Consultation on the way the NI Diabetic Eye Screening Programme is provided

Closed 31 Mar 2019

Opened 7 Jan 2019


The Northern Ireland Diabetic Eye Screening Programme (NIDESP) aims to detect diabetic eye disease at an early stage and prevent sight loss in those with diabetes aged 12 years and over in Northern Ireland. The programme is currently undergoing a modernisation project to ensure that it remains a sustainable service and continues to improve in line with national standards.

One of the key phases of this project is a review of the service delivery model in the programme. Several drivers for change, including the increase in the eligible screening population, pressures on primary care, and importance of timely screening, mean that the current model is unlikely to offer a sustainable high quality service into the future.  A review of potential future options for delivery of the service has been undertaken and a shortlist of 3 options has been identified. 

  • Option 1 - fixed HSC sites throughout Northern Ireland (previously option 2a)
  • Option 2 - fixed GP sites throughout Northern Ireland (previously option 2b)
  • Option 3 - high street optometry based service (previously option 5)

Why We Are Consulting

In order to identify the most appropriate programme delivery model, and ensure that the NIDESP is sustainable into the future, the NIDESP Modernisation Project Board is keen to understand the views of key stakeholders concerning the proposal to change the service delivery model of the NIDESP.

We would like all those who have an interest in the Diabetic Eye Screening Programme to respond to this consultation by completing a questionnaire by clicking the link below.

Before you submit your response, please see Appendix 7 of the consultation document for information about the effect of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 on the confidentiality of responses to public consultation exercises.

What Happens Next

This consultation has now closed.  Thank you for your input.  We will be assessing the feedback from all questionnaire responses and discussions at our information sessions.  All this will be fed into a results summary, which we will upload to this page.



  • Optometrist
  • Optician
  • Service users/patients
  • Carers
  • General Public
  • Community/Voluntary sector organisations
  • Health and social care providers – statutory
  • Health professionals
  • Health and social care staff
  • Staff representatives/Unions
  • Royal Colleges
  • Political representatives


  • Quality and safety
  • Provision of health and social care services