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Founder members

The UKOA has 27 founder members which are listed below:

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  • Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge University NHS Foundation Trust (NHSFT)
  • Bolton NHSFT Bristol Eye Hospital University Hospital
  • Bristol NHSFT
  • Gloucestershire Hospitals NHSFT
  • James Paget University Hospitals NHSFT
  • Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (NHST)
  • Leicester Royal Infirmary, University Hospital of Leicester NHST
  • Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, Manchester University NHSFT
  • Moorfields Eye Hospital NHSFT
  • Newcastle Eye Centre, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHSFT
  • Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHSFT
  • Oxford Eye Hospital, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford University Hospitals NHSFT
  • Queen Elizabeth Hospital, University Hospitals Birmingham NHSFT
  • Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham University Hospitals NHST
  • Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHST
  • Royal Glamorgan Hospital
  • St Paul’s Eye Unit, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHST
  • Sunderland Eye Infirmary, City Hospitals Sunderland NHSFT
  • United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHST
  • University Hospital Southampton NHSFT
  • British and Irish Orthoptic Society
  • College of Optometrists
  • Ophthalmology clinical reference group (specialised commissioning)
  • Ophthalmology GIRFT
  • RCN Ophthalmic Nursing Forum
  • Royal College of Ophthalmologists
  • Royal National Institute of Blind People



Key learning – developing a specialty alliance model

  • Leading the way in delivering better care and value through improved outcomes and productivity is best achieved through collaboration and not duplication.
  • Governance should be shared, not dependent on a single trust.
  • Someone has to drive the process in the establishment phase.
  • Principles for developing an alliance need to be agreed to develop an implementation plan.
  • Founder members should ensure the alliance is manageable in the establishment phase.
  • Founder members should be representative of the specialty (not just all the largest services).
  • It’s good to replicate other models but tailor each sub-specialty alliance as appropriate.