New RCOphth Workforce Census illustrates the severe shortage of eye doctors in the UK

7 February 2019
Source: The Royal College of Ophthalmologists

A new 2018 census by The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) identifies gaps in recruitment of ophthalmologists and workforce planning amid a predicted 40% increase in demand over the next 20 years. • Over the next two years an extra 230 consultant and 204 Staff and Associate Specialist (SAS) posts are required • 67% of hospital eye units are using

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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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