Member briefings

We produce briefings to help our members understand developments in health policy and opportunities to improve eye care for their patients.

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Emergency triage protocol

Patients often contact the practice by phone or in person with what appears to be an acute eye problem. Practice staff need to be trained as to how quickly these patients need to be seen and whether they are best directed to the local eye casualty, or assessed in practice. If your practice participates in a local MECS or similar you should follow the local protocols for assessing these patients.

This member briefing provides practice staff with some guidelines on questions to ask, how soon to book an appointment with an optometrist, and when to refer for more urgent care. 

Emergency triage protocol

Guidelines for practice staff on how to deal with patients with acute eye problems.

 

NICE guideline - Age-related macular degeneration: diagnosis and management

A new NICE guideline on the diagnosis and management of AMD came into effect on 23 January 2018. The new guideline includes recommendations for testing, and a comprehensive list of classifications to aid referral. Download this member briefing to find out how this will affect you in practice.

NICE guideline - Age-related macular degeneration: diagnosis and management - member briefing

A new NICE guideline on the diagnosis and management of AMD came into effect on 23 January 2018.

 

NICE guideline - Glaucoma: diagnosis and management (update)

The revised NICE guideline Glaucoma: diagnosis and management came into effect on 1 November 2017. The member briefing below summarises the main points and outlines how it will affect you in practice.

NICE guideline - Glaucoma: diagnosis and management (update) - member briefing

The revised NICE guideline - Glaucoma: diagnosis and management came into effect on 1 November 2017.

 

NICE guideline - Cataracts in adults: management

You may have seen that the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published its first guideline on the management of cataract in adults. It is primarily for clinical treatments and surgery at ophthalmology level, but there are implications for optometrists. We have developed a briefing document which explains how the guideline may affect you in your daily practice. 

NICE guideline - Cataracts in adults: management - member briefing

You may have seen that the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published its first guideline on the management of cataract in adults.

 

Changes to the Guidance for Professional Practice

Three years after its initial publication, our Guidance for Professional Practice has been updated to reflect new legislation, feedback from members, and the introduction of the GOC’s Standards of Practice for Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians. Download this member briefing for information on the headline changes to the Guidance.

Guidance for professional practice - member briefing

Download this member briefing for information on the headline changes to the guidance.

 

PrOVIDe: Prevalence of Visual Impairment in Dementia

This College research finds that the prevalence of visual impairment in those with dementia generally higher than the overall population. This member briefing includes an outline of the research findings and how it might affect you in practice.

PrOVIDe: Prevalence of Visual Impairment in Dementia - member briefing

This College research finds prevalence of visual impairment in those with dementia generally higher than the overall population.

 

The optical profession: What does the future hold?

The findings of the Foresight report and the College’s Optical Workforce Survey (OWS) highlighted that technology is pushing eye care services towards automation and that more of the workforce is part-time or in locum roles. We believe that we need to work as a united sector to tackle these issues head, and so hosted a round table event focusing on solutions to challenges ahead.  This member briefing highlights the key outcomes of our event.

The optical profession: What does the future hold - member briefing

The Foresight report and the College’s Optical Workforce Survey (OWS) report were published earlier this year.

 

Online spectacles study

College research finds that consumers prefer spectacles purchased in UK optometry practices to those bought online. Researchers from the University of Bradford and Cardiff University compared 154 spectacles bought online with 155 spectacles from UK optometric practices in order to test the accuracy, visual performance, quality and perceived acceptability and safety of the spectacles using input from consumers and dispensing opticians.

Online spectacles study - member briefing

College research finds that consumers prefer spectacles purchased in UK optometry practices to those bought online.

 

Northern Ireland Childhood Errors of Refraction (NICER) study

New research, jointly funded by the College of Optometrists and Ulster University, has shown that myopia is more than twice as prevalent among children in the UK now than in the 1960s. 

NICER study findings on myopia - member briefing

New evidence on the growing problem of childhood myopia in the UK.

 

NHS England's new care models - Strengthening Primary and 'out of hospital' care

NHS England's new care models aim to dissolve boundaries between primary care and community services, hospitals, social care and mental health services. This member briefing outlines the proposal. 

NHS England's new care models - member briefing

NHS England's new care models aim to dissolve boundaries between primary care and community services, hospitals, social care and mental health services.

 

Focus on falls

Following an online survey and discussions with falls professionals across the UK, we used the information gathered to make recommendations on how falls teams could be supported in checking patients’ vision, and how we could support and encourage better connections between them and local optometrists.

 

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