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Conference - Delivering Leading-edge Ophthalmic Nursing

Delivering Leading-edge Ophthalmic Nursing

Date: 14/03/2018

Duration: 1 Day
Start Time: 08:45 - End Time: 16:15
CPD Hours: 7

Conference Overview

The venue Oxford Town Hall is set in the historic and picturesque town centre within walking distance of the railway station.


The primary national event for Ophthalmic Nursing and allied professionals working in ophthalmology.


The 7th annual ophthalmic conference is being held in historic Oxford. The programme provides an interesting mix of staff development, capacity and ophthalmology service management along with advanced clinical ophthalmic subjects. A busy day that offers an ideal opportunity to network with colleagues from around the country and to learn and share innovation and practice development.

Conference Content

Chair (am) - Janet Marsden, Professor of Ophthalmology and Emergency Care, Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care, Manchester Metropolitan University


Quality and safety in eye services – a beginners guide

  • There is increasing focus on quality in clinical services but often units have no clear grasp of how to assess this
  • This is increasingly challenging as we work in innovative ways across professions and sectors
  • This talk outlines the basics of a modern approach to quality and safety in ophthalmology
  • Shares tools which can used to assess and deliver quality care
  • Looks particularly at key aspects of avoiding cataract wrong IOL never events

Mrs Melanie Hingorani, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Clinical Lead, Moorfields Vanguard Programme, Chair, The Royal College of Ophthalmologists Professional Standards Committee


An innovative approach in ophthalmic workforce development

  • Main drivers for the programme for non-ophthalmic trained nurses
  • The new to ophthalmology programme structure
  • Findings from a study to evaluate the programme
  • Benefits and challenges
  • Career pathways and the way forward

Tendai Gwenhure, Clinical Educator, Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London


A cataract pathway designing out error

  • Innovation achieving quality and effectiveness
  • Excellence in implementation of evidence based practice
  • Improved access; including access to appropriate practitioner and outcomes
  • Achievement in improvements in the health of part of the local population
  • Safe and effective care, designing out error

Dolores Boyle, Theatre Manager / DPU Ophthalmology and Ann McConnell, Specialist Ophthalmology Nurse Outpatient Department, Downe Hospital, South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust, Northern Ireland


Ophthalmic nurses - how do we grow our own and keep them

  • How are we inspiring our student nurses on placement - innovations in mentorship - relating to new NMC standards and framework
  • Ophthalmic nurse education - work based learning
  • Utilisation of the RCN competencies for ophthalmic nursing - creating a robust competency matrix for all bands
  • Nurse apprenticeships and health care assistant development, is there a place for band 4 nurses in ophthalmology?

Samantha Palmer, Senior Sister, Education, Development and Retention Lead Ophthalmology, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust


Transformational review of the clinical pathway for patients undergoing cataract surgery

  • Overview of the transformational project: “Operation Cataract”
  • The clinical pathway, work packages and implementation plan
  • Competency package for Nurse-led clinical assessment for cataract surgery, including ocular examination and investigation and listing patients for surgery
  • Clinical audit and recommendations for future practice

Rebecca Turner, Acting Divisional Nurse, Neurosciences, Orthopaedics, Trauma & Specialist Surgery Division, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Chair (pm) - Marina Forbes, Clinical Nurse Specialist Ophthalmology, North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust


Costing a new ophthalmic service - measuring the impact of the anti-VegF business case 12 months on

  • Why a business case is needed, how to go about creating and implementing it and what to do with it when it is complete
  • What impact has it had, has it changed the patient pathway, has it created more problems than it solved, what would have happened if we hadn't introduced it
  • The future - is it transferable to the new hospital or do we have to go back to the drawing board
  • What if anything would I do differently

Jayne Bradley, Business Manager for the Clinical Eye Research Centre, Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust  


Optical Biometry Developments in Practice

  • What is optical biometry?
  • The importance of accurate biometry
  • New machines (iol master 500, 700 and the lenstar)
  • Interesting scenarios
  • The way forward

Helen Hancock, Senior Staff Nurse, Pre operative Assessment clinic, Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Temporal Artery Biospy: an outline of a development of an Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) led service

  • Aetiology, prevelance, diagnosis, treatment and distinguishing the need for temporal artery biopsy (TAB)
  • An insight and rationale for creating a nurse-led temporal artery biopsy service
  • How the service works and the role of the ANP in streamlining the TAB
  • How the ANP also undertakes the TAB surgery including assessment, competency and lessons learnt
  • The future of the role incorporating the Rheumatology team

John Cooper, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


New NICE Guidelines – Cataracts in adults: management (expected Oct 2017)

  • The process of NICE guideline development
  • Considering the cataract guideline and its implications for commissioning
  • The implications for ophthalmic services and for patients

Janet Marsden, Professor of Ophthalmology and Emergency Care, Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care, Manchester Metropolitan University


The role of a Research Officer in an ophthalmology department

  • Working alongside research nurses to coordinate clinical trials in different therapeutic areas of ophthalmology such as medical retina, glaucoma and cornea
  • Introducing a clinical background in Optometry and Orthoptics and a different set of skills and knowledge that complement the clinical and research teams in the department

Noelia Pitrelli, Research Officer, St Paul's Clinical Eye Research Centre, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust


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