The Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning (CCEHC) has expressed its support of the recommendations made in the All-Party Parliamentary Group’s (APPG) report on eye health and visual impairment.
The See the light report highlighted that up to 22 people are permanently losing their sight every month as a result of delays and cancelled hospital appointments.
A lack of capacity and increasing demand for timely access and availability of care, as well as the constraints on clinicians to provide safe and effective care were detailed in the report.
In response to the recommendations, the CCEHC has focused on the need for strategic planning, provision and commissioning of eye health care services, as well as building on initiatives to support NHS England.
In order to provide a solution for strategic planning, the CCEHC will promote its systems and assurance framework for eye health (SAFE), which was launched in April 2018.
The CCEHC explained that advocating a systems and population-based approach covering the whole pathway of care across health and social care that is supported by evidence and policy-based resources provides a solution.
Work will continue with NHS England, NHS Improvement, clinical commissioning groups and NHS provider organisations in order to promote and implement the SAFE initiative, the CCEHC added.