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CUES recognised as Catalyst for Change

18 September 2020

Eye, the official journal of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, has published an article reviewing the adoption of CUES “A Catalyst for Change”. The article, authored by Parul Desai (Moorfields Eye Hospital), David Parkins (Kings College Hospital) and Zoe Richmond (LOCSU) describes the challenges of the NHS commissioning process and how these challenges have been overcome to rapidly implement the CUES service.

Prior to CUES, which launched in April 2020, 62% (84/135) of CCGs had commissioned a MECS type service delivered by optical practices. By the end of July 2020, 14 additional CCGs (98/135) had either a CUES or MECS service commissioned; a rapid increase in a short space of time and potential exists for future coverage.

LOCSU has created a map to show the status of CUES/MECS commissioning across the 135 CCGs, this useful visual tool illustrates where the service gaps are and where activity needs to be focused in order to close them. The map will be updated as new services are commissioned.


Click here to view the map in pdf format.

Click here to view a more detailed version of the map including CCG identifiers

The Eye article attributes the success of CUES to date to the clear service principles and enablers, making the service a catalyst for change. The impact of the attributes underpinning CUES, and the change in attitudes and service provision that it has introduced, is recognised by NHSE/I as the basis for its ongoing approach for transformation and the delivery of the ambitions of the NHS LTP.

Click here to read the full article.

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