College provides evidence to House of Lords

Evidence about eye care’s potential was presented to a House of Lords committee by Daniel Hardiman-McCartney, clinical adviser at the College of Optometrists.  

The optometrist presented to the Integration of Primary and Community Care Committee with representatives from the College of General Dentistry and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.  

‘At this time of great challenges and opportunities for NHS England, it is essential to make sure that patients continue to receive effective, quality care and we believe that optometrists should be at the heart of patient-centred eye care in England,’ Hardiman-McCartney said.  

Hardiman-McCartney highlighted the lack of capacity in hospital eye services and how primary eye care could be better utilised.  

He also discussed how integration between primary, community and secondary care was prohibited by digital and IT connectivity, and a lack of access to shared care records. 

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