No CET Points


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 4 - Northern Ireland (~8 mins)

    Raymond Curran and Margaret McMullan

    In this section, unit 4, we return to Northern Ireland to hear from policy makers about what it takes to implement national level programmes. Raymond Curran, Head of Ophthalmic Services, and Margaret McMullan, Clinical Optometric Adviser at the Health & Social Care Board, Northern Ireland, explain to us the planning and preparation that goes into rolling out new schemes from a policy perspective, as well as the long-term improvement plans.

    Unit 3 - Wales (~11 mins)Unit 5 - English local schemes (~6 mins)