Ophthalmology

The GIRFT national report on ophthalmology has now been published.

Click here to read the report online

Click here to read our announcement

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Click here to watch a short video about the report (click to view full screen)

In March 2020, GIRFT held an event at the Royal College of Ophthalmologists to showcase the publication of the national report. You can see a short video with highlights from the event by clicking here.

You can contact the project manager for this workstream at [email protected]

Restarting and Redesigning of Cataract Pathways in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

The RCOphth and Getting it Right First Time have updated advice on resumption of cataract services – High flow cataract surgery needs to resume now to address the backlog and provide patients with a timely service. Failure to do so will compromise the quality of life for patients. Restoration of cataract services will require a detailed review/redesign of the whole cataract pathway to ensure a safe environment for patients and staff. This also gives the opportunity to make changes that will have long-term benefits. This document provides generic guidance on the restarting of cataract services. Individual eye departments should tailor this guidance, taking into account their staffing, infrastructure, the needs of their local population as well as the expectations of local commissioners and regional NHS organisations. Click here to read the guidance >

Clinical lead, Alison Davis

Consultant paediatric ophthalmologist and medical director for Kent and Canterbury Hospital, part of the East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

Alison is a consultant paediatric ophthalmologist and the medical director for Kent and Canterbury Hospital. She is also a GIRFT clinical ambassador supporting all the medical and surgical GIRFT workstreams in the region.

She has previously served as the deputy medical director for Moorfields Hospital, divisional director for Moorfields South, clinical director for outpatient and diagnostic services at Moorfields City Road and paediatric service director for Moorfields.​ She was Chair of the Specialised Ophthalmology & Ear Surgery Clinical Reference Group (CRG) for six years and the National Clinical Adviser for ophthalmology.

Report author, Professor Dame Caroline MacEwen

Consultant ophthalmologist, past Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges

Caroline (Carrie) is the past Chair of the Academy of Royal Medical Colleges and a consultant ophthalmologist at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee. An Honorary Chair as head of the department of ophthalmology at the University of Dundee, Carrie is ophthalmology specialty adviser to the Scottish government, and leads the national ophthalmology workstream.

She is also an associate post-graduate Dean in the East of Scotland for less than full time medical post-graduate training and career management, and has also chaired the Scottish update of Certification of Vision Impairment. Carrie was made an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine in 2012, and the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in 2015. She has published more than 150 papers and written and contributed to textbooks for both undergraduate students and qualified doctors. Carrie is a former president of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

In June 2021 she was awarded a damehood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for her services to ophthalmology and leadership during the COVID-19 crisis. Carrie left the GIRFT programme in August 2021 to become acting Chair of the General Medical Council (GMC).

Clinical advisor, Lydia Chang

Consultant ophthalmologist at Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Lydia was appointed a consultant ophthalmologist (with a subspecialty interest in glaucoma) at Hinchingbrooke Hospital in 2008. She simultaneously served as an honorary consultant at Moorfields Eye Hospital (from 2008 to 2016) where she set up the glaucoma service at Moorfields at Bedford Hospital.

Currently the ophthalmology clinical governance lead at Hinchingbrooke Hospital, she was also the lead investigator for a multi-national randomised controlled study to evaluate the efficacy of a micro invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) device, the results of which have been published in peer reviewed journals.

Lydia was the Royal College of Ophthalmologists’ representative on the working group set up by the Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning, assisting in the publication of the Community Ophthalmology and Primary Eye Care for First Contact Care Frameworks in 2015 and 2016.  She was also clinical governance lead at Moorfields Bedford from 2008 to 2016.

Lydia graduated from the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, London University and completed her post-graduate training in ophthalmology at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London.  She was awarded a Wellcome Trust research fellowship based at the Institute of Ophthalmology, London, and at the Department of Immunology, Royal Free Hospital, during which time she achieved an MD thesis evaluating the role of inflammation in glaucoma surgery.