Retirement Announcement: Peter Corbett, Chief Executive, Thomas Pocklington Trust

21 January 2019
Source: Thomas Pocklington Trust

It is announced that Peter Corbett, Chief Executive, Thomas Pocklington Trust, is to take retirement and stand down from his position. Thomas Pocklington Trust Chair of Trustees, Rodney Powell, said: ‘The Trustees and I want to thank Peter sincerely for his work with Pocklington. Under his stewardship, Pocklington has contributed significantly to the lives of many visually impaired people and

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Sight Loss Data Tool version 4

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21 January 2019
Source: RNIB

This data tool provides information about blind and partially sighted people and those at risk of sight loss at a local level throughout the UK. For the Data Tool please go to: Sight Loss Data Tool Version 4 The RNIB’s Sight Loss Data Tool is the UK’s biggest collection of eye health datasets. It collates a wide range of publically available

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General Optical Council Business Standards consultation receives positive response from the optical sector

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21 January 2019
Source: General Optical Council

Today the General Optical Council (GOC) has published the full report of the consultation into new draft Standards for Optical Businesses. Analysis of the consultation findings show high approval levels from respondents, with the majority agreeing that they will have a positive impact on optical businesses, professionals and the public. Of the 351 unique responses received to the survey, 87 per

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Macular degeneration trial will be first human test of Nobel-winning stem cell technique

18 January 2019
Source: STAT

Curing diabetes with stem cells? Everyone knew that would be hard. Parkinson’s disease? Harder. Alzheimer’s? Probably impossible. But age-related macular degeneration, a major cause of blindness? That was supposed to be low-hanging fruit. The cause of AMD is well-known, the recipe for turning stem cells into retinal cells works like a charm, and the eye is “immunoprivileged,” meaning immune cells

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Breakthrough in identifying new genes in age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness.

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18 January 2019
Source: Fight for Sight

Fight for Sight funded research published this week in ‘Clinical Epigenetics’, has identified new genes linked to the development of age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in the UK. The research team, led by Dr Louise Porter at the University of Liverpool, have identified genes that may represent new targets for the development of treatments. Currently there is

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Vision UK response to the ORR Improving Assisted Travel – consultation on changes to guidance for train and station operators on Disabled People’s Protection Policy (DPPP)

18 January 2019
Source: Vision UK

This consultation sets out proposals to change the Disabled People’s Protection Policy (DPPP) Guidance for train and station operators on how to write their policies for helping disabled people to travel by rail. It is the culmination of the work undertaken so far to understand passengers’ experience of this service and to develop concrete proposals that are designed to bring

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London Vision’s 2019 strategy to strengthen the service provision for blind and partially sighted people across London

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18 January 2019
Source: London Vision

2019 will see London Vision establish itself as the first sight loss organisation dedicated to serving blind and partially sighted people across all of London’s 32 boroughs. London Vision is focused on strengthening the capital’s sight loss community and striving to ensure that blind and partially sighted people living, working and studying in London are able to access equal opportunities.

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Guide Dogs: Vacancy: Specialist Education Support Officer

17 January 2019
Source: Guide Dogs

Salary:  £33,842 to £35,833 per annum Location:  Home Based (Geographical Area) Region:  Homebased Job Type:  Grade 5 Category:  Permanent- Full Time Closing Date:  29/01/2019 In England, we offer expert, independent advice to help make sure children with sight loss are supported at school, and that they attend the nursery, school or college that’s right for them. In Scotland, Northern Ireland

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Royal College of Ophthalmologists: Quality Improvement Manager

16 January 2019
Source: Royal College of Ophthalmologists

For Salary: £38-45,000   Closing date: 17.00, Thursday 31 January 2019 The Royal College of Ophthalmologists ensures that the highest achievable standards of eye care are delivered for patients through excellence in the training, education and assessment of eye doctors and their continuing professional development. The College is currently seeking a Quality Improvement Manager to be responsible for providing a high-quality

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Book now for March 2019’s FREE Vision UK Counselling Accreditation Course

16 January 2019
Source: RNIB

Following on from Vision UK’s successful pilot Counselling Accreditation Scheme course in June 2018 to increase the capacity for counselling within the sight loss community, places are now available for the next two-day course. Date: 14 – 15 March 2019 Time: 09:30 – 16:30 Venue: RNIB, 105 Judd Street, London, WC1H 9NE Fee: Free Please complete the application form below and return to

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