AOP launches research survey exploring proposed reforms for primary eye care services

The Association is seeking members’ views on the Welsh Government’s primary eye care services reforms consultation


The AOP has launched a survey that aims to gather insight on how the reforms in primary eye care services that have been proposed by the Welsh Government could impact its members as well as patients in Wales.

Highlighting the importance of the research, AOP chief executive, Adam Sampson, said: “The proposals outlined by the Welsh Government will fundamentally change the way that primary eye care services are delivered in a bid to address hospital waiting times and improve eye healthcare.

Sampson explained: “While there are some excellent proposals, including higher remuneration for optometric clinical services, we do have some serious concerns over reforms that potentially prevent access to eye healthcare from the most vulnerable patients, and negatively impact those practising in Wales.

“It is therefore vitally important that our members in Wales engage on the core issues, particularly those we’ve identified as carrying risk, and have their say in influencing the reforms.”

The Welsh Government will close its eight-week consultation into the proposed reforms on 19 June.

During the consultation period, the AOP is calling for members to share their views on the prosed reforms in a number of ways. Members are invited to take part in the Association’s research via a survey, which will be sent to them directly via email today (19 May).

Furthermore, the AOP will be engaging with Welsh members at an in-person event, Focus group on the primary care ophthalmic services consultation in Wales, in Swansea on 5 June. To be held at Morgans Hotel between 6.30–8.45pm, the event will open with a 30-minute focus group discussion on the proposed changes to optometry services provided in primary care in Wales, followed by a 60-minute peer review, led by AOP clinical director, Dr Peter Hampson. To book, visit the AOP website

AOP members will also have the opportunity to share their views on specific topics within the consultation over the coming weeks via the AOP’s community forums

The AOP has also published a frequently asked questions (FAQs) document about the consultation, including what it means for practitioners, the AOP’s current view on the proposed changes and the possible outcomes, on its website. 

The AOP will respond to the proposals with and on behalf of members in Wales, but individual submissions to the consultation can also be made online.