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Developing Eye-care Partnerships

Developing Eye-care Partnerships

Developing Eye-care Partnerships (DEP) is the term used for the implementation of the 2012 – 2017 five year plan for improving the commissioning and provision of eye health care services in Northern Ireland.

The Department of Health’s strategy ‘Developing Eye-care Partnerships – Improving the commissioning and provision of eye-care services in Northern Ireland‘ set out the vision and aim of the DEP project.

The strategy was jointly implemented by the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) and Public Health Agency (PHA).

The DEP project delivered an integrated approach to the planning and delivery of eye-care services through the promotion of eye health, and the development of eye-care pathways (pathways are the specific route a patient takes from their first contact with Health and Social Care – usually GP, through referral, to the completion of treatment for each specific condition.)

The development of eye-care pathways:

Patients benefited from:

The RQIA published a review of the implementation of the DEP Strategy in October 2019 and recommended that the Department of Health should establish an Eyecare Network, hosted by the Health and Social Care Board.


DEP Project 2012-2017 Final Report3.1 MiB3844
DEP Annual Report 20162.6 MiB4166
DEP Annual Report 20151.1 MiB3329
DEP Annual Report 20140.5 MiB3160
DEP Annual Report 20130.2 MiB3059

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