New webinar series to focus on recovery and transformation of eye care services

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GIRFT is joining with the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) for a series of webinars on the recovery and transformation of eye care services.

Optometrists, ophthalmologists, Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) and specialist nurses are invited to join the webinars, which will discuss how GIRFT’s high volume low complexity (HVLC) programme and the NHS National Eye Care Recovery and Transformation (NECRT) programme are supporting systems to restore eye care services and address the backlog in elective surgery.

The first webinar takes place on 13th July, with a focus on the recovery of services for cataract surgery.

**Registration for this event is now closed. You can watch a recording in our Best Practice Library or watch on YouTube here.

Future webinars will look at recovery and transformation of glaucoma and medical retina services.

GIRFT joint clinical leads for ophthalmology, Alison Davis and Professor Dame Carrie MacEwen, will introduce the NECRT programme and GIRFT’s HVLC programme, as well as outlining standardised cataract pathways.

Manju Chandran, the regional specialty lead for ophthalmology in the south east region and a consultant ophthalmologist at Frimley Park Hospital, will look at an example of a business case for a cataract hub, while RCOphth president Bernie Chang will present on the importance of training junior staff in high volume low complexity cataract lists. The webinar will also hear from the perspective of a trainer and a trainee.

Other speakers include:

  • Declan Flanagan, RCOphth vice president of policy and communications;
  • Sunil Mamtora, ophthalmology specialty trainee at Cheltenham General Hospital;
  • Mary Liyanage, programme lead for the NECRT programme;
  • Liz Calland, comms lead for the NECRT programme.

GIRFT’s HVLC programme supports elective recovery and the development of standardised patient pathways across regions. As the key element of NHS England and NHS Improvement’s Elective Recovery Programme, the HVLC programme engages Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) and regions to work at pace to agree standardised pathways and adopt best practice, as well as pooling capacity and resources, to deliver top decile clinical outcomes and equity of access to care for their population.

The programme also supports the establishment of fast track surgical hubs for high-volume procedures, where possible, and helps partners to agree system-wide theatre principles and theatre efficiencies. 

Dates for the webinars on the recovery of glaucoma and medical retina services will appear here once finalised.

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