Following today's briefing by Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty and Chief Scientific Advisor Sir Patrick Vallance, the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) has issued a statement.
The NHS Long Term Plan set out NHS England and NHS Improvement’s ambition to transform outpatient appointments.
The College of Optometrists and The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) have developed a joint vision for the two professions to continue to work together to support the delivery of safe and sustainable eye care services in England.
With the pandemic continuing to affect the way primary and secondary eye care services are provided for patients in England, The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) and The College of Optometrists have developed a joint vision to support our workforce and the commissioning of safe and sustainable eye care services that meet the needs of all patients, improving patient care and outcomes during and beyond the pandemic.
We continue to work in uncertain times and the threat of a ‘second wave’ of the pandemic remains a possibility. We also know that this is likely to be compounded by the winter pressures placed on the system. We all have to be vigilant, be prepared and support our services to the best of our capabilities.
This webinar is jointly hosted by The Royal College of Ophthalmologists and The College of Optometrists. The webinar is suitable for ophthalmologists, optometrists, commissioners and managers of eye care services.
The Royal College of Ophthalmologists is unable to report on the association of vision impairment, as a result of a patient contracting COVID-19, due to a lack of evidence.
Emergency eye care services have seen large increases in demand over the last 10 years, with over 500,000 cases recorded in England in 2018-2019. Many common (urgent and minor) acute eye conditions, are not sight or life threatening and can be managed safely outside of the emergency care setting.
The Royal College of Ophthalmologists welcomes the new COVID-19 Urgent Eyecare Service specification (CUES). It provides clarity on the management of eye patients in the community.
The Ophthalmic Common Clinical Competency Framework (OCCCF) has now been developed into an Ophthalmic Practitioner Training (OPT), and is ready to be implemented in all units.