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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 2 - MECS and Scotland (~9 mins)

    Craig MacArthur

    Since devolution in 1999, parts of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have adopted various approaches to the implementation and funding of eye health schemes. We start our exploration of regional referral protocols in Scotland with Glasgow based optometrist, Craig MacArthur, whose practice is restructured around effective use of trained optometrists to best manage patients in the primary care community.

    Unit 1 - Introduction (~11 mins)Unit 3 - Wales (~11 mins)