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Since our first ‘referrals special’ in 2015 the situation across the UK has changed significantly. 

There have been changes to guidelines, including the revised NICE guidelines concerning the referral of cataracts, AMD and glaucoma. Some of the policy changes we heard about in our previous referrals special have taken root as regional variations become more established. And, fundamentally, attitudes towards eye health care and management in practice are changing.

This updated resource will look at some new referral processes, hear from experts in primary care management, and the overall aim is to examine the different ways of improving referral pathways, to optimise the use of optometric expertise and resources, to streamline the process and reduce the number of unnecessary referrals whilst maintaining the highest standards of care to our patients.

Last published: December 2020 

    Unit 1 - Introduction (~11 mins)

    Geoff Roberson

    Our presenter, John Waite, introduces the programme and its structure. Geoff Roberson, Professional Advisor to the Association of Optometrists, joins us again to explain the function of local referral protocols and the different types of referral pathways an optometrist might use in practice.

    Learning objectivesUnit 2 - MECS and Scotland (~9 mins)