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Public Health England (PHE) has published their Atlas of variation in risk factors and healthcare for vision in England.

Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning (CCEHC) has clarified some points around the guidelines for HCQ.

CCEHC survey highlights need to review commissioning and provision of low vision services to deliver more accessible and integrated care for patients in England.

Child vision screening 2019 – services are available but still work to do.

Mr Wojciech Karwatowski has been elected as the new chair of the Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning (CCEHC) following a vote by the members of the Clinical Council.

The College, ABDO, the AOP and FODO have issued guidelines on appropriate infection prevention and control measures following recent government announcements.

This outlines a COVID-19 Urgent Eyecare Service delivered from a network of optical practices, acting as urgent eye care hubs, to support the immediate and recovery phase of the coronavirus pandemic.

The College has been involved in discussions with NHSE to ensure optometrists are given access to COVID-19 vaccinations as early as possible.

Update on optometric practice following the Government's announcement of new national restrictions in England

The Westminster government has announced the easing of lockdown measures, including the opening of non-essential shops, from 15 June.

The College and the Royal College of Ophthalmologists has sent the following letter to Jo Churchill MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Prevention, Public Health and Primary Care.

We've issued a joint statement to tackle pressures on hospital eye departments.

The Department of Health and Social Care is consulting on proposals for mandatory COVID-19 and flu vaccinations for all frontline health and social care workers in England.

Eye Care Services are experiencing increasing pressure due to greater patient need. This can lead to delayed treatment for patients who need hospital care.

Today’s announcement will see more areas in England move to Tier 4 lockdown arrangements.

The NFPCG have developed a suite of new resources to help reduce the incidence of falls related to vision-impairment in older people.

General Ophthalmic Services (GOS) in England will remain a national demand-led service under a nationally agreed GOS contract and nationally negotiated fees and grants, with no local variation.

The Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning (CCEHC) welcomes the recent publication of the NICE Quality Standards for Serious Eye Disorders.

The pandemic continues to affect the way primary and secondary eye care services are provided for patients in England.

Services expand as The College of Optometrists’ survey shows 22% of people noticed their vision get worse over the course of lockdown

In line with the government’s new national restrictions in England, we have advised members that all practices remain open to provide services.

The national optical bodies (ABDO, AOP, The College of Optometrists, FODO, LOCSU) have worked with NHS England to develop the Optometry First model and are urging commissioners to take advantage of the full range of clinical expertise and infrastructure primary eye care has to offer.

Next steps to building strong and effective integrated care systems across England.

The Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning (CCEHC) recognises variation in service provision and availability for children with vision deficit picked up through school vision screening in England. [1,2,3]

Be part of the NHS England & Improvement outpatients transformation programme.

CCEHC makes recommendations for children who have missed out on vision screening due to COVID-19.

We've issued advice, jointly with ABDO, following the Prime Minister's announcement that England would be removing all remaining COVID-19 legal restrictions from 24 February 2022.

Sector bodies advise that optical practices should continue to follow Amber guidance, and self-isolation exemptions in England are unlikely to apply in primary eye care settings.

Updated infection prevention and control guidance and manual have been published by the UK Health Security Agency for England.

Since the Secretary of State's announcement regarding the wearing of face coverings in shops in England, we have been seeking further detail on how this impacts optical practices.