The Cataract Sub-Specialty Delivery Group brings together key ophthalmology clinical, operational and managerial experts from across NHS Scotland and Scottish Government.
Improving the Delivery of Cataract Surgery in Scotland: a Blueprint for Success
In January 2022, the Scottish Government commissioned the Centre for Sustainable Delivery to establish the Scottish National Cataract Short Life Working Group to address current challenges in cataract surgery in Scotland.
This multi-professional group has co-developed an agreed set of principles for delivering higher volume cataract surgery in operating theatres on a sustainable basis and assist in future proofing cataract services.
This work has led to the publication of 'Improving the Delivery of Cataract Surgery in Scotland: a Blueprint for Success' which will support Boards to deliver high quality, high volume, specialist care.
This Blueprint builds on existing work that has already been done by the National Eyecare Workstream to:
- Embed recommendations from Health Board Ophthalmology Peer Reviews.
- Align with the Royal College of Ophthalmologists guidelines for training lists and high volume service lists.
- Acknowledge different models of service delivery from various sites across NHS Scotland.
Our Cataract Sub-Specialty Delivery Group has been established to support Boards to implement the Blueprint.
A Toolkit setting out a range of practical actions with accompanying resources will shortly be available to help NHS Boards with local implementation.
A measurement plan to help monitor progress and offer support is also in development.