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 06 January 20 | Primary Care Networks - Feedback Required by Wednesday 15th January 2020
If you work in primary, community or social care, we want your feedback on the five national service specifications due to be delivered by #PrimaryCareNetworks from April. Share your views by 1pm on Wednesday 15 January. https://engage.england.nhs.uk/survey/primary-care-networks-service-specifications/


Fri 03 January 20 | Eye Care Survey for People with Learning Difficulties
An eye care survey for people with learning difficulties is now live  until 16 February 2020 Here the link to the survey https://bit.ly/wveyesurvey. Also attached is the Eye Care Survey Easy Read Low Res Optometrists are encouraged patients with learning difficulties and their carers to complete the survey.
Tue 24 December 19 | Hampshire LOC 3 Year Strategic Plan
Back in November the LOC Management Committee took time out to consider what the LOC stands for and operates with a  view to putting together a plan for the future in the face of an ever changing NHS and how we can best deliver services in this challenging environment. IMG_3874-2Attached is the Hampshire LOC Strategic Plan for 2019 -22 and we hope you find it of interest. If you have any thoughts we would welcome your feedback. Please email isilk@hampshireloc.org.uk and your comments will be passed to the committee. Hampshire LOC Strategic Plan 2019-22

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