Understanding the eCare Opportunity

Empower your patients to take control of their eye health by offering a medical eye care service within your practice that is:

Timely

Appointment times centred on your patient’s requirements

Accessible

Local care readily available in a familiar setting

Affordable

Bringing medical eye care within the reach of the majority

Exemplary

Clinical governance led by consultant ophthalmologists
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``Enabling optometry to access a previously inaccessible market``

Who is it for?

eCare has been designed to meet the healthcare needs of those patients for whom private consultations with consultant ophthalmologists are financially out of reach, but want to have control over the monitoring and management of their eye care.

eCare looks to provide accessible medical eye care through a network of well-equipped and clinically focused optometry practices looking to differentiate themselves from other high street practices, by offering patients access to consultant ophthalmologist care, at a time and location which suits the patient.

Clinical cases that can be seen within an eCare setting include:

  • Glaucoma (suspect, at risk or diagnosed)
  • Neavi, low risk retinal anomalies, PVD, age related macular degeneration, and other stable maculopathies.
  • Red eyes, watery eyes, and dry eyes

Becoming an eCare practice you will receive:

Benefits

A new, recurring, and stable, income from new and existing patients.

Immediate access to any opportunities generated by Evolutio through NHS CCG community ophthalmology contracts

Recognition as part of a wider medical service

Access to a medically led education and training network.

Access to clinical cases previously outsire of optometry

Marketing and management support to enable you to focus on your patients.

eCare was developed to allow patient access to consultant-level eye care, delivered utilising the very latest telemedicine technology, from suitably equipped optometry practices at an accessible price.

eCare aims:

  • To provide previously exclusive, often unattainable and expensive ophthalmology led eye care closer to a patient’s home, at a time that’s convenient and at an accessible fixed cost.
  • To provide an exemplary and convenient eye care service to patients, enabling them to take back control of their eye health through nurturing new and existing relationships with high street optometry.
  • To enable optometry to access a new and growing market, leveraging additional revenue from an existing client base.
  • To empower patients, previously unable to afford private eye care, to take back control of their eye health, to be actively engaged in decision making around the monitoring, management and treatment of their medical eye conditions, away from a hospital environment.
  • To utilise the latest in eye care technology to provide an industry leading optometry-led medical eye service, under the protected title ‘medical eye centre’, with a brand recognisable as bringing ophthalmology services to the high street.
  • To operate a medically safe service, operating within a unified clinical standard, under consultant-led governance and with market differentiation from GOS and enhanced services.
  • To deliver eCare training to enable Affiliate clinicians access to consultant-led CET and IP point accredited events, workshops & IP placements within the eCare corporate owned consultant clinics.

``Establishing a regular routine of healthy patients``

Delivery

eCare Affiliates are required to operate to specified pathways, policies, and managed governance structures to ensure patient safety and consistent level of high quality care.

Ophthalmology-led, optometry delivered non-surgical, non-sight threatening, outpatient services, operating under a managed clinical governance framework utilising best practice developed over 6 years of NHS services.
Chronic disease diagnosis and monitoring through bespoke telemedicine for Ophthalmology validated clinical decision making & prescribing.
Pathways utilise the eRefer electronic shared medical record telemedicine system to ensure the reviewing clinician has access to the full diagnostic suite of examinations and notes taken to make a clinical decision.
All medically appropriate qualitative and quantitative data, including OCT imaging, are automatically transferred and centrally held, retaining full B-scan manipulation, allowing for full remote consultant oversight in real time.

 

Automated updates of clinical outcomes transferred through NHS integration to the patients registered GP.
Electronic transfer of records and diagnostics to a consultant should a patient require onward referral.
To ensure we deliver the eCare service safely, within our internal governance protocols, and without unreasonable risk to ourselves or patients, eCare must foster a blameless culture, focusing on the patient’s best interests and with continuous learning.

 

All optometrists working within an eCare pathway undergo an initial Training Needs Analysis to highlight any additional training requirements . Affiliates are encouraged to participate in our peer review cycle and may be offered placements (including IP) in our clinics with one of our consultant ophthalmologists.

Become an eCare affiliate

eCare look to affiliate with optical practices with an appetite to deliver outstanding levels of medical eye care, from a premium location and as part of a highly reputable group of innovative clinicans.

Affiliate optometrists wishing to join the eCare network are working under the clinical governance of an eCare Ophthalmologist, and can therefor work within core skills. However, eCare affiliates are encouraged to have or attain through the eCare network support, additional training such as Glaucoma Management or Independent Prescribing. Initial accreditation is established through one-to-one clinic based support with an existing eCare clinician (including IG), practice compliance assessment. Onward clinical support is provided through eCare operated peer review and reflective case workshops.

To become an eCare practice you will need:

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A great looking practice

eCare is at the cutting edge of optometry, and eCare practices need to reflect the our values whilst making patients feel comfortable

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A clinically focused team, with a great bedside manner

eCare clinicians will go over and above with their patients, ensuring a great service is delivered every time.

Equipment for ophthalmology. Computer and optical equipment for testing eyesight in the clinic.

The latest technology

Digital OCT imaging, such as the Nidek RSD OCT. Digital sight test chart with contrast sensitivity and colour palletsGAT, Volk lenses, and a good slit lamp. Humphreys VFA, Henson 9000, or Oculus twinfield.

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Well governed

eCare must foster a culture of delivering the service safely, without unreasonable risk and with the patient’s best interest at heart

A site survey will be undertaken to ensure compliance with the eCare minimum equipment and premise requirements as part of the on boarding process.

What next?

 

If you are interested in becoming an eCare affiliate then you can register your interest through emailing affiliate@myecare.co.uk or calling 0203 780 7860 and talking to an evolutio relationship manager.