Accredited Partner Programme

Accredited Partner Programme

SpaMedica is the largest provider of cataract surgeries for NHS patients in the UK; treating thousands of NHS patients each month. A key part of our service is being able to offer our patients the opportunity to have their cataract post-operative assessment at their referring optician’s practice. We currently have over 3,300 community optometrists registered on our Accredited Partner Programme.

The feedback we receive from our accredited partner optometrists is overwhelmingly positive and the main benefits of the Accredited Partner Programme are:

  • Short waiting times for NHS patients – about 4 weeks from referral to cataract surgery – 2 weeks to pre-op assessment
  • Dedicated experts in the SpaMedica team supporting you with cataract and cataract surgery queries
  • Patient helpline to answer patient queries directly about their referral and treatment
  • Positive and happy patients giving you increased customer loyalty
  • Feedback regarding patients throughout their treatment journey
  • Additional revenue streams
    • for post-op assessment appointments
    • new prescription glasses for patients following surgery

We understand the importance of your role as a community optometrist and the support you give to patients. We pride ourselves on the positive patient outcomes we achieve together, but don’t take our word for it, you can hear from our patients themselves here.

We run regular Accreditation Scheme sessions at each of our hospitals – contact us to find out more or click here to view dates and locations of our upcoming events.

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    The diagram below shows the workflow of how the scheme works, indicating where the services are delivered by community optometrists and SpaMedica.

    • Day 1

      1. Visual acuity and eye check

      2. Cataract diagnosis and patient suitable for surgery

      3. Referral to SpaMedica

    • Day 15

      4. Pre-op appointment and assessment

      Day 29

      5. Cataract surgery - 1st eye*

      *For single eye referral, go straight from step 5 to 8 - 28 Days inbetween.

    • Day 43

      6. Post-op assessment - 1st eye visual acuity and eye check

    • Day 57

      7. Cataract surgery - 2nd eye

    • Day 85

      8. Post-op assessment - visual acuity and check for both eyes

      9. Prescription spectacles - if required

      10. Follow up and annual check

    *For single eye referral, go straight from step 5 to 8 - 28 Days inbetween.

    How we will work with you

    A major benefit of the scheme is the communication provided by SpaMedica from referral through to the post-op assessment, to ensure patient information and outcomes are shared and up-to-date:

    • Letter/email sent to optometrist to confirm patient pre-op appointment
    • Letter/email sent to optometrist with pre-assessment details and to confirm patient/surgery treatment date
    • Letter/email following surgery for optometrist to book post-op assessment with patient
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    In addition, SpaMedica has developed two quarterly reports for our accredited optometrists; the first showing an overview of outcomes and the second showing patient feedback on your services.

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