2.10pm - 3.10pm
Lecture | Lecture
Future vision for urgent eye care – a view from England and Wales

CPD ref: C-102484

Description: In this session we consider the future role of primary care optometry, working within new care models, to best meet the urgent eye care needs of local communities, across England and Wales. With the NHS facing increasing capacity pressures, we take a look at the impact on eye care services, describe Optometry’s contribution to support elective recovery and consider how optometry services could develop in the future to deliver a sustainable eye care model for all. We discuss the impact of COVID-19, that led to improved understanding of the need for essential and urgent eye care provision available from primary eye care, the role of the core competency optometrist as well as the extended role for independent prescribers in the delivery of urgent eye services on the high street. 

Target audience: Optometrist, Dispensing optician, Contact lens optician; 
Domains and learning outcomes
s.4 Show care and compassion for your patients
- Understand how to communicate a tentative diagnosis with care to your patients
s.10 Work collaboratively with colleagues in the interests of patients
- Able to effectively utilise intra and inter referrals within the community, in addition to secondary care or health and social care, to ensure the best care for your patients
Leadership and accountability
s.12 Ensure a safe environment for your patient
- Understand how to utilise core competencies to the maximum and when higher qualifications, relevant to the condition ,are required to ensure patients are treated safely and efficiently.
- Understand new care models in the NHS and so be able to make safe clinical managment decisions for patients presenting with urgent eye care needs.


Zoe Richmond BSc MCOptom

Zoe is an optometrist with unparalleled experience in eye care pathway redesign, supporting the development of extended primary eye care services across England. Most recently this includes the innovative urgent eye care service CUES, developed in response to the pandemic, and the Optometry First framework, a comprehensive optometry service designed to support eye care recovery and continue to manage growing demand in a sustainable way. Through her role as clinical director for LOCSU, Zoe provides clinical leadership to a team of optical leads supporting the 75 Local Optical Committees within England. Recently elected Vice-chair of the Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning, Zoe works with eye health leaders to support the national agenda to improve eye health and eye care provision across England. Most recently she has joined the NHS England’s National Eye Care Recovery and Transformation programme to provide optometry clinical leadership for pathway improvement.

Sarah Schumm

Sarah Schumm is the current Chair of Optometry Wales. She has been a qualified optometrist for 18 years after graduating from University of Bradford. After taking further qualifications in Glaucoma and Independent Prescribing she embarked on a Clinical Fellowship with Health Education and Improvement Wales in 2020. Here she also undertook a further higher qualification in Clinical Leadership and Management and has since become the Training Lead for Optometry in Wales with Health Education and Improvement Wales. She continues to work in clinical practice alongside her other roles.