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Commissioning Guidelines

The College maintains standards in the practice of ophthalmology and this includes developing and providing authoritative guidance on commissioning of eye services in the UK.

We collaborate with relevant organisations and multi-professional groups working in the eye health sector and which represent those involved in commissioning, delivering, supporting and receiving ophthalmic care.

20 September 2017 RCOphth Advice on Commissioning Strabismus Services

This commissioning resource has been published to help clinicians and commissioners understand the overall cost benefit, and proven effectiveness of strabismus surgery and its positive societal implications. Access to strabismus surgery should not be restricted on non-clinical grounds. Strabismus surgery for adults in the United Kingdom indications, evidence base and benefits.

1 March 2017 RCOphth Advice on Commissioning of Ophthalmic Services for Children

This is a briefing document on the themes and issues relevant to commissioning of ophthalmic services for children, on behalf of the Paediatric Sub-committee of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists. Advice on Commissioning of Ophthalmic Services for Children.

6 June 2016 RCOphth publishes Commissioning Guide: Glaucoma

NICE_accreditation_pantone300 Developed using NICE accredited processes the College has worked with stakeholders to produce guidance for commissioning adult-onset glaucoma and adults who are at risk of developing glaucoma. Glaucoma Commissioning Guide Recommendations – June 2016 Final and Glaucoma Commissioning Guide Long – June 2016.

11 November 2015 NHS England reverses decision on use of adalimumab for children with uveitis

The use of adalimumab has been approved by NHS England for use in children with uveitis that threatens their sight, and for whom other treatments have proven ineffective. To review the updated policy document that outlines the arrangements for funding of uveitis treatment for the population in England, please visit the NHS England website.



28 August 2015

NICE_accreditation_pantone300 NICE has accredited the process used by The Royal College of Ophthalmologists to produce its Commissioning Guide: Cataract Surgery Final February 2015 guidance. Accreditation is valid for 5 years from 1 September 2015.  More information on accreditation can be viewed at www.nice.org.uk/accreditation

24 July 2015

Eye conditions such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and glaucoma will increase as the population ages. The number of patients receiving treatments for AMD in the Hospital Eye Service is already nearing capacity and those patients with glaucoma require life-long follow up. This means that the current service model is becoming unsustainable. To tackle this problem the Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning has designed the Community Ophthalmology Framework.





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