5 July 2018
The Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning (CCEHC) welcomes the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Eye Health and Visual Impairment’s report “See the light”1, and supports its recommendations. The Report highlights the issues arising from lack of capacity and increasing demand that patients are facing around timely access and availability of care, but also those facing clinicians, which constrain their ability to provide safe and effective care.
The CCEHC has been working on two key recommendations arising from this report:
• The need for strategic planning, provision and commissioning of eye health and care services
• NHS England to support and build on recent initiatives from the eye health sector
The Systems and Assurance Framework for Eye-health (SAFE)2 launched in April 2018, provides a solution for the former, advocating a systems and population-based approach covering whole pathway of care across health and social care. It is supported by a suite of evidence and policy-based resources and metrics for taking this approach forward in practice.
For the latter, the CCEHC will continue to work with NHS England, NHS Improvement, Clinical Commissioning Groups and NHS provider organisations, to promote and implement the SAFE initiative into mainstream processes.
1. APPG on Eye Health and Visual Impairment. See the light: improving capacity in NHS eye care in England. June 2018. https://www.rnib.org.uk/professionals/health-professionals/appg-eye-capacity
2. Systems and Assurance Framework for Eye-health (SAFE). http://www.ccehc.org.uk. Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning. April 2018.
The Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning (CCEHC) represents the leading clinical professions and charity organisations in the eye-care sector. It is an independent advisory body providing evidence-based national clinical leadership, advice and guidance to policy makers in health, social care and public health, and those commissioning and providing eye health services in England. It is recognised as such through a Memorandum of Understanding with NHS England.
Its member organisations are:
• The College of Optometrists
• The Royal College of Ophthalmologists
• Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
• Association of British Dispensing Opticians
• British and Irish Orthoptic Society
• Faculty of Public Health
• Optical Confederation (including the Local Optical Committee Support Unit)
• Royal College of General Practitioners
• Royal College of Nursing (Ophthalmic nursing forum)
• Royal National Institute of Blind People
• International Glaucoma Association
• Macular Society
• Vision UK
Contact: Olivier Denève, Secretary to the Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning
Phone: 020 7766 4383