The chair of the General Optical Council (GOC), Gareth Hadley, has called for more collaboration between the wider health system and the optical sector.
Mr Hadley said that a joined-up approach is necessary to “ensure the delivery of safe, accessible and cost-effective eye health and vision services that patients have confidence in and can navigate easily.”
His comments follow the publication of the regulator’s summary of its recent discussions about the future of UK eye health services.
The document summarises key themes from a health system leaders’ roundtable meeting that was held by the GOC in November as part of its education strategic review.
As well as increased collaboration, the summary also looks at equipping future optical professionals with the skills and knowledge to practise safely and competently in new and different ways.
“We know that throughout the UK more optical services are being delivered in new and innovative ways, including in a variety of community settings. Our role at the GOC is to ensure new practitioners are equipped to practise safely and competently in this evolving landscape. That is why our education strategic review is such a key priority for us over the next two years,” Mr Hadley concluded.