Improving Eye Health & Reducing Sight Loss - Call to Action

13 June 2014

NHS England launched Improving eye health and reducing sight loss – a Call to Action on 12 June 2014. The eye health Call to Action (CTA) follows the publication of The NHS belongs to the people – A Call to Action, which was aimed at the general public, and specific CTAs on general practice, pharmacy and dentistry.

The CTA seeks the views of eye health stakeholders on the role that primary care services can play in tackling the wider challenges facing the NHS, including how the increased demand for NHS eye health services can be met against a backdrop of significant financial constraint. The responses will be used by NHS England to develop a strategy for future primary care services to help tackle the estimated £30 billion shortfall in health spending and the crisis the NHS is facing due to the demands of an ageing population.  

The CTA is a huge opportunity for LOCs and optometrists and opticians to present the case to the NHS for the further development of local community eye health services and an increased utilisation of the skills of opticians and optometrists in primary care.

The results of the CTA will determine policy on future commissioning of community eye health services, and it is an opportunity we cannot afford to miss. 

LOCSU and the Optical Confederation will submit a national response to the CTA with other stakeholders however it is vital that LOCs work with practices and practitioners to ensure that voice of optics is heard locally and that a strong and coherent response on the development of community eye health services is articulated to NHS England. 

This LOCSU Briefing suggests actions that may be taken by LOCs between now and the close of the consultation on 12 September 2014.

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