This quality standard has been developed by the RCOphth paediatric subcommittee, in conjunction with the College’s Quality and Safety Group, to provide a self-assessment tool which focuses on service provision not outcomes. This is not an attempt to assess every aspect of service but try to focus on a small number of key areas. It is not expected that every clinical services will deliver every aspect as described, and the results should be used in conjunction with other methods of quality assessment to support learning and improvement.
Children, adolescents and young people with ophthalmic disorders, and their families and carers, have specific needs, which differ from those of adults. Paediatric ophthalmic disorders and their management should be viewed in the broader context of general health and development.