In England the leading eye health and sight loss organisations are working together to deliver a plan for change called the England Vision Strategy.
The England Vision Strategy action plan was launched in June 2015 following extensive feedback from stakeholders. The plan identifies six priorities until 2018 as the key building blocks for change.
The six key priorities of the England Vision Strategy are:
- Detecting eye conditions early, especially in seldom heard groups;
- Promoting a consistent strategy for eye care commissioning;
- Improving the Certification process – making sure people who are eligible actually get certified and registered and that relevant data flows through the whole eye health and sight loss pathway;
- Early intervention to ensure practical and emotional support post diagnosis (for example, an ECLO available in every eye department);
- Habilitation and rehabilitation available on a free and timely basis for as long as needed to learn or relearn key life skills including mobility;
- Development of peer support and self-help groups in every community for adults, children and families to provide voluntary sector support for independent living and to lobby for inclusive local public services.
Steering Group Members:
- Richard Wormald Royal College of Ophthalmologists
- Keith Valentine Vision UK
- Richard Knight LOCSU
- David Geddes NHS England
- Fiona Sandford Visionary
- Jo Mullin College of Optometrists
- Helen Miscampbell Department of Health
- John Thompson Chair – England Vision Strategy
- Peter Corbett Thomas Pocklington Trust
- Peter Fahy ADASS
- Colin Whitbourn RNIB
- Carl Freeman Guide Dogs
- David Brown NHS England
- Juliat Burns RCN Ophthalmic Nurse Forum