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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

2021 Spending Review presents an opportunity for long term investment in NHS and eye care services

RCOphth President Professor Bernie Chang assesses what we need to see from this week’s Comprehensive Spending Review and Autumn Budget to support a sustainable eye care service in the coming years. Every three to four years the Chancellor conducts a Comprehensive Spending Review, where funding for government departments in England and the devolved administrations is

RCOphth responds to select committees and MPs report on Coronavirus: Lessons learned to date 

A joint parliamentary select committee report published yesterday has assessed some of the key decisions the UK has taken during the pandemic and lessons that needed to be learnt. While acknowledging there were some areas where the UK performed well, such as vaccine development and rollout, the report overall is very critical of the UK

RCOphth welcomes extra NHS funding which will help address eye care backlogs

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) has welcomed the announcement that the NHS in England will receive an extra £5.4 billion over the next six months to support its response to COVID-19 and help tackle waiting lists. This includes £1.5 billion to manage the elective surgery backlog (including £500 million capital funding), with delays to

RCOphth calls for action on workforce to reduce strain on ophthalmology services

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) has responded to a Health Education England (HEE) call for evidence to make the case for investment in the ophthalmology workforce to meet rapidly rising patient demand. Read our response in full here! Key points from our response The key points from our response are summarised below: Patient demand