LOCSU provides information and advice to members of Local Optical committees (LOCs) to ensure that they are clear about General Ophthalmic Service regulations and contacts as well as terms of service.  We support the main optical representative bodies (AOP, FODO and ABDO) in keeping members up-to-date with the latest news so that they can be sure that they operate within the law.

General Ophthalmic Services in England (GOS)

Check out the latest information on GOS regulations in England, by visiting the relevant pages of the optical representative bodies’ websites.

Here you will find information relating to areas such as:

GOS 18 Electronic Forms

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You can find relevant advice and information about GOS in England from the organisations at the bottom of the page.

NHS Brand guidelines

Please note that guidance on the use of the NHS identity and logo in optical practices in England can be found on the NHS Identity website and then link to:

Quality in Optometry – Contract compliance and clinical governance

To help all optical professionals, the optical bodies have developed a toolkit which provides practical information on GOS contract compliance and clinical governance.

Freedom of Information Act

Model Publication Schemes

England, Wales and Northern Ireland

In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, every public authority, as defined in the Freedom of Information Act 2000, is required to have a publication scheme. A publication scheme sets out the public authority’s commitment to provide information to the public, to publish information, to make it possible for information to be easily identified and accessed, and to review and update that information regularly. For this purpose, optometrists and dispensing opticians in receipt of GOS payments are deemed to be public authorities.

The Information Commissioner has written a Publication Scheme which is the only approved scheme for opticians in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Optical Confederation have produced the "Model Publication Scheme September 2014", which complies with the approved scheme. Practitioners can download the document and personalise it by adding their own practice details in the areas written in blue.

All practices must have a publication scheme – by law.

Domiciliary providers may have to make further amendments to this document because of the different ways in which they practise. Making such amendments as are necessary should not be onerous.

More information

Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO)

Association of Optometrists (AOP)

Federation of Ophthalmic (and Dispensing) Opticians (FODO)

The Optical Confederation (OC)


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Dates for the diary

Doncaster & Bassetlaw LOC's AGM

Crown Hotel, High Street, Bawtry, Doncaster DN10 6JW

Annual AGM

2018-03-21 18:00:00 - 2018-03-21 20:30:00

Contact name: Daniel Gilbert

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East Sussex LOC's AGM

CCG Offices, Friars Walk, Lewes

Annual AGM

2018-03-21 19:00:00 - 2018-03-21 21:00:00

Contact name: Jackie Oxley

Contact email:

Sandwell LOC's AGM

Park Inn, M5 Jct1, Birmingham Rd, West Bromwich, B70 6RS.

Annual AGM

2018-03-22 18:30:00 - 2018-03-22 21:00:00

Contact name: Peter Hampson

Contact email:

Hertfordshire LOC's AGM

Biopark, Room 2, Broadwater Road, Welwyn Garden City, AL7 3AX

Annual AGM

2018-03-26 18:30:00 - 2018-03-26 21:00:00

Contact name: Dawn Doe

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Lancashire & Morecambe Bay LOC (formerly North & West Lancs)

Brockholes Visitor Centre, New Road, Preston, PR5 0AG

Annual AGM

2018-03-28 18:00:00 - 2018-03-28 20:30:00

Contact name: Paul Hutchence

Contact email:

Surrey LOC's AGM

Ripley Village Hall, High Street, Ripley, Woking , Surrey GU23 6AF

Annual AGM

2018-04-09 19:00:00 - 2018-04-09 21:00:00

Contact name: Sarah Jane Minter

Contact email:

North Yorkshire LOC's AGM

Crown Hotel, Boroughbridge YO51 9LB

Annual AGM

2018-04-17 18:30:00 - 2018-04-17 21:00:00

Contact name: Sarah Ashworth

Contact email:

Buckinghamshire LOC's AGM

Postgraduate Education Centre, Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Mandeville Rd, Aylesbury HP21 8AL

Annual AGM

2018-04-17 19:00:00 - 2018-04-17 21:30:00

Contact name: Angela McNamee

Contact email:

Durham LOC's AGM

Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham, DH1 1TD

Annual AGM

2018-05-09 18:15:00 - 2018-05-09 21:00:00

Contact name: Richard Naisbitt

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Kingston, Richmond & Twickenham LOC's AGM

Cole Court, 150 London Road, Twickenham, TW1 1HD

Annual AGM

2018-05-09 19:00:00 - 2018-05-09 21:00:00

Contact name: Anna Buxton

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