UKOA Quarterly Meeting – Wednesday 13th March – Focus on the multidisciplinary team, advanced clinical practice and extended roles.
The next national UKOA meeting will be devoted to the topic of optimising the role of the non-medical ophthalmology workforce. Please cascade this to all your relevant colleagues including clinical and nursing leads, consultants, ophthalmic nurses, hospital optometrists and orthoptists.
Ophthalmology services are experiencing serious difficulties due to demand for care being greater than the service capacity we have. It is crucial that we optimise our use of the whole multidisciplinary clinical team and many units are pursuing or wish to pursue expansion of roles and use of non-medical workforce at the top or their skill set and abilities. Until recently, there has been no national framework to support this, and units and staff are often working in isolation to try and achieve change. The publication of the Ophthalmic Common Clinical Competency Framework (OCCCF) and the ongoing development of an associated national curriculum and training package, which are progressing well, promise an exciting opportunity to support better skills across the board for non medical ophthalmic healthcare professionals. The UKOA is working to develop linked resources and shared learning to improve the situation and support implementation of the OCCCF, to help units and practitioners to change to achieve what they need to deliver safer care using the whole team well.
During the day we will share learning across different units on the practical steps to develop and deliver services with enhanced non medical roles, examine and discuss information on key issues such as banding of staff, training and supervision, and work together on draft UKOA resources (guidelines, protocols, local competencies etc) which will be published and usable by all units nationally.
Please share this invitation widely across the leadership and staffing of your ophthalmology unit and support staff to register and come and share what you are doing locally.
Members, you will receive an calendar invite for this event. If you have not received this, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.