Public health

From today, optometrists in the whole of the UK will return to the Green phase as we stand down the Amber phase COVID-19 guidance.

We are pleased to announce that each nation's health system has confirmed that they support a move to the ‘Green’ phase on Tuesday 10 May 2022. From then, the College’s COVID-19 Amber phase guidance will no longer apply in all UK nations.

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

In conjunction with each UK Nation’s health system and government public health bodies, optometry practices are expected to move to “Green” phase in early May 2022.

We have reviewed and updated our Guidance for Professional Practice to ensure it aligns with each Nation’s public health advice, including the recommended respiratory infection prevention and controls to minimise risk of transmission.

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

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

In this article we draw on the results of our own research studies to identify some key communication issues in eye care consultations.

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.

Podcast: We talk to Elaine Styles optometrist and co-founder of Vision Care for Homeless People about providing eye care to some of the most vulnerable people in society.

Welcome back to the UK’s leading optometry event!