Briefing document on the implications of NICE Glaucoma Guideline (NG 81)

28 November 2017

LOCSU has produced a briefing document on the implications of the recent NICE Glaucoma Guideline (NG 81) for locally commissioned Glaucoma Repeat Readings and Referral Refinement services in England.  

Key points and Actions for Local Optical Committees (LOCs) and Primary Eyecare Companies (PECs) sets out the steps for LOCs and PECs to take if there is a Repeat Measures service in place and includes a template letter to be sent to commissioners to explain the changes that are required to the referral pathway. This includes highlighting the increase in the threshold for IOP referrals to 24mmHg.

The LOCSU update also explains the repercussions of the new guidance for areas that do not have a repeat measures scheme and provides a template letter for LOCs in those areas to send to their CCGs to request a meeting to discuss the commissioning of appropriate services to ensure that local commissioning arrangements are compliant with NICE guidelines.

Commenting on the new briefing, Clinical Director Katrina Venerus said “It is important that we ensure Primary Eyecare Companies responsible for the delivery of current services understand the implications the new NICE guidance have on their local pathway(s) and that we support them to work with commissioners to implement the necessary changes”.  Venerus added “Equally, we need to ensure that the 35% of CCGs who have yet to commission a repeat readings service understand that the recommendations NICE have made on case finding for primary eye care professionals are separate to a sight test, so there will continue to be an unnecessary high rate of false referrals in their area due to the lack of commissioning.”

LOCSU have also advised that the Glaucoma Repeat Readings and OHT Monitoring pathway is currently being updated to reflect the new NICE guidance and a revised version will be available early in the New Year.

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Lambeth, Southwark & Lewisham LOC's AGM

Bridge Suite, London Bridge Hotel, 8-18 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9SG

Annual AGM

2018-06-21 18:00:00 - 2018-06-21 21:00:00

Contact name: Michelle Martins

Contact email: michelle@jclconsulting.co.uk

Contact telephone number: 020 8663 9014

Cornwall & Isles of Scilly LOC's AGM

The Alverton Hotel, Tregolls Road, Truro, Cornwall TR1 1ZQ

Annual AGM

2018-06-21 18:30:00 - 2018-06-21 21:00:00

Contact name: Alison Hillier

Contact email: alison@jclconsulting.co.uk

Cambridgeshire LOC's AGM

The Old Bridge Hotel, 1 High Street, Huntingdon PE29 3TQ

Annual AGM

2018-06-21 19:00:00 - 2018-06-21 21:00:00

Contact name: Vivien Rosamond

Contact email: vanda78.rosamond@gmail.com

Shropshire LOC's AGM

Wroxeter Hotel, Wroxeter, Shrewsbury SY5 6PH

Annual AGM

2018-06-21 19:00:00 - 2018-06-21 21:00:00

Contact name: Alan Barker

Contact email: alanb@shropshireloc.co.uk

Contact telephone number: 01981 540050

Dudley LOC's AGM

Clinical Education Centre, Russells Hall Hospital, Pensnett Road, Dudley DY1 2HQ

Annual AGM

2018-06-25 18:30:00 - 2018-06-25 21:00:00

Contact name: Paul Sidhu

Contact email: whitestar123@hotmail.com

Brent & Harrow LOC's AGM

Harrow District Masonic Centre, Northwick Circle, Kenton, Harrow, Middlesex HA3 0EL

Annual AGM

2018-06-25 18:30:00 - 2018-06-25 21:00:00

Contact name: David Hantman

Contact email: BrentHarrowLOC@gmail.com

Bedfordshire LOC's AGM

The Rufus Centre, Steppingley Road, Flitwick, Beds, MK45 1AH

Annual AGM

2018-07-02 18:30:00 - 2018-07-02 21:00:00

Contact name: John Edwards

Contact email: info@bedfordshireloc.org.uk

Berkshire LOC's AGM

Holiday Inn Winnersh Triangle, Wharfedale Road, Reading, RG41 5TS

Annual AGM

2018-07-12 18:30:00 - 2018-07-12 21:00:00

Contact name: Sean Caskey

Contact email: locberkshire@gmail.com

Birmingham LOC's AGM

Plough and Harrow Hotel, 135 Hagley Road, Birmingham, B16 8LS

Annual AGM

2018-07-26 18:15:00 - 2018-07-26 21:00:00

Contact name: Ian Hadfield

Contact email: ian.hadfield@nhs.net

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