Thank you for your attendance at our UKOA National Meeting on Wednesday 4th December 2019!
It was a lively meeting where attendees and speakers had the opportunity to interact and discuss various topics. We began with how hospital eye services and community optometrists work together and communicate with regard to making and managing referrals and how to make that better from both sides. We also heard from hospital and community professionals about their experiences as well as Colleges of Optometrists and Ophthalmologists and the AOP.
In our regional update section, Bristol Eye Hospital discussed their extremely successful and long established multidisciplinary workforce model including advanced non-medical practice and how they make that work. The West of Scotland described their comprehensive large scale ophthalmology transformation programme, the successes they are achieving and some of the areas of challenge they are tackling.
In our supporting patients session, following on from the last meeting’s presentation on the Greater Manchester ophthalmology pathways, we heard how the third sector has been incorporated into those pathways to promote seamless integration of support and care into clinical services and the challenges of ensuring that, once registered, patients received the care and support they need in a timely manner. We also had the opportunity to discuss with the Macular Society how to improve clinical staffs ability to help patients with macular disease and how we can help staff counsel patients and direct them to reliable sources of information and support beyond the hospital setting.
We look forward to our next UKOA meeting in March