• Eye health needs assessment: east Midlands and east of England

    16 May 2018

    Public Health England has published a report of an epidemiological assessment of eye health needs across three local eye health networks in the central Midlands and north Midlands NHS England areas.

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  • Improving delivery of eye health and sight loss services in England

    12 April 2018

    The Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning (CCEHC), which represents the leading clinical professions and sight loss charity organisations in the eye-care sector, has launched a new systems and assurance framework for eye health (SAFE).

    Increasing demands on eye health services due to the ageing population and the availability of new treatments continue to create capacity issues within the hospital eye service as well as pressures on general practice and social care. SAFE provides a sustainable, consistent and coordinated approach to delivering efficient eye health and sight loss pathways. SAFE is aimed at those involved in eye health and sight loss services: clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and local authority commissioners, local eye health networks and providers across health and social care.

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  • General ophthalmic service fees and voucher values from April 2018

    9 April 2018

    The Department of Health and Social Care has published details of NHS general ophthalmic fees and optical voucher values for financial year 2018 to 2019.

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  • College of Optometrists’ funded research identifies weaknesses in optometric data

    15 December 2017

    The College of Optometrists says that the lack of public health data on the prevalence of eye conditions is undermining planning.

    The college has published the findings of a research project, which identified that, despite an increasing amount of clinical data being held electronically in optometric practice systems, and a growing prevalence of eye conditions that require greater management, the data is not organised in a way that it can be used for research and service planning purposes.

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  • Commissioning guide for paediatric screening

    3 March 2017

    The Royal College of Ophthalmologists has published its latest advice on commissioning of ophthalmic services for children. The approaches to the prevention of vision/eye conditions and promotion of good visual health for children require very different approaches to those used in adult services. This briefing document will help inform commissioners of the key issues to consider when commissioning services for children with conditions that cause visual impairment or blindness and children with common eye conditions that cause milder reduction in vision.

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