IGA News

  • Christmas Cards 2019

    Sending IGA Christmas cards is a great way to show friends and family that you support our sight saving work.

    This year we have some beautiful new designs, some with lovely festive red envelopes, as well as bargain packs and a small selection of our more traditional designs.

    Call us on 01233 64 81 64 to order your cards and pay by credit or debit card.

    Click on the images below to see larger pictures of the cards.

    Postage costs:

    1 pack of 10 cards: £1.20

    2 to 10 packs: £3.00

    11 or more packs: £6.00

    Bargain cards (30 cards): £3.00

    Call us on 01233 64 81 64 to order your cards and pay by credit or debit card.

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  • New glaucoma patient standards to improve support

    Significant variations in standards of glaucoma care nationwide, resulting in increasing anxiety and frustration for glaucoma patients and, in some cases, deterioration in their sight, have led the IGA, UK Ophthalmology Alliance (UKOA) and Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) to produce a brand new Patient Standards Document, based on best practice from across the NHS.

    Patient standards for glaucoma

    Executive summary

    This publication outlines the standards for excellent care across the whole patient pathway for those with glaucoma-related conditions. The standards have been developed by patients, patient charities and eye care professionals working together. They describe best practice as defined by national guidelines, publications and patient and professional consensus in one comprehensive document.

    They should be used as a supplement to existing non-ophthalmic-specific patient standards and the RNIB-UKOA patient standards for ophthalmology.

    Those providing or commissioning care for these conditions should assess their services and, where the standards are not met, take action for improvement.

    Key points:

    A) Co-ordinated care pathways

    1) Using a robust referral and discharge process, ensure only those who need treatment in a hospital, are seen in a hospital.

    2) Stop or avoid unnecessary treatment.

    3) Monitor patients using a trained team of professionals in the community or hospital.

    4) Ensure all the information and test results are available during all appointments.

    B) Understanding and supporting patients

    5) Adapt care facilities, method of testing, communication and patient support, so that all patients can access and be involved in their own care.

    6) Give patients the full information, support and time they need to understand and be involved in their glaucoma care.

    C) Shared decision making

    7) Patients and professionals should use shared decision making about care and treatment.

    D) Active participation of patients in care

    8) Help patients to use their drops properly. Check this regularly.

    9) Inform patients, and ask at every visit, about medication side effects.

    10) Ensure patients know exactly who to contact or where to go if there is a problem with their eye or medication including in an emergency situation.

    You can download all three documents by selecting the relevant link below:

    A Patient Guide

    Executive Summary

    Patient Standards for Glaucoma

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  • Congratulations to Professor David (Ted) Garway-Heath

    We are delighted to announce that Professor David (Ted) Garway-Heath, IGA Professor of Ophthalmology for Glaucoma and Allied Studies, has been voted Top Mentor worldwide in the 2019 'power list' from the Ophthalmologist: https://theophthalmologist.com/power-list/2019

    Click on the image to read his short interview.

    Congratulations from all of us at the IGA!

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  • Ramadan and Eye Drops

    Did you see our campaign last year on Eye Drops and Ramadan? Did it change how you instil your drops, during Ramadan or afterwards?

    If so we would love to hear from you, to support our campaign for this year.

    We want to help more Muslims across the UK protect their sight by understanding how and why to take drops during the holy month, and we need you to help us!

    Please contact j.bradley@iga.org.uk for more information.

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  • NICE quality standards

    The IGA is supporting the new NICE quality standards for serious eye disorders, covering the diagnosis and management of glaucoma and other eye conditions. Read the full standard here https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/qs180

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  • IGA Glaucoma Patient Conference, Manchester 2018

    Following the success of our Annual Lectures in London earlier in the year, we have decided to hold a similar event for our members in the North West, and we are delighted to announce that there will be a Patient Conference on Tuesday 16 October at the Holiday Inn Manchester City Centre, Aytoun Street M1 3AE.

    The event starts at 2.30pm with a lecture from Mr Leon Au, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital (MREH), who will be speaking about new advances in glaucoma treatment. Following on, Cecilia Fenerty, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at MREH will talk about the changing face of glaucoma care in the UK. The afternoon will finish with a Q&A panel where you will be able to put questions to Leon, Cecilia and other leading glaucoma experts. There will also be a drinks reception from 5pm to 6.30pm.

    The patient conference is free to attend but places are limited and booking is essential, so to secure your place please call us on 01233 64 81 64 or email Richenda at r.kew@iga.org.uk

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  • Engagement on the 2019 tariff

    We have just received the following announcement regarding the NHS tariff consultation

    We are currently working with NHS England to develop our policies for the 2019 national tariff.

    Following the funding settlement announced in July, it is essential that we align the development of our tariff and pricing proposals with the development of the wider long-term plan for the NHS. Engagement with the sector will take place in that context, and the publication of proposals will be aligned with the long-term plan and the planning guidance for 2019/20 and beyond.

    Therefore, we will not be publishing a national tariff engagement document in the short term. We held a series of workshops to gather feedback on our developing policies in June and July. We will be undertaking further engagement on policies over the coming months.

