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Optical practices to continue to provide urgent and essential care

The UK Government has now published further guidance clarifying that opticians are exempt from the general requirement for retail businesses and premises to close. Optical practices may therefore continue to provide urgent and essential eye care to the extent that they can, including remote care, while managing COVID-19 risk to keep patients, staff and the public as safe as possible.

Ombudsman comments on CQC's annual State of Care report

Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman Rob Behrens comments on the Care Quality Commission's (CQC) annual State of Care report.

Winner Announcement - Glaucoma UK ‘Excellence in Glaucoma Care Award 2023’

Dr Sancy Low, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, wins the Glaucoma UK ‘Excellence in Glaucoma Care Award 2023’.

The Eye Care Support Pathway from RNIB

The #EyeCareSupportPathway is a framework, developed by RNIB and partners across the sector, for the NHS, social care organisations, the third sector and the public to use to support the transformation of eye care and eye services.

Optometrists and ophthalmologists update their joint care vision

The College of Optometrists and The Royal College of Ophthalmologists have published an updated joint vision for the continued collaboration of the two professions, to support the delivery of safe and sustainable eye care services in England.

Primary care optometry poised to help demand on GPs

The 2023 GP Patient Survey (GPPS) published last week shows a decline in the number of patients reporting a good overall experience with their GP practice.

Researchers pursue personalised pathways for glaucoma care

Researchers, funded by Glaucoma UK in partnership with The Royal College of Ophthalmologists, are investigating the potential for personalised glaucoma care by mapping clinical trial data and real-word outcomes to individuals.

AOP welcomes Labour plan on primary care optometry

In a keynote health policy speech at the Institute for Government (IfG) annual conference, Karin Smyth MP committed to working with primary care optometry to reduce hospital waiting times.

Glaucoma UK announces £100,000 Health and Social Care Professionals Award for 2024

Glaucoma UK is pleased to announce that applications for its Health and Social Care Professionals Research Award are now open.

Orbis to host symposium exploring eye care for refugees at ESCRS

International eye care charity Orbis will be running a symposium discussing the critical topic of ‘Eye Care for Refugees’ on Monday 16th at 13:00, room West 7 at ESCRS in Paris. Dr Nathalie Weil and Dr Soroosh Behshad from Emory Eye Centre will be exploring the subject and the event will be chaired by Orbis UK trustee, Mr Robert Walters.

Latest NHS plan to modernise primary care misses an opportunity

Government announces drive to digitise GP phonelines and offer greater options in patient access to care in dentistry and pharmacy, but does not capitalise on opportunities to improve patient experiences closer to home or address IT connectivity issues holding back optometry services.

College of Optometrists and RCOphth launch joint vision for eye care

The College of Optometrists and The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) have developed a joint vision for the two professions to continue to work together to support the delivery of safe and sustainable eye care services in England.