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NICE releases NEW Cataract Surgery Guidelines

The College welcomes the new NICE guideline for the management of cataracts in adults, which emphasises the importance of patient communication, shared decision making, minimising and managing risk to improve the quality and safety of patient care. The NICE guidelines also demonstrate the cost effectiveness of cataract surgery through scientific and financial modelling, meaning that

NICE Draft guideline on cataracts in adults: management

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has opened a consultation on draft guidelines for cataracts in adults, closing 23 June 2017 at 5pm. The guideline covers managing cataracts in adults aged 18 and over. It aims to improve care before, during and after cataract surgery by optimising service organisation, referral and surgical movement, and reducing complications.

Risk to eye patients as NHS England’s Next Steps plan removes 18-week referral to treatment for elective surgery from the list of priorities for the next 12 months

NHS England have published Next Steps on the Five Year Forward View which recognises what has been delivered so far and sets out the priorities for the next stages of the plan. In the Next Steps document, the 18-week waiting time target (RTT) for elective surgery has been removed from the list of priorities over

National Ophthalmology Database (NOD) Audit Update

Data Submission The cataract audit data submission will take place in September 2016 for data contributed from 01 September 2015 to 31 August 2016. Now will be a good time for you and your colleagues to check your data to ensure that any outstanding data is inputted on your Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems and

RCOphth concerned at the continued restriction of second eye cataract surgery by CCGs

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists is concerned to hear that there continues to be a restriction of second eye cataract surgery by some CCGs. The RCOphth stresses that the decision to perform second eye cataract surgery should be based entirely on clinical need. A report by the Scottish Health Technologies Group (Healthcare Improvement Scotland) identified evidence