Early Intervention and Enablement Committee

The successor to the Vision UK Rehabilitation Committee

The aim of the Committee is to enable blind and partially sighted people to live independently by seeking improvement in early intervention services across the UK along the eye health and sight loss pathway.

To achieve the remit, we will:

  • develop robust evidence bases to inform our thinking and the work we undertake;
  • ensure that the voice of blind and partially sighted people is central in our work;
  • actively work with partners across the eye health and sight loss pathway including professionals and members of the public;
  • develop specific workstreams using established project planning methods with clear objectives, outcomes and timelines;
  • ensure that the membership of the Committee enables us to achieve our overall purpose; and
  • promote the work of the Committee with key stakeholders in order to achieve a proactive, collaborative partnership approach which achieves change and embraces both new and established ways of working.

Phil Ambler, Thomas Pocklington Trust

Member organisations:
Association of British Dispensing Opticians (Debbie McGill)
Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (Paul Bowerbank)
Beyond Sight Loss (Ashrafia Choudhury )
British and Irish Orthoptic Society (Charlotte Codina / Martin Rhodes)
Blind Veterans UK (Catherine Smith / Will Thornton)
East London Local Optical Committee (Jayshree Vasani)
Focal Point UK (Andy Fisher)
Guide Dogs (Shaun Basham / Peter Locke, Northern Ireland)
International Glaucoma Association (Subhash Suthar)
Macular Society (Sarah Oakley)
Rehabilitation Workers Professional Network (RWPN) (Simon Labbett)
RNIB (Carolyn Chamberlain / Helen Lee / John Dixon / Louise Gow / Stevie Johnson / Elin Edwards, Cymru)
Royal Blind and Scottish War Blinded (Richard Baker)
Scotland Vision Strategy Group (Ken Reid)
Sight Cymru (Dr Bablin Molik)
The College of Optometrists (Jane Macnaughton / Olivier Deneve)
The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (Beth Barnes)
Thomas Pocklington Trust (Mike Bell)
Visionary (Fiona Sandford)
Vision Rehabilitation Training (Andrew Dodgson)
Vision UK (Jenny Pearce / Mary Bairstow / Matt Broom)
Visualise Training and Consultancy (Daniel Williams)
Wales Council of the Blind (Owen Williams)
Welsh Rehabilitation Officers Forum (Ian Moran)