Archive for 2017

New cataracts guidance for the NHS will improve patient care

FODO welcomes the new NICE guideline ‘Cataracts in adults: management’, which represents an important step in improving patient care and outcomes in the NHS. Commenting on the new guideline, FODO Chief Executive David Hewlett said: “This guideline helpfully summarises the longstanding views of clinicians and professional bodies and should help

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Patient Survey – NHS Treatment Delays Survey for Ophthalmology Patients

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Eye Health and Visual Impairment is running a patient survey on experiences of delays in accessing NHS hospital–based ophthalmology services.  This is part of the evidence gathering for their inquiry into NHS hospital ophthalmology capacity.  (FODO CEO David Hewlett is on the Expert

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Breakthrough standards for refractive surgery have been launched today

Breakthrough standards for providers and clinical teams offering refractive surgery, and which propose new protections for UK patients, have been launched today. These new standards are intended to ensure patients get the highest quality of care across the board. They are patient-focussed, including new checks and balances on the way

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Performers List videos for pre-reg optometrists launched

New resources to help pre-registration optometrists navigate the NHS England Ophthalmic Performers List application process and obtain their OPL number as quickly as possible after qualifying have been launched by LOCSU and the Optical Confederation, of which FODO is an active member. Included in the new section on the LOCSU

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FODO Annual Review 2016/17

Our Annual Review for 2016/17 has just been released and was launched at the recent Optrafair event. The review looks at FODO’s work over the past financial year covering: FODO’s Chair and CEO reports Detailed policy and support update Our work in Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Europe NCHA’s

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Government Freezes Sight Test Fees

The Government has today announced its intention to freeze NHS sight test fees in England for the second year in a row, leaving them at 2015-16 levels for 2017-18. Optical vouchers, which provide help to patients on low incomes and to children who need spectacles, have also been frozen. The

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