30 April 2021

NHS England publishes Eye Care Planning and Implementation guidance 2021-22

NHS England has published 'Eyecare Planning and Implementation guidance’ for NHS Regions, commissioners and NHS Trusts for the new financial year (2021-2022). It is an official annexe to NHS England’s main 2021/22 priorities and operational planning guidance which was published on 25 March 2021.

The new annexe sets out NHS England’s further requirements for eye care. The guidance will not affect General Ophthalmic Services (GOS) other than to require direct referrals to hospital eye services (rather than via GPs). It contains positive messages about the role of primary eye care and should lead to wider roll out of extended services as well as the early implementation of Electronic Eyecare Referral Systems (EeRS) across some systems (ie CCGs merging and operating alongside NHS hospital Trusts within ICSs).

The guidance provides the key in-year planning aims/deliverables for primary eye care, together with target delivery dates. Read the guidance now, you can use it in discussions with your local commissioners. Please note, this guidance only applies to changes in England.

Please contact policy@college-optometrists.org if you have any questions.

Eye Care Planning Implementation Guidance 2021-22 Summary (Annexe)