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. 

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.

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

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.

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

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.