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?

Wed 13 November 19 | All Contractors Portsmouth, SE Hants and Fareham & Gosport CCGs Tuesday 12th November 2019
Following our Letter to Contractors, dated 4th September 2019, we have been contacted by a number of contractors who are concerned that they are still being sent patients from St Mary’s Treatment Centre. These patients have not been seen for their post-operative care, and contractors are being expected to provide this under GOS. As per our letter, we advise contractors not to see such patients under GOS, and to refer these patients back to St Mary’s Treatment Centre. A meeting between Hampshire LOC, the CCG and St Mary’s Treatment Centre will be taking place at the end of this month. We will update all contractors following this meeting at the appropriate time. Sean Matthews Chair – Hampshire LOC


Tue 29 October 19 | LOCSU Newsletter October 2019
Here is a link to the latest LOCSU newsletter 
Tue 29 October 19 | Online Ophthalmic Payment Service Starts 28 October 2019
Message from PCSE National roll out I’m pleased to tell you that the national roll out of the online Ophthalmic Payment service starts today. The team made the final technical preparations over the weekend and the service has now successfully gone live. This means that all users of the PCSE Online service can now submit GOS 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 forms online. The full service, which launched today, has also incorporated feedback from our Early Adopter users, to deliver even better functionality. This includes the auto population of claim values in GOS3 vouchers based on prescription entered, which will greatly improve the accuracy of claims. We will also be introducing some additional enhancements over the coming weeks, as a result of early adopter feedback including:
  • extending the time out on the signature capture on GOS claims
  • allowing a Performer to create a GOS3 once they have signed the declaration on a GOS1, which improves the workflow as they don’t need to wait until the GOS 1 has been submitted.
We expect to have these upgrades deployed by mid-November. Updated User Guides will also be available for all GOS forms soon. These will include step by step instructions on submitting GOS4s, PVNs and GOS6s, and updated information on GOS1, GOS3 and GOS5. You can find out more via our website - https://pcse.england.nhs.uk/services/ophthalmic-payments/. If you have any questions, please do get in touch with the team via pcse.optomengagement@nhs.net. Best wishes Kirsty Adlem Ophthalmic Engagement Manager Communications & Engagement Team

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