Inquiry: All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Eye Health and Visual Impairment
Improving capacity in NHS eye care in England
A new report from the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Eye Health and Visual Impairment outlines solutions to the current capacity issues in eye care services in England.
The APPG conducted an inquiry to identify how capacity in NHS eye care services in England can be improved to ensure no one loses their sight unnecessarily. On June 6, it released its findings in the report, See the light: Improving capacity in NHS eye care in England.
The report includes 16 recommendations, from providing staff with more extensive training to setting national targets. RNIB will focus on two of the recommendations in the coming months:
For the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to include eye health specifically within the NHS England mandate to ensure it's accorded a higher priority.
For NHS England to review and report publicly on how eye care capacity issues are addressed in Sustainability and Transformation plans (STP) and how these relate to current and predicted need.
"The recommendations in this report, when implemented, will help to meet the increasing demands for eye care services, deliver strategic and joined up eye care, and reduce the number of patients losing sight because of delays." Lord Low of Dalston and Jim Shannon, MP, Co-Chairs, All Party Parliamentary Group on Eye Health and Visual Impairment.
It's important that action is taken urgently to improve capacity in eye care services.
Over a hundred organisations submitted evidence and the Inquiry heard from more than 550 patients. An Expert Advisory Group including patients volunteering with the Macular Society, International Glaucoma Association (IGA) and RNIB, representatives from the College of Optometrists, Optical Confederation, Royal College of Ophthalmologists, Birmingham Focus, Vision UK and NHS Alliance provided advice and guidance about the analysis of the evidence and the development of recommendations.
About the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Eye Health and Visual Impairment
APPGs are informal cross-party groups within Parliament. The APPG on Eye Health and Visual Impairment educates parliamentarians about the importance of high quality eye care for the prevention of eye disease, sight loss and blindness.
The APPG Chair is Jim Shannon MP and the Co-Chair is Lord Low of Dalston a Crossbench Member of the House of Lords.
RNIB and the Optical Confederation provide administrative and organisational support to members of the APPG on Eye Health and Visual Impairment.