AOP sets out a vision for the future of optometry
The Association of Optometrists (AOP) is launching its Strategy for Optometry – a plan setting out a vision for the future of the profession across the UK.
The publication is aimed at elected representatives, NHS commissioners and other key decision-makers and is designed to highlight the key role optometry plays in the NHS, and the scope for it to do even more.
UK eye care has gone through fundamental change because of the coronavirus pandemic with optical practices providing eye care to patients where hospitals and GPs could not. Chair of AOP Council, Dr Julie-Anne Little explains: “The coronavirus pandemic prompted commissioners and clinicians to innovate. But NHS primary eye care beyond the sight test remains particularly patchy in England, creating a postcode lottery that is confusing and unfair for patients.”
The AOP’s Strategy for Optometry lays outs where optometrists are qualified and equipped to deliver more NHS work and how this can also relieve pressure on overstretched hospital eye and emergency departments.
Dr Little added: “Our strategy has been developed with the AOP Council and sets out a vision for key decision makers – showing how optometry can work better and smarter for the NHS and ensuring the skills of eye care professionals are used to their full potential. But it also highlights the reforms needed in eye care funding to make sure patients in every community retain access to the care they need.”
A summary of the strategy is included in the June/July edition of Optometry Today for all practising, student and career break AOP members, who are being encouraged to share it with their local contacts.
To read the AOP’s Strategy for Optometry in full visit www.aop.org.uk/