21 May 2018
Source: England Vision Strategy
England Vision Strategy priorities executive summary
In England, over 1.5 million people are living with sight loss, yet public health messages rarely discuss eye health. More needs to be done to promote the importance of maintaining good eye health.
Health and social care are under immense pressure facing capacity issues and financial pressures and are often disjointed. Improvements in service design and commissioning should be supported to provide the best care and support.
Those who are blind or partially sighted frequently face barriers to work, education, travel, leisure and the built environment. These and other issues impact significantly on their overall health, wellbeing and independent living.
To address these problems, the leading organisations in England are working together to deliver a plan for change called the England Vision Strategy.
The England Vision Strategy is part of Vision UK’s country led approach and encompasses the Seeing It My Way outcomes for adults and children. The England Vision Strategy has identified six priorities until 2021 as the key building blocks for change both nationally and locally.
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 priorities documents in various formats are attached below