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Patient Safety Information

Healthcare quality and safety and clinical governance are interlinked. Standards of practice for ophthalmic care are available from the College and the National Institute for Health Clinical Excellence (NICE) and in position papers from the College’s Professional Standards Committee. The maintenance of such standards in ophthalmology at organisational level is achieved through adequate staffing levels, proper facilities and appropriate managerial support. Strict attention to detail and careful consideration of the patient pathway is needed to maintain and to enhance ophthalmic patient care and service delivery.

The Professional Standards Committee or its Quality and Safety Group regularly issues clinical statements or advice for ophthalmologists and related professionals to help enhance patient safety or share information.

NHS England publishes New safety standards published for invasive procedures 7 September 2015

The National Safety Standards for Invasive Procedures (NatSSIPs) were published in September 2015 to support NHS organisations in providing safer care and to reduce the number of patient safety incidents related to invasive procedures in which surgical Never Events can occur. The NatSSIPs cover all invasive procedures including those performed outside of the operating department.

Check Lists:

Surgical checklists represent a relatively simple and promising strategy for addressing surgical patient safety worldwide. The RCOphth/WHO cataract surgery checklist has been in use for some time and is often adapted for local use.

Many centres have also adapted the checklist model for other procedures and some have kindly agreed to share these examples via the College website for others to use or adapt:

Members wishing to contribute to other examples or have any thoughts on similar resources that it might be useful to share regarding local documents pertinent to patient safety,  please send them to the College’s Quality and Safety Group via beth.barnes@rcophth.ac.uk

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