talk about the project that aims to replace damaged and diseased retinal cells that lead to Age-related Macular degeneration with healthy cells that are grown from stem cells.

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