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New information gives clarity on multi-professional skills to deliver new pathways of care

A new document from the National Eye Care Recovery and Transformation Programme Team sets out the current courses and qualifications (including core professional skills) for registered eye health care professionals and how they relate to service capabilities that provide safe patient care. The information has been developed in collaboration with key eye care stakeholders, and

RCOphth follow up survey finds continued cataract rationing imposed by CCGs despite NICE Guidance

Cataract surgery is the most common operation performed, with approximately 400,000 operations delivered per year in the UK. It is one of the most cost effective and successful operations in modern healthcare. Delays or restrictions to cataract surgery for those who will benefit from the procedure can limit people’s ability to lead independent lives and

Local Tariff Variation and Ophthalmology Commissioning

Recent changes in tariffs for out-patients in England favour payment for new patient over review appointments. These changes in the National Tariff Payment System for 2017/19 are final and are legally binding. However, using the freedom allowed in the National Tariff Payment System to use local tariff variation, CCGs and providers can modify the structure

New outpatient tariffs and the impact on ophthalmology – managing change for commissioning services

The RCOphth has issued a further response to the December 2016 statement on how the new outpatient tariffs place unnecessary pressure on departments to discharge patients at a time when there is no suitable community care option available. You can read the response below or alternatively download it as a pdf. What are the potential patient safety risks in

The Way Forward Resources

The increasing demand for hospital eye services (HES) is not being met and continues to grow – currently seeing nearly 10% of all outpatient appointments and performing 6% of the surgery in the UK. The Way Forward was commissioned by The Royal College of Ophthalmologists to identify current methods of working and schemes devised by ophthalmology