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66% of Clinical Leads surveyed by the RCOphth confirm cataract rationing is restricting access to surgery

Nov 09

Cataract surgery: current limitations to patients accessing treatment Cataract surgery is the most common operation performed, with approximately 400,000 performed per year in the UK and has enormous benefit for patients and their quality of life. It is crucial that patients who will benefit from cataract surgery are able to access it, whether for their

  • 9 November 2017

Local Tariff Variation and Ophthalmology Commissioning

Apr 20

Recent changes in tariffs for out-patients in England favour payment for new patient over review appointments. These changes in the National Tariff Payment System for 2017/19 are final and are legally binding. However, using the freedom allowed in the National Tariff Payment System to use local tariff variation, CCGs and providers can modify the structure

  • 20 April 2017

New outpatient tariffs and the impact on ophthalmology – managing change for commissioning services

Feb 22

The RCOphth has issued a further response to the December 2016 statement on how the new outpatient tariffs place unnecessary pressure on departments to discharge patients at a time when there is no suitable community care option available. You can read the response below or alternatively download it as a pdf. What are the potential patient safety risks in

  • 22 February 2017

CCGs urged to tackle overstretched eye services at NHS England eye health summit

Jun 14

Commissioners must help “radically redesign” eye health services for the benefit of patients, the first-ever NHS eye health summit was told last week. CCGs at the “Capacity and Demand” conference heard that the need for change was now “critical”. Eye health leaders warned that inaction could have far-reaching social and economic consequences. National Head of

  • 14 June 2016

NICE accredited guidance on commissioning glaucoma services

Jun 06

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists and Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning publish NICE accredited guidance on commissioning glaucoma services Clinical Commissioners are asked to review existing services against the recommendations contained in the new guidance to ensure the most cost effective and resource efficient services are available to meet demand.   The NEW Commissioning

  • 6 June 2016