New Chair elected to lead the Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning (CCEHC)

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Friday, 26 June 2015
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David Parkins, President of the College of Optometrists, has taken over as Chair of the Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning (CCEHC).

The Clinical Council, which brings together professional and patient organisations from across the sector, is the national clinical voice for eye health in England. Formed in 2013 under the Chairmanship of the Professor Harminder Dua, former President of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists, the Clinical Council has been working in partnership with NHS England to support the development of services to meet local population needs and improve outcomes for patients .

Following a vote of the membership of Clinical Council, David Parkins was elected as Chair. He said:

“The Clinical Council is now fully established under the excellent chairmanship of Professor Harminder Dua. I am proud to be taking over from him and chairing a body with such a vast collective expertise of commissioning eye health and sight loss services, including social care and ophthalmic public health.

“I am looking forward to working with NHS England, other Local Eye Health Network Chairs, CCGs, Health and Wellbeing Boards and  the range of Providers within Eye Health on developing improved co-ordination and integration between services. We do need to start collecting performance data for our pathways using the new Portfolio of Indicators (developed by the VISION 2020 (UK) ophthalmic public health committee) to show we are delivering improved outcomes for our patients.”

Since its formation, the Clinical Council has been a voice for the eye health professions and patient organisations, most notably with its evidence-based responses to the NHS England consultation Improving eye health and reducing sight loss - a call to action, and the debate surrounding the use of Avastin to treat wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Professor Harminder Dua, former President of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists and first Chair of the Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning, added:

“It’s been a privilege to serve as first Chair of the Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning which has already achieved a great deal in terms of collaboration and output. As a body, the Clinical Council offers a unique opportunity for a range of organisations within the sector to come together, and there has been an enormous amount of consensus for key and pressing issues affecting the whole sector.

“We have been able to provide a key voice in discussions on eye health commissioning, and our combined expertise will enable us to offer invaluable, evidence-based advice that will deliver real and positive changes to eye and vision services in England.

“I was honoured to lead the Clinical Council through its first two years, and in handing the Chairmanship to David, I know I am leaving it in safe and capable hands.”