New Clinical Council to provide national leadership on eye health commissioning in England

  • 25 Jul 2013

Leading organisations from across eye health have come together for the first time to form the Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning.

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Leading organisations from across eye health have come together for the first time to form the Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning, responding to the government’s NHS reforms for a clinically-led, patient-focused NHS.

The aim of the Council is to offer united, evidence-based clinical advice and guidance to those commissioning and delivering eye health services in England on issues where national leadership is needed.

The Council plans to work in partnership with NHS England, to support the development of services to meet local needs and improve outcomes based on best evidence and in the most patient sensitive and cost-effective ways.

The Clinical Council is now contributing to the development of NICE accredited commissioning guidance on cataract and glaucoma services.

The Council will then move on to look at the best ways of improving the quality and efficiency of services for age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy in line with indicator 4.12 of the Public health outcomes framework.

President of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists and first Chair of the Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning, Professor Harminder Dua welcomed the new initiative. “Key players with interest in eye health have seized the opportunity to create history. The diversity and depth of collective expertise should make the Council a natural port of call for anyone seeking advice on eye health commissioning, based on best available evidence and in the best interest of patients.”

Dr Kamlesh Chauhan, President of the College of Optometrists, welcomed the collaboration of so many professions on the Clinical Council. “New treatments and an ageing population mean we are helping more patients than ever to beat eye disease and see clearly. But there is much more we can do and I am delighted patient groups, GPs, public health and social services are working with us to improve the quality and efficiency of eye care”.

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