In 2019/20, there were 9 million outpatient attendances for all five vision treatment specialties1. As the leading outpatient speciality in the NHS, the appointment of Louisa Wickham to the post of National Clinical Director (NCD) for Eye Care is long overdue and welcomed.
RCOphth has published an analysis highlighting key trends in cataract surgery in England. This includes changes in the number of procedures performed in each region by NHS and independent sector providers.
The way that eye care services are designed and commissioned legally changed in England in July 2022.
The process for the election of the next President of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists has commenced. The call for nominations will open on 19 August, and an email will be sent to all eligible candidates.
Eye’s 2021 JCR Impact Factor is now 4.456, another big jump up from 3.775 in 2020, and now ranks 11/61 in the field of Ophthalmology.
The General Medical Council (GMC) conducts an annual survey of trainees and trainers across the UK. This covers a range of issues relating to education and training, wellbeing at work and patient safety. The progression of ophthalmology trainees is still well behind what was typical before the pandemic.
Concise Practice Points (CPP) provide a clear description and appraisal of the scientific evidence and behind clinical recommendations and have an explicit link between the recommendations made and the scientific evidence where high quality scientific and clinical evidence must take precedence over expert judgment.
Ophthalmology is one of the first specialities in the UK to use a novel method of updating its original research priorities published in 2013 – Sight and Vision Loss Report.
The Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Articles (Scotland) Bill has been passed following a Scottish Parliament debate and introduces a fireworks licensing system, with mandatory safety training, for people wishing to purchase and use fireworks.
The RCOphth has received requests for advisers to sit on the following consultant advisory appointment committees. Members, with at least one year’s experience as a consultant, are able to support these requests. All interviews will be virtual unless the trust has called for an in-person interview.