The aim of the LOCSU’s Children’s Vision community service pathway is to reduce unnecessary referrals to secondary care ophthalmology departments. This is achieved by allowing community optometrists to provide management and treatment to children who are found to have suspected amblyopia following school screening.
Benefits of the pathway include:
- early intervention for patients who have a suspected eye defect which has been identified at school screening, with a maximum waiting time of two weeks
- increased access and choice for patients
- increased capacity and reduced waiting times in secondary care to treat more complex patients
- development of the role of community optometrists
- improved communications between secondary and primary care
- reduction in costs compared with the acute model
LOCSU has developed a range of downloadable support for practitioners who want to introduce these pathways in their area.
LOCSU support for the pathway
LOCSU has developed a range of downloadable support for practitioners who want to introduce these pathways in their area including:
- LOCSU Children's Vision pathway
- LOCSU Children's Vision business case*
- LOCSU Children's Vision service specification*
*Please note that the supporting documents are only available by logging in to the members only area - please contact your LOC for the log in details, via their website at: www.loc-net.org.uk/ (if there is no website, and you don't have contact details, please contact us).