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.
- Quality Standards for Services to Patients with Learning Disabilities
- Quality Standards & Quality Indicators for Ophthalmic Care and Services for Children and Young People
- Quality Standards for Oculoplastic Surgery Services
- Quality standards for diabetic retinopathy services in NHS Scotland
- Quality standards for diabetic retinopathy services for England, Wales and Northern Ireland
- Quality standard for people with sight loss and dementia in an ophthalmology department
- Quality Standard for Adnexal Services
- Quality Standard for Cataract Services
- Quality Standards for Cornea Services
- Quality Standard for Glaucoma Services
- Quality Standard for Medical Retina Disease Services
- Quality Standard for Neuro-ophthalmology Services
- Quality Standard for Vitreoretinal Services