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Our Policy Priorities

Our leadership teams identify priorities that will influence local and national commissioning of eye care services in the UK to ensure long term viability of patient care at the highest standards and the workforce needed to deliver that care. The ophthalmic workforce deals with over 9 million outpatients a year with a predicted growth in patient demand of 25% over the next 10 years. Saving the sight of the nation is important for people’s well-being, quality of life and maintaining a productive society and economy.

Collaboration and consultation

Our policy work emerges through consultation with members and partners in the eye health sector, including The College of Optometrists and private sector organisations.

Our policies are developed by working with regulatory and arms’ length bodies that provide the national health system in the UK, such as the NHS in four nations, Health Education England and the General Medical Council.

Our current priorities

We work with members and College officers to develop evidence based policy and healthcare standards with clear asks and actions to influence key decision makers.

Our policy priorities:

  • Provide evidence based research to influence decision makers so that eye care services are recognised for the important role it plays in people’s lives and society
  • Advocate for the use of innovative technology and communications to support joined-up and streamlined services between primary and secondary care
  • Shape policy and practice in the NHS so that it provides high quality, accessible and sustainable eye care services for all
  • Work in partnership with other organisations to implement safe and sustainable practice.

The latest from the policy team

We aim to influence public policy to maintain high standards of care and outcomes for patients and a workforce needed to meet that care. Read more about our recent work:

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