Welcome to the website of the Inner South West London Local Optical Committee (ISWL LOC)

The Inner South West London  LOC  (ISWL LOC) is an organization which represents optometrists and dispensing opticians in our area. It was formed from the merger in March 2024 of the Merton Sutton & Wandsworth and  Kingston Richmond & Twickenham  LOCs.

LOCs were formed to be the official representatives for all GOS contractors and practitioners within their area and to work with local Integrated Care Boards (ICBs)  on matters relating to NHS optical services.

The ISWL LOC strives to set up local community optometry services, have good communication with other professionals such as pharmacists, public health officials, local council officials, charities that provide optical services (such as the Pocklington Trust) and the London Eye Health Professional Network.

In addition, the LOC is the first point of call for performers and contractors who may have an issue or query.

The purpose of this website is to provide eye care practitioners, other health care professionals and the public with information about all aspects of eye care provision available within Merton, Sutton, Wandsworth, Kingston, Richmond and Twickenham.


Purpose of the LOC

  • Informing, advising and negotiating with local NHS England teams and ICBs on matters including delivering GOS, delivering local extended primary care services, and acting on other issues relevant to the local optical community
  • Responding to relevant consultations.
  • Facilitating and encouraging local contractors and performers to formulate collective views.
  • Disseminating information among local contractors and performers to help them to understand and comply with their duties.
  • Conveying the views of local contractors and performers to the national representative bodies.
  • Contributing to the development of national policies.
  • Liaising with other LOCs and LOCSU to support the LOC in developing and achieving their objectives.
  • Obtaining support, advice and training services from LOCSU and/or the national representative bodies.