The number of people in the UK suffering from sight loss is expected to reach 4 million by 2050.1
The challenges facing the NHS have intensified in recent years, with growing demand increasing the pressure on capacity and services. Those working in ophthalmology are particularly familiar with such difficulties.
The NHS Long Term Plan emphasises the need to accelerate the redesign of patient care to address concerns in funding, staffing, increasing inequalities and pressures from a growing and ageing population, so that medical advances continue for better outcomes of care.2
We share that same view in Novartis UK. We have a clear sense of purpose to work with the NHS to reduce avoidable sight loss in the UK. Novartis has experience of working in collaboration with the NHS to build sustainable eye health services and to address capacity challenges.
Improving patient outcomes and experience is the driving force behind our partnerships with the NHS. We have partnered with the NHS on a wide range of service improvement delivery projects to respond to changing patient needs and expand services into the heart of communities. By pooling our skills, experiences and/or resources with the NHS, we aim to ensure better patient outcomes and experience.