Extending the skills of the MDT workforce

Ophthalmology services are in 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. However, there is no national plan or support for this work, and units and staff are often working in isolation to try and achieve change. The UKOA is undertaking work to try and improve this situation and help units and practitioners to change to achieve what they need to deliver safer care using the whole team well.

Our NATIONAL SURVEY on EXTENDED ROLES and ADVANCED PRACTICE for non-medical staff is NOW LIVE and is being sent to units/trusts for completion – It is important that there is only ONE SUBMISSION PER UNIT. The deadline for completion of the survey is FRIDAY 14th DECEMBER 2018.

This extensive survey will be used as a basis for supporting safe expansion of such roles through shared consistency protocols, practices, training and competencies.

In addition, we are collecting numerous examples of protocols, policies, competencies, guidelines and other documents from around the UK on advanced practice. These are being used to draft editable generic national documents and packs for implementing advanced practice and extended roles in all UK units. Please share with us any documents you have or join in the work of this crucial workstream. Please log into the members section and visit the workstream pages to see our resources – if you’re not yet a member visit the membership page and apply to join!

As always please direct any comments or suggestions regarding any of our workstreams by emailing uk.oa@nhs.net stating the workstream title and document reference so we consider your comments carefully.

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