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The College of Optometrists Chair of the Board of Trustees has written an open letter to Simon Stevens and Matthew Swindells at NHS England about IT connectivity for primary optical care.

UKHSA confirms that changes to the self-isolation period following Covid exposure applies to healthcare workers

We have responded to a Health Education England call for evidence making the case for greater investment in the optometry workforce to support better integrated eye care now and in the future.

The College has reviewed the evidence on the potential risks of using chloramphenicol POM eye drops for children less than 2 years old.

We've responded to a consultation on the development of a new Integrated Care System model in Northern Ireland.

We've issued a statement in response to the GOC's call for evidence to review the Opticians Act (1989).

We are aware of a petition regarding examination testing times during the pandemic. Read our statement.

Read our response to the GOC's draft Speaking Up guidance.

In the letter, we highlight the importance of vaccination against transmissible diseases, and the responsibilities our professionals have.

The College responded to a DSHC consultation to support the extension of provision of free PPE to the health and care sector, including optometrists, after 31 March.

Following feedback from members we have finalised our response to the consultation on an optometrist apprenticeship standard, and our open letter to the Trailblazer Group.

The College has responded to a consultation on whether health and social care staff had the right skills and training to provide effective care to people with a learning disability or autism.

The College proposes 13 key changes to help minimise the risk of healthcare-associated infections and ensure the guidance remains aligned with the four Nations' public health advice.

Read our response to a consultation on the way the Northern Ireland Diabetic Eye Screening Programme is provided.

Our response to a recent contact lens promotion aimed at NHS workers

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 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 responded to the Department of Health and Social Care’s consultation on Regulating healthcare professionals, protecting the public.

We have become aware of a temporary shortage of cyclopentolate minims.

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

The College has responded to a consultation on disclosing confidential information about patients.

We have responded to a consultation on the General Optical Council's (GOC) draft strategic plan 2020-27.

We responded to the GOC's consultation on its new draft Speaking Up guidance.

The GOC has launched consultations on its remote hearings protocols, service of statutory notices and its hearings and indicative sanctions guidance.

The College helps clarify whether registrants can use CE-marked lissamine green ophthalmic strips.

We have responded to the GOC's consultation on whether, in some circumstances, it would be more appropriate to use email rather than post to deliver statutory notices.

We've responded to the GOC's hearings and indicative sanctions guidance consultation.

We have responded to the GOC's remote hearings protocol to support the fitness to practise process with the administration and progression of hearings as restrictive lockdown measures continue to ease.

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.

We have responded to an NHS consultation on proposals for changing legislation.

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

Read our position statement on a degree apprenticeship in optometry

Following feedback from members we have finalised our response to the consultation on an optometrist apprenticeship standard, and our open letter to the Trailblazer Group.

The MHRA has issued an alert to warn medical practitioners that Minims phenylephrine 2.5% eye drops. Read our advice

Thank you to all our members who have fed back on an optometrist degree apprenticeship consultation.

We would like your feedback on our draft response to the consultation on the optometrist degree apprenticeship standard.

The College has published a Q&A to address the most commonly asked questions from members on a degree apprenticeship in optometry.

With half the world's population estimated to be myopic by 2050, Olivier Denève, our Head of Policy and Public Affairs, asks how we can explain the risks and benefits to patients.

Following the announcement by the Secretary for Health that the isolation period for people who test positive for COVID-19 will be cut to five full days in England, NHSE has confirmed this will apply in primary care settings.

Read our response to the consultation on conditions for which over the counter items should not be routinely prescribed in primary care.

Guidance published recommending NHS commissioners to make better use of expertise in primary eye care.

Read the College's response to the NICE consultation on its quality standard for dementia (February 2019).

Read our statement on recent press articles about people who have experienced deterioration in their vision related to a batch of intraocular lenses.

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

A joint statement has been issued on the General Optical Council’s proposed new framework for optometric education.

We have responded to the Department of Health and Social Care consultation on 'Healthcare regulation: deciding when statutory regulation is appropriate.'

The consultation covered OCT use in diabetic retinopathy referral, shared decision making for cataract surgery, and glaucoma referral criteria.

We have responded to the The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch’s investigation on the “Lack of timely monitoring of patients with glaucoma”.

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

Our response to the Royal College of Ophthalmologist's guidance on reopening and redeveloping services after COVID-19

Our guidance is aimed to help keep optometrists and their patients safe.

We've responded to the Royal College of Ophthalmologists' (RCOphth) consultation on age-related macular degeneration (AMD) Services.

We've responded to a consultation by the Department of Health and Social Care on making vaccination a condition of deployment in the health and wider social care sector.

The College is inviting members to provide final comments on our draft response to the GOC's Speaking Up consultation.

The GOC has launched a consultation on its new draft Speaking Up guidance, designed to support registrants to speak up about concerns, particularly those affecting patient and public safety.

We believe that vaccine uptake will be maximised when staff are supported to make their own decisions, having been provided with clear, evidence-based information on the benefit and value of vaccinations.

We have responded to the DHSC consultation on revoking vaccination as a condition of deployment across all health and social care.

We have responded to the GOC consultation on the illegal supply of eye care services and optical appliances.

College responds to UKNSC consultation on childhood vision screening.

There has been an update to the summary of product characteristics for the Prescription Only Medicine form of chloramphenicol 0.5% multi-dose eye drops.

A joint statement from The Royal College of Ophthalmologists and College of Optometrists

The College responds to DVLA's consultation on amending the Road Traffic Act 1988 to allow registered healthcare professionals to complete DVLA medical questionnaires.

The General Optical Council (GOC) sought views on how they can continue to support registrants and the optical sector throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.