STRUCTURE: Moorfields Eye Hospital Foundation Trust is to take over the management of a specialist eye cancer service run by Barts Health Trust, including all outpatient work.
The transfer follows a National Peer Review Programme review of Barts’ ocular oncology service. This was commissioned by NHS England in May.
While the review found “no concerns” with the clinical quality of the service, it said improvements could be made in patient care pathways, a spokeswoman for the commissioning body said.
Inpatient work, including surgery and oncology diagnostics and support, will remain at Barts.
NHS England refused to reveal the size of the service’s budget or whether it would move from Barts to Moorfields, because it considered the information “commercially sensitive”.
A Barts Health Trust spokesman said: “Following a full service review by NHS England, a recommendation was made to site the whole ocular oncology outpatient service at Moorfields Eye Hospital Foundation Trust.
“This is currently operated on a split site basis between both trusts.
“Meanwhile, the inpatient service, including surgery, oncology diagnostics and support, will remain under our care.
“We are working closely with colleagues at Moorfields and NHS England to make the necessary arrangements.”
An NHS England spokeswoman said: “The review highlighted opportunities to deliver improvements in the pathway for the benefit of patients.
“The service will continue to be delivered jointly by both Moorfields and Barts Health; this reflects the current arrangement, whereby Moorfields delivers outpatient and Barts Health provides inpatient care.”
A spokeswoman for Moorfields said the service will be “an important addition to our comprehensive ophthalmic portfolio”.
Moorfields and Barts have set up a joint project board to “ensure a safe transfer of the service”.
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