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UK Vision Strategy project successfully raises eye health and sight loss up the agenda of Clinical Commissioning Groups

An independent evaluation carried out by Shared Intelligence, for the UK Vision Strategy’s Commissioning for Effectiveness and Efficiency (CEE) project has found the project successfully influenced commissioning intentions and contributed to improving the local provision of eye care services. It also helped to prioritise eye health and sight loss across health and social care to maximise the best possible outcomes for local communities.

The two-year pilot scheme worked within three Clinical Commissioning Groups in Gateshead, Bedford and South Devon and Torbay to develop sustainable collaborative commissioning of eye health and sight loss services.

The project’s examples of success included:

  • Gateshead: Eye health included in commissioning intentions for 2014/15. 
  • South Devon and Torbay: Inclusion of eye health and sight loss as part of the Falls Prevention Strategy.
  • Bedford: Improved referral arrangements between primary and secondary eye health services at Bedford Hospital.

Steve Kirk, Vice-Chair of Gateshead CCG, says:

“In Gateshead, the UK Vision Strategy CEE approach has driven the inclusion of eye health into our commissioning intentions for 2014/15, to help us deliver the best possible outcomes for the community. This collaborative approach promotes a patient-centred and evidence-based whole systems model to commissioning that can be applied to areas wider than eye health.”

The evaluation found that the success of the CEE project driving change is the result of the following factors:

  • An evidence-based approach to eye care commissioning and service improvement, through the production of an Eye Health Needs Assessment (EHNA).
  • The development of collaborative, inclusive eye care partnerships/action groups, supported by dedicated project officer resource.
  • The embedding of eye health and sight loss as a priority within public health and across health and social care services.
  • Bringing the patient voice into decision making processes so that services are able to effectively meet the needs of the local population.

The evaluation highlighted the role of the CEE project as a forerunner of the Local Eye Health Networks (LEHN). The evaluation calls for LEHNs to take a lead role in working with commissioners across health and social care to facilitate the CEE approach at a local level.

UK Vision Strategy’s Sally Chandler, who oversaw the delivery of the CEE project, said:

“We want to share the success of the CEE approach with CCGs and local stakeholders all over England. We have produced CEE guidance and a set of support tools, which brings together the key learning points from across the three sites. We look forward to launching the guide with an interactive session at the Commissioning Live event in Manchester on November 18.

We also plan to work with the three CCGs over the next two years to further measure the impact of the CEE approach.”

To view the final evaluation report, key messages and recommendations please visit www.vision2020uk.org.uk/ukvisionstrategy/CEEevaluation

Notes

The CEE project aims were:

  • Establish and share learning across England about the benefits of re-designing eye care and sight loss service, focused on the patient/service user.
  • Build capacity, ensure resources are used most effectively to provide maximum value. 
  • Develop evidence-based, tried and tested templates that assist in commissioning eye care and sight loss services.
  • Establish evaluated good value practice and case studies around the Commissioning Guidance for eye health and sight loss services.

The findings and recommendations of the report are available at www.vision2020uk.org.uk/ukvisionstrategy/CEEevaluation

To find out more about the CEE project please visit

www.vision2020uk.org.uk/ukvisionstrategy/commissioningproject

The CEE Guidance will be launched at Commissioning LIVE event in Manchester on the 18 November, and will then be available to download at www.vision2020uk.org.uk/ukvisionstrategy/CEEguidance

The UK Vision Strategy is a ground-breaking UK-wide initiative, developed by a wide-ranging alliance of statutory health and social care bodies, voluntary sector organisations, eye health professionals service users to produce a unified framework for action on all issues relating to vision. This powerful combination gives the UK Vision Strategy a credibility that cannot be ignored.

 

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