Policy

Through our policy work, we champion the value of optometrists in delivering eye care, and provide an independent, authoritative voice in debates that will shape the sector. 

A message from Professor Leon Davies FCOptom, College President.

The College’s Clinical Editor on renewed excitement and optimism in the profession.

Despite compulsory safeguarding training every two years, optometrists can still feel unsure of their duties. Kathy Oxtoby looks at what to do if you suspect a patient requires safeguarding.

Read our response to GOC's call for evidence to review the Opticians Act (1989).

National optical representative bodies [1] have welcomed the Fuller Stocktake report on integrating primary care in England.

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

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

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

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.

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