In England the leading eye health and sight loss organisations are working together to deliver a plan for change called the England Vision Strategy.
An Executive Committee comprising 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.
Across all six 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.
The six key priorities (2018) of the England Vision Strategy are:
- Prevention: To improve eye health and prevent sight loss across England within diverse groups and the wider population.
- Commissioning: To promote effective commissioning strategies across health and social care supporting an integrated and person-centred pathway.
- Services: Adults, children, young people and their families have access to the right services, advice and support when eye health and sight loss problems arise.
- Independence: Adults, children and young people can learn, relearn or retain key life skills on a continuing basis as driven by their needs with access to appropriate professional support, aids and adaptations including technology.
- Self-determination: To develop and enable face to face and online peer support opportunities and self-help and self-advocacy resources to empower adults, children, young people and their families to achieve their aspirations.
- Inclusion: To promote inclusive environments and equality of opportunity to enable blind and partially sighted people to fully participate, contribute and live independently.
Steering Group Members:
- Richard Wormald Royal College of Ophthalmologists
- Matt Broom 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