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  • Two New Trustees Join the Council of the International Glaucoma Association

    The International Glaucoma Association (IGA) announces that two new trustees, David Sanders and Susan Blakeney, have joined the IGA Board, which is chaired by Philip Bloom, Consultant Ophthalmologist at the Western Eye Hospital.

    David Sanders is a chartered accountant with more than 30 years of experience in various senior managerial positions, including acquisitions, corporate governance, financial control, IT, logistics, HR and audit, working for companies such as Price Waterhouse Coopers, Litton Industries and Omron Corporation a Japanese multinational company.

    For the last four years, David has held honorary positions for Access Stichting, a Dutch organisation supporting expats and campelle Euf, an organisation supporting foreign students at the Flensburg University.

    Susan Blakeney is a practising optometrist.  As well as her optometry degree and professional certificates in glaucoma and medical retina, she also has an MA in medical ethics and law, a bachelors and a masters degree in law and a PhD. Susan is Clinical Adviser to the College of Optometrists, Optometric Adviser to NHS England (South (South East)) and a case examiner for the General Optical Council.  She was awarded the Fellowship of the College of Optometrists for her contribution to the profession in 2008. She has published several papers and her book chapter on ‘Legal aspects of optometry in the United Kingdom’ was published in 2009.

    Picture by www.edwardmoss.co.uk
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    College of Optometrists conference, York 2014.

    Commenting on the new trustees, Chair of the IGA Board, Philip Bloom, says, “We are delighted that two such high calibre individuals have joined our Council, bringing such useful experience and skills.  David’s business background will ensure that our future strategy is robust, while Susan’s optometry and legal background will also be invaluable in guiding our existing and future services, including dealing with the wider optometry industry and stakeholders.’

    The International Glaucoma Association is the charity for people with glaucoma. Established over 40 years ago, it raises awareness, promotes research related to early diagnosis and treatment, and provides support to patients and all those who care for them. In addition it also part funds the IGA Professor of Ophthalmology for Glaucoma and Allied Studies, Professor David Garway-Heath, at UCL and Moorfields Eye Hospital, London. Other services include: a helpline, patient information, patient support groups, events for professionals and patients, as well as providing grants for research funding. It is run by a board of trustees which represents ophthalmologists, optometrists, ophthalmic nurses and people with glaucoma.

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    For further information please contact Karen Brewer/Richenda Kew on: 01233 64 81 64 or email: K.Brewer@iga.org.uk or R.Kew@iga.org.uk

     

    About the International Glaucoma Association (Charity Registered in England & Wales no. 274681, in Scotland no. SC041550)

    The International Glaucoma Association (IGA) is the charity for people with glaucoma, with the mission to raise awareness of glaucoma, promote research related to early diagnosis and treatment, and to provide support to patients and all those who care for them. For more information, please visit:

    www.glaucoma-association.com

    1. Set up in 1974, it is the oldest patient based glaucoma association in the world and it is a Charity Registered in Scotland, Northern Ireland, England & Wales.
    2. As part of its support services, it operates the IGA Sightline (helpline) and provides free information on any aspect of glaucoma.
    3. For more information about glaucoma, contact the International Glaucoma Association (IGA) Sightline on 01233 64 81 70 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am–5.00pm).

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  • IGA partners with Hospital Pharmacy Europe to increase awareness about glaucoma eye drops

    Hospital Pharmacy Europe (HPE) and the International Glaucoma Association (IGA) are delighted to announce their partnership for 2017. The IGA will be attending the 2017 HPE LIVE conference, taking place on 21 November at Olympia London, where we will meet with hospital pharmacy teams from across the UK. The HPE LIVE team have this year worked hard to grow their partnership with key organisations involved with pharmacy and given the work that the we do, for example #DropsAndYou and our involvement with hospital pharmacy teams, it was an obvious choice to partner up!

    The HPE LIVE conference is an important date in the calendar for hospital pharmacists. The one day, free-to-attend event provides the chance to take a break from work and gain high quality, clinical updates from a panel of experts. With five streams of presentations and talks on offer, plus a Poster Zone where attendees can showcase their innovative projects and research, a Demo Zone, and exhibition, this is an event not-to-be-missed.

    We would urge all hospital pharmacists, dispensers and technicians to join us on 21 November at the event. You can book your free place here. (please hyperlink to: https://www.tfaforms.com/369247?tfa_29=IGA)

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  • The IGA welcomes new NICE glaucoma guideline

    The IGA welcomes the publication of the revised NICE glaucoma guideline. This provides clear referral criteria so that people are monitored in the setting which is most appropriate to them. Many can be managed by community optometrists with the relevant training, which is often more convenient. This lessens the number of people with a low risk of developing glaucoma, being sent to hospitals, which are often over-stretched and struggling to cope with the demand on their services”.

    https://www.nice.org.uk/news/article/people-at-a-low-risk-of-developing-glaucoma-can-avoid-unnecessary-referral-says-nice

     

     

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