19 February 2018
Source: Fight for Sight
Additional funding made available for research into visual impairment associated with diabetes The leading eye research charity, Fight for Sight, has partnered with the leading UK charity for people affected by diabetes, Diabetes UK, to call for applications for a new jointly funded award. This is the first time the two organisations have joined forces.
Read more Fight for Sight and Diabetes UK announce new research partnership
16 February 2018
Source: Fight for sight
Your feedback is really important to Fight for Sight and will help shape content on their website. The survey should take about 5 minutes to complete. Enter the prize draw at the end of the survey. Two lucky winners will each receive £50 in shopping vouchers. The survey will close 5 March 2018. T&Cs apply. Website Survey
Read more Fight for Sight, Website survey
15 February 2018
Source: The Guardian
Most cities are utterly unfriendly to people with disabilities – but with almost one billion estimated to be urban-dwellers by 2050, a few cities are undergoing a remarkable shift. To David Meere, a visually impaired man from Melbourne, among the various obstacles to life in cities is another that is less frequently discussed: fear. “The fear of not being able to
Read more The Guardian: What would a truly disabled-accessible city look like?
14 February 2018
Source: University of Cardiff
Can you be involved? Around 2 million people in the UK have significantly impaired mental capacity due to neurodegenerative conditions such as dementia, acute medical emergencies such as stroke, or associated with learning or intellectual disabilities. Research involving people who have impaired decision-making capacity raises ethical and practical challenges, including the need for others to be involved in the informed
Read more Centre for Trials Research, College of Biomedical & Life Sciences, Cardiff University: Family members’ experiences of informed consent and proxy decision making for research involving adults lacking capacity
14 February 2018
The VICTA Young Ambassadors Programme is a volunteering opportunity for blind or partially sighted young adults aged 18-29 years shaped around employability with projects designed to strengthen key skills and build business understanding, all supported with bespoke mentoring. VICTA are looking to appoint up to six Young Ambassadors who will be expected to attend the VICTA office in Milton Keynes
Read more VICTA Young Ambassadors Programme.
12 February 2018
Source: Vision UK Dementia & Sight Loss Committee
Vision UK response to the NICE Consultation: Dementia: assessment, management and support for people living with dementia and their carers attached below:
Read more Vision UK response to the NICE Consultation: Dementia: assessment, management and support for people living with dementia and their carers
12 February 2018
Source: Macular Society
Researchers in the south of England will become the first in the UK to trial a new drug that could prevent sight loss caused by Stargardt disease, a currently untreatable condition. Stargardt disease, also known as Stargardt macular dystrophy, affects the area of the retina called the macula and causes a reduction in central vision. It is the most common form of juvenile macular
Read more Macular Society: Treatment trial for Stargardt diseases reaches the UK
12 February 2018
Source: General Optical Council
The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to suspend Alpesh Bhundia, an optometrist based in Nottingham, from its register for a period of nine months. A GOC Fitness to Practise Committee found his fitness to practise impaired by reason of misconduct, relating to him making a series of amendments to a patient’s
Read more GOC suspends Nottingham-based dispensing Optometrist.
9 February 2018
Source: Blind Veterans UK, Fight for Sight, the Macular Society and Scottish War Blinded
Four leading sight loss charities have announced a unique partnership to find a treatment for one of the world’s leading causes of blindness. Blind Veterans UK, Fight for Sight, the Macular Society and Scottish War Blinded are jointly launching a collaboration to transform the funding of research to address age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
Read more Charities Unite To Tackle Leading Cause Of Blindness
8 February 2018
Source: Thomas Pocklington Trust
TPT are recruiting a Director of Commercial Development whose focus will be to develop and implement a strategy to grow and diversify the sources of income for VI charities throughout the UK. This will include both restricted and unrestricted sources of funding and in particular to support the continued growth of activities supported under TPT’s strategic partnership with Visionary for
Read more Thomas Pocklington Trust: Vacancy: Director of Commercial Development