Health bosses across East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen are delighted to have been invited to showcase their work at the International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare.
Staff from the local Hospitals Trust and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have been working closely with community Optometrists to design and deliver an Integrated Eye Service to the people of East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen.
The event planners invited organisations to send information about specific projects and services to them. The team were delighted to hear they had been selected for the opportunity to attend the conference in Gothenburg, Sweden, to present their work to other health experts from across the world.
Mrs Mey Mohan, Consultant Ophthalmologist and Clinical Director for Ophthalmology at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust said:
“We are thrilled to be asked to present our work at such a large and prestigious event. We are extremely proud of the service that we have created which will ensure Safe, Personal, Effective care for local residents and that they get the right treatment, in the right place, at the right time and by the right person.
“The changes we have made mean that we can improve the patient’s journey through the service and between the different providers. The local Optometrists with enhanced skills have had to undergo thorough assessments to be able to deliver care in a community setting”
Dr Adam Black, Clinical Lead for Blackburn with Darwen CCG said:
“This project has involved extensive work between the Trust, Commissioners and Primary Eyecare Lancashire who are responsible for coordinating the community aspect of the new pathway.
“Blackburn with Darwen has also seen the inclusion, within the integrated team, of GPs with Special Interest. This will aid the ability to offer specialist medical eye care in a setting closer to home for certain eye conditions.”
Dr Mark Dziobon Clinical Director for Performance for East Lancashire CCG said:
“Daily assessment of all eye referrals will direct the patient to the right professional first time, each time, working to the principles of the correct expertise and as close to home as possible.
The International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare has been established for 21 years and is one of the world’s largest gatherings of healthcare professionals committed to improving patient care and their safety. It connects over 3,000 healthcare leaders and practitioners from 83 countries, providing an excellent opportunity to learn and share knowledge to improve the quality and safety of care for patients and communities across the world.
PHOTO: Mrs Mey Mohan, Consultant Ophthalmologist and Clinical Director for Ophthalmology at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust who attended the event to present the work