New enhanced service for Birmingham and Solihull

19 June 2012

A new repeat IOP refinement service has been commissioned by Birmingham and Solihull NHS Cluster. 

This new service which began rolling out on June 1st  will mean that patients who are identified as having IOP > 21 mmHg during a GOS or private sight test will no longer be referred to the GP. Instead, they will have immediate (ie whilst still in the chair) slit lamp Goldman Applanation Tonometry (GAT) or Perkins tonometry.  This service rolled out from the 1st June . There are around 170 practices in the four PCT areas and to date 100% of all practices contacted by the Local Optical Committees (LOCs) have expressed an interest in signing up.

The LOCs have provided free CET in the form of four virtual lectures on DVD from WOPEC with multiple choice questions followed by an accreditation session. Some practitioners will be exempt from the training requirements if they already have a qualification that proves their competence.

The first accreditation session was held on the 31st March when almost 70 candidates who had completed the WOPEC virtual course attended.  This was one of the largest accreditation days run to date with WOPEC lead assessor Keith Pierce commented that it was “probably the largest and most successful day he has run”. Credit should be given to Ian Hadfield,  the Birmingham LOC secretary,  who put in so much work to organise the day and thanks to Aston University’s Vision Science department for the loan of their excellent facilities.

In view of the recent NICE guidance “Services for people at risk of developing glaucoma”, practitioners who passed the course and accreditation session can also monitor patients with ocular hypertension (OHT), including those on treatment. It is hoped with so many interested practitioners in the region now accredited local commissioners will consider developing a local service for monitoring people with ocular hypertension (OHT) and people with suspected chronic open angle glaucoma (COAG), based on the LOCSU pathway.

Anyone working in practices in Birmingham or Solihull who wishes to join this service or wants more information should contact Ian Hadfield at

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