News and views

Keep up to date with the latest news from the programme.

EyesWise webinars

We are holding a series of webinars for our EyesWise project. Future EyesWise Virtual Development Collaborative webinars will be on:

All recordings and supporting slides will be uploaded to the EyesWise Hub.

There is no requirement to pre-register for these webinars. Please share in advance any questions you would like to raise at the webinar by emailing england.electivecare@nhs.net

Alternative outpatient services

We are working on a handbook to help local health and care systems develop alternative outpatient services, with a particular focus on virtual care. Check back here for updates on progress.

Endoscopy

We are developing a specification for endoscopy services as a high impact intervention in 2019/20. More information is available on the Elective Care Community of Practice.

Consultant to Consultant Referrals Good Practice Guide

Our Consultant to Consultant Referrals Good Practice Guide helps systems to ensure referrals between consultants are made with the same rigour as referrals made by GPs.

More information is available on the Elective Care Community of Practice.

Capacity alerts

Twenty eight capacity alerts are currently live across 17 NHS providers with limited capacity, enabling GPs to advise patients of alternative providers where they can be seen faster. Nine further alerts have been completed.

Community of Practice membership

The Elective Care Community of Practice has almost 1,000 members and the number is growing all the time. Why not join the health community that is transforming elective care up and down the country?

First Contact Practitioner

We are supporting local areas to mobilise the First Contact Practitioner service which helps patients get faster treatment for back pain, arthritis, and other muscle, bone and joint conditions. In February, the news release attracted national media coverage.

EyesWise Hub

We have set up an online EyesWise Hub which brings together useful resources and good practice, providing an easy way to collaborate and to communicate with others working to transform ophthalmology services.

The Elective Care Community of Practice is for everyone working to transform elective care. Find out more.