Registration is now open for the second webinar in a series looking at the recovery and transformation of eye care services, this time with a focus on glaucoma.
COVID-19 has challenged all eye care services over the past 18 months, including glaucoma outpatient services, resulting in substantial delays and the increased risk of avoidable sight loss. Despite these challenges, the eye care community has come together to identify and develop solutions to recover services.
Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) has arranged a series of webinars on the recovery and transformation of eye care services, sharing solutions with all relevant stakeholders across systems and regions in England.
Nationally and internationally-recognised clinicians will share their vision in a forthcoming webinar on glaucoma services, taking place on 28th September. The event will share recovery experiences from the regions, including the benefits of developing new pathways of care at pace and at scale, and the organisational, operational and logistical challenges to achieving these transformational pathways.
Lydia Chang, GIRFT clinical advisor for ophthalmology, will introduce the National Eye Care Recovery and Transformation (NECRT) programme and GIRFT’s high volume low complexity (HVLC) programme as well as outlining standardised glaucoma gateway metrics.
Other speakers will share their knowledge and experience of recovery at both regional and national levels, including examples of innovation and good practice. They will present on changes in practice post pandemic which have been designed with recovery and sustainability in mind, and how data can aid this process.
- Wojciech Karwatowski, consultant ophthalmologist at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
- Professor Rupert Bourne, consultant ophthalmic surgeon at Cambridge University Hospital
- Parul Desai, consultant in public health and ophthalmology, Moorfields Eye Hospital and chair of the Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning (CCEHC)
- Tony Gibson, optometrist, Durham Local Optometric Committee (LOC)
- Cecilia Fenerty, consultant ophthalmic surgeon at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital
- Guy Mole, specialist registrar in ophthalmology and joint clinical lead for eye care transformation for NHS England
- Hari Jayaram, consultant ophthalmic surgeon and clinician-scientist at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Optometrists, ophthalmologists, Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) and specialist nurses are invited to join the webinar, 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 series of ophthalmology webinars includes:
- the recovery of cataract services
- the recovery of glaucoma services
- the recovery of medical retina services (date to be published soon)