The Royal College of Ophthalmology (RCOphth) strongly recommends orthoptist led UK National Screening programme for children. The BIOS and orthoptists are delighted to have this support!
The UK National Screening Committee (NSC) has recommended orthoptist led screening for visual impairment in all children aged 4 – 5 years. http://www.screening.nhs.uk/vision-child
From October 2015, responsibility for the funding of vision screening of 4-5 year olds was passed from NHS CCGs to Local Authorities. However some Local Authorities fail to commission this vision screening, or are even decommissioning screening, because of budgetary pressures. This shows lack of awareness of the NSC guidance and results in failure to provide a quality assured care pathway for those children with visual impairment or ocular disease who would have been picked up by the vision screening.
Read the full statement here https://www.rcophth.ac.uk/2016/09/rcophth-strongly-recommends-orthoptist-led-uk-national-screening-programme-for-children/