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Quality Standards

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists champions excellence in care. In order to provide the best care for patients, and to generate improvements in care, it is important to be able to measure the quality of clinical services provided.  In addition, measuring quality provides quality assurance data for patients, regulators and commissioners. There are many possible ways of measuring service quality including clinical audit, outcome measures and patient surveys.

The College’s Quality and Safety Group provides a set of simple self-assessment tools for a number of clinical services: accident and emergency/urgent care, cataract, glaucoma, adnexal, medical retina (including age-related macular degeneration [AMD]), diabetic retinopathy, vitreoretinal surgery, neuro-ophthalmology, children and young adults and adults with learning difficulties. The tools focus on service provision not outcomes and do not attempt to assess every aspect of service but try to focus on a small number of key areas. It is not expected that most clinical services will answer ‘Yes’ to all of the question, and the results should be used in conjunction with other methods of quality assessment to support learning and improvement.

Please send feedback on the form and how you have used it to assess and change your services to Beth Barnes, Head of Professional Support [email protected].

Using the RCOphth’s Quality and Safety Group’s set of self-assessment tools for clinical services, we have launched a simple electronic tool (E-tool) to help ophthalmic units assess service quality quickly and easily. The e-tool also provides a method of monitoring service quality periodically, for example, following the introduction of service changes.  For more information and user guide.

Useful Links

England National diabetic eye screening programme and Roles and responsibilities of clinical leads of diabetic eye screening programmes

Scottish Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Collaboration

Diabetic Eye Screening Wales

Northern Ireland Diabetic eye screening

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