Don't lose sight of doing what is right.
Currently, an NHS Special Schools Eye Care Service is providing full eye tests in over 80 special schools, attended by over 9000 children. NHS England began its rollout in April 2021. It is operating in three regions of England. The aim was to offer to all special schools, potentially reaching 140,000 children.
Unfortunately the promised rollout to more special schools has halted for an evaluation. Eye care delivery teams have unexpectedly been told their existing contracts are ending in Spring 2023, in order for NHS England to make decisions about the future of the Service and the way it will be commissioned.
Below, you can hear from children, parents, schools, eye care teams and experts in the field about why this service is absolutely essential.