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?

Tue 11 June 19 | Additional Services Contracts in Hampshire - PEC Services Registration
If your practice does not currently subcontract with PEC Services and would like your practice to be involved;  please read attached information with regards to how to get involved and the compliance which is required; if you wish to participate complete the Registration form via this link  http://bit.ly/opto-reg-portal Currently this will mostly affect practices in Southampton City CCG, West Hants CCG and North Hants CCG areas of operation.


Tue 11 June 19 | Payment of HES Vouchers Issued by UHS
University Hospital Southampton has recently changed the way their invoices are dealt with and are now sorting things in house rather than via SBS in Wakefield.  This has resulted in some changes to procedure. Despite the changes optical practices should still continue to send completed HES claims directly to Rory McClenaghan at the address on the voucher, he can then get things organised for payment.  
Wed 08 May 19 | Hampshire LOC AGM - 05 June 2019

Notification of Annual General Meeting 05 June 2019

To all local Contractors and Performers in the Hampshire LOC area: The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Hampshire LOC will be held on Wednesday 05 June 2019 At   Novotel Southampton 1 West Quay Road Southampton SO15 1RA     Registration for the event will commence at 18:00hrs. Prior to the AGM starting there will be a talk by our guest speaker Professor Pete Coffey, Director of the London Project. Key achievements. The Agenda for the evening, Chair’s Report and the Committee Nomination form, are available via the following links:   AGM Agenda 2019 Committee Nomination Paper Chair's Report We hope that as many of you as possible will attend the meeting to hear all about the LOC’s activities in the past year and proposals for the coming year. This year, all but two posts on the Management Committee are up for election (Six Contractor representatives & four Performer representatives) so if you wish to be nominated for a position on the Committee; you should complete the Nomination paper and return to me by Monday 13th May 2019. Please confirm your intention to attend including GOC Number and any dietary requirements or, request a proxy or postal vote by emailing isilk@hampshireloc.org.uk  by Monday, 13 May 2019. Further details together with committee nominations and postal voting or proxy paper (for those of you unable to attend) will be sent out on or about 15 May 2019. Ian Silk - Hampshire LOC Business Manager     Optometry is changing at its fastest ever rate and our profession is in need of change in response to the disruptive technology all around us in the digital age. The way you work in the future will be shaped by these technologies. There are both opportunities and threats posed by these changes. The LOC represents all practitioners in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight whether they  work in the corporate or independent sectors. It negotiates for enhanced services with the local NHS and is also engaged with our national representatives at LOCSU to further the aims of the profession. Make no mistake! Change will occur with or without our input. The LOC needs to be revitalised with young enthusiastic practitioners whose futures will be affected by these changes.  No experience is necessary except for your understanding of the situation. Please put yourself , or a colleague forward for election at this year’s AGM in June . We will help you to settle in with an LOC” buddy “who can explain any unfamiliar terms or NHS working methods. Give something back to your profession and help us to be better in the future. After all it is you who will ultimately have to live and work with these changes. Please view the following short video to see what you get out of being involved with the LOC

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