NHS: Look after your eyes

28 September 2018
Source: NHS

Find out why regular eye tests (sight tests) are important and how a healthy lifestyle can help maintain good vision. Why are regular eye tests so important? It’s easy to neglect your eyes because they often don’t hurt when there’s a problem. Having an eye test won’t just tell you if you need new glasses or a change of prescription

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Public Health England: Health Profile for England: the health of England today and into the future

27 September 2018
Source: Public Health England

We have now published the first update to our Health Profile for England, a report which gives the most comprehensive picture of the health of the population. When we published last year’s report, it was the first time we had presented our population health data in a way that told a story. Now, just over a year on, we have

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RNIB: A five-year overview of ophthalmology services across England 2018

6 September 2018
Source: RNIB

The RNIB commissioned Harvey Walsh Ltd to produce ‘A five-year overview of ophthalmology services across England’ using Hospital Episode Statistics to see whether more or fewer patients are being treated over a five year period comparing provision across England. The report identifies areas where there may be unwarranted variation in or access to services. https://www.rnib.org.uk/campaigning-policy-and-reports-hub-eye-health/eye-health-reports

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RCOphth Response to the BBC features on Children’s Eye Testing/Vision Screening (22 August 2018)

3 September 2018
Source: Royal College of Ophthalmologists

In October 2017, Public Health England released new guidance for local authorities (LA) to support vision screening testing for all children aged 4-5 years (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-guidance-to-improve-vision-screening-for-young-children). The supporting documents, available online, include parent information leaflets, with a link to the NHS choices web pages on childhood vision testing (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/eye-tests-in-children/). These resources were developed by a multi-disciplinary group, including representatives from the

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April 2016–March 2017 CVI data for the Public Health Outcomes Framework sight loss indicator published

9 May 2018
Source: Public Health England

This is to inform you that on the 1st May 2018 Public Health England Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF) eye health indicator figures have been updated with April 2016 – March 2017 CVI data: https://fingertips.phe.org.uk/profile/public-health-outcomes-framework/data#gid/1000044/pat/6/ati/102/page/0/nn//par/E12000004/are/E06000015 4.12i – Preventable sight loss – age related macular degeneration (AMD) 4.12ii – Preventable sight loss – glaucoma 4.12iii – Preventable sight loss – diabetic

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Support the “Do no harm” amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill

18 April 2018
Source: Faculty of Public Health

Lord Warner is seeking your support at Report stage for a cross-party ‘Do No Harm’ amendment to protect the public’s health in the EU (Withdrawal) Bill. The “do no harm” amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill was lodged by a number of cross-party peers to commit current and future UK and devolved governments to ensure public’s health and well-being. Currently

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FPH - Report Stage Briefing For Lords EU Withdrawal Bill FINAL -  20180416
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NHS Digital: General Ophthalmic workforce statistics, 31 December 2017 (England and Wales)

16 March 2018
Source: NHS Digital

This report shows the number of ophthalmic practitioners (Optometrists and Ophthalmic Medical Practitioners) who were authorised, by NHS England regions in England and Local Health Boards (LHB) in Wales, to carry out NHS funded sight tests as at 31 December each year. Key Facts As at 31 December 2017: •In England there were 13,141 ophthalmic practitioners, 45.6 per cent (5,990)

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Agenda and papers for the Vision UK Ophthalmic Public Health Committee, 13 March 2018

13 March 2018
Source: Vision UK Ophthalmic Public Health Committee

Agenda and papers for the Vision UK Ophthalmic Public Health Committee, 13 March 2018 attached below  

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Attach 7 - Optometry Newsletter Volume6 Issue 3 March 2018 FINAL
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Public Health England has updated its guidance on child vision screening, which was first published last October.

12 January 2018
Source: Public Health England

A set of resources to support the commissioning and delivery of child vision screening. Includes a service specification, competencies, leaflets and template letters. First Published 24 October 2017 Last updated 9 January 2018 — see all updates From:  Public Health England

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