England

In England the leading eye health and sight loss organisations are working together to deliver a plan for change called the England Vision Strategy.

England Vision Strategy LogoThe EVS Strategic Committee is comprised of lead organisations from across our sector provide leadership for the England Vision Strategy. The priorities are addressed across England by task and finish groups actively promoting partnership working across the Adult UK Sight Loss Pathway and the Pathway for Children and Young People (0 to 25 years) with Visual Impairment and their families.

The 3 Priorities of the England Vision Strategy (2019) are:
• Prevention
• Services
• Independence

Across all three priorities we embrace new technologies and approaches alongside tried and tested methods to achieve our aims. We promote competency and effective education and training of professionals. We use measures and monitoring to understand where we are succeeding and where more needs to be done. Everything we do involves blind and partially sighted people or those at risk of sight loss.

Our three priorities mean it will be easier to articulate to the commissioners and stakeholder what the core aims of the EVS are. Also, the three priorities, as they are now outlined, align squarely with the aims of the NHS Long-term plan.

In articulating the aims within the three priorities the following much be demonstrated:

• Sustainability – All priorities and services outlined or delivered within them must be sustainable both from a service perspective as well as from a finance and governance perspective. This is key aim of the new NHS Long-term plan.

• As outlined above all priorities must show an explicit link to the NHS Longer-term plan as well as showing a link to the Long-Term People plan.

• There should be consistent links and references to 2020 within each priority.

Executive Committee Members:

  • Richard Whittington Chair – England Vision Strategy
  • Aideen Dunne, PHE
  • Andy Haynes, Visionary
  • Colin Whitbourn, RNIB
  • David Brown, NHS England
  • Fiona Sandford, Visionary
  • Helen Miscampbell, Department of Health
  • Kate Hon, BIOS
  • Sarah Cant, The College of Optometrists
  • Matt Broom, Vision UK
  • Phil Ambler, TPT
  • Peter Fahy, ADASS
  • Richard Knight, LOCSU
  • Richard Wormald, The Royal College of Ophthalmologists
  • Roxanne Crosby-Nwaobi, RCN Ophthalmic Nurse Forum
  • Wendy Rankin, Guide Dogs