RCOphth strongly recommends orthoptist led UK National Screening programme for children

15 September 2016
Source: Royal College of Ophthalmologists

The UK National Screening Committee (NSC) has recommended orthoptist led screening for visual impairment in all children aged 4 – 5 years. http://www.screening.nhs.uk/vision-child From October 2015, responsibility for the funding of vision screening of 4-5 year olds was passed from NHS CCGs to Local Authorities.  However some Local Authorities fail to commission this vision screening, or are even decommissioning screening, because

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Vacancy: Clinical Leadership Fellow – Eye Health Practitioners.

15 June 2016
Source: Health Education England, Yorkshire and Humber

This MDT Ophthalmology Academy post is suitable for highly motivated Ophthalmic Nurses, Optometrists and Orthoptists (Band 6 and above) who wish to develop their leadership skills and aid in developing systems to train the future MDT Trainers. You will have the opportunity to train as an MDT service provider. The post will be based predominantly in the new eYeMDA Academy

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BIOS: Professionals, patients, charities and voluntary organisations – have your say on standards for Orthoptists using the HCPC consultation process

16 March 2016
Source: BIOS

A change in legislation means that Orthoptists (allied health professionals specialising in squints and eye movement disorders) will be able to train to supply and administer a limited list of eye medicines without the need for a doctor’s prescription

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