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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: 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 beth.barnes@rcophth.ac.uk.

 

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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