Eye health now accounts for 4.5m GP consultations and costs the UK economy £22bn each year. However, evidence shows that 50% of sight loss could be avoided through improved eye care and early detection of problems.
To tackle this growing need, particularly amongst elderly patients, the RCGP has chosen eye health, with a focus on ageing and sight loss, as a clinical priority from 2013-2016.
Clinical leadership for this programme is provided by Dr Waqaar Shah, RCGP clinical champion for eye health. Dr Shah works in partnership with the RCGP Clinical Innovation and Research Centre (CIRC) and the UK Vision Strategy to deliver the programme.
RCGP and UK Vision Strategy Eye Health Regional Workshops
As part of the RCGP Clinical Innovation and Research Centre’s (CIRC) efforts to engage with GPs across the UK, the Clinical Priorities Team is working with RCGP Faculties to hold a 20+ series of interactive workshops and summits across the devolved nations. All events in the series are free to attend and can contribute towards CPD. The purpose of these events will be to improve GPs’ and practice staff's knowledge in identifying eye conditions earlier amongst older people and to improve support provided to patients with sight loss. Click on the links below for more information:
This RCGP-accredited guide highlights the need and route for early and appropriate routes of referral, the link between sight loss and other health conditions, and suggests how services provided by general practice can be made more accessible for older people with sight loss. The text has been written in consultation with GPs, and includes an executive summary of the main learning points that are covered in each chapter.
For free print copies of the guide, please email email@example.com
Easy Read information on eye care
There is an increasing need for health providers to offer information in accessible formats and GPs may be interested in SeeAbility's Easy Read information on eye care. This includes information on sight conditions (such as cataracts) and eye operations, as well as sight tests and wearing glasses.
Join the GP Eye Health Network
This free network is part of the work being undertaken for the Royal College of General Practitioners’ (RCGP) Clinical Priority for eye health. It aims to bring together GPs from across the UK to raise the profile of eye health within general practice and improve the quality of care for patients with sight loss.
It is the first network of its kind and currently has over 400 members from across the UK. As a member of the network you will receive:
- Regular email bulletins
- Useful resources
- Invites to training and networking events
If you would like to join the Network, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more about the network.
Eye health clinical fact sheets
Each of the below eye health clinical fact sheets focuses on a specific eye condition. The fact sheets are developed by leading ophthalmologist Dr Gilli Vafidis, and are then peer reviewed by RCGP clinical champion, Dr Waqaar Shah, as well as experts from the Royal College of Ophthalmologists Professional Standards Council, the College of Optometrists, the Optical Confederation and the British and Irish Orthoptic Society.
Training events and workshops
For further information about the work of the RCGP clinical priority programme please visit the UK Vision Strategy website.
You can find out about upcoming training events and workshops on eye health and ophthalmology for GPs here.