Optical Bodies backs Regulator's call for Cataract Care in High Street

12 October 2015

A report by Monitor suggesting that post-operative cataract care should be provided in the community has been welcomed by national representative bodies for optometrists and opticians.

The Local Optical Committee Support Unit (LOCSU) and the Optical Confederation (OC) have backed Monitor’s recommendation in their report on elective surgery that post-operative, follow-up care for patients who have had cataract surgery should be provided in the community by optometrists.

Both LOCSU and the OC agree with the health watchdog that the move would help ease the pressure on hospital ophthalmology clinics.

Responding to the report Katrina Venerus, LOCSU Managing Director, said: “This is eminently sensible and the community optical sector believes it should be implemented across the country.

“Despite the obvious benefits, to date, only 23 out of the 209 CCGs in England have commissioned this approach to bring efficiency to the cataract care pathway and provide care closer to home for patients.

“This means that for the majority of the 370,000 cataract procedures that are carried out per year, patients still have to travel to hospital for an outpatient appointment.

“Administration costs associated with commissioning and contracting would be minimised if NHS England commissioned the post-operative follow-up pathway as a national service on behalf of all CCGs.”

The press release from Monitor can be found at:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/improving-productivity-in-elective-care

The full report from Monitor can be found at:
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/466895/Elective_care_main_document_final.pdf

 

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NOTES TO EDITORS

LOCSU

The Local Optical Committee Support Unit (LOCSU) works with the Optical Confederation to support Local Optical Committees (LOCs) across England in developing local eye health services. LOCSU helps community optometrists and opticians work with local commissioners to make community eye services accessible for patients and cost effective for the NHS. LOCs represent the interests of Optometrists, Dispensing Opticians and Contractors of Ophthalmic services in local areas.

OPTICAL CONFEDERATION

The Optical Confederation represents the 12,000 optometrists, the 6,000 dispensing opticians and 7,000 optical businesses in the UK who provide high-quality and accessible eye care services to the whole population. The Confederation is a coalition of the five optical representative bodies: the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO); the Association of Contact Lens Manufacturers (ACLM); the Association of Optometrists (AOP); the Federation of Manufacturing Opticians (FMO) and the Federation of Opticians (FODO). As a Confederation, it works with others to improve eye health for the public good. www.opticalconfederation.org.uk

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