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Community Eyecare Services Review 2016/17

The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Shona Robison, announced a Review of community eyecare services in Scotland on the 25th August 2016. This review will be chaired by Hamish Wilson CBE and will involve collaboration between Scottish Government and a number of key stakeholders.

It has been ten years since the introduction of free NHS eye examinations for all of Scotland’s residents in 2006. Since its introduction there has been a 29% increase in the number of eye examinations carried out on an annual basis with over 2 million carried out in Scotland every year.

The Scottish Government remain committed to ensuring free eye examinations for all and the Review will not change this. Instead it will focus on the developments of the skills and capabilities of eyecare practitioners over the past ten years and how these can now be used to offer an even higher quality of eyecare services for patients in their communities.

The Review will consider and evaluate community eyecare services across Scotland.  This process will involve reviewing how services are currently delivered and recommending actions which will lead to improvements.  Working with a range of partners, the Review will assess the scale and impacts of a number of issues and consider improvements to the service that can provide first-class eyecare services that meet the individual needs of patients.

The Review is scheduled to report to Scottish Ministers by the end of the year.

Anyone who wishes to share their view on current community eyecare services in Scotland can do so by contacting the Review team by email at the following address: nhseyecarereview@gov.scot