This panel will work towards setting up a national framework for statistics and knowledge which we know and agree. It will look to pull together a narrative to provide a means for us to communicate (with a reasonable degree of certainty) the statistics for eye health sight loss, economics and public health. It will look to horizon scanning, in which collaboration is essential to bring information together from all parties undertaking epidemiological, evidence and statistical research. It will also act to engage with the need of and inform the other panels to allow them to have useful and useable evidence.
The purpose of the Research, Cures and Treatments panel is to provide a unified position on methods to prevent, treat and cure eye health conditions, now and in the future by establishing a partnership between the sight loss and eye health sector as well as patient groups, service providers and industry.
The purpose of the Services, Support and Care (SSC) panel is to consider the wide range of subjects including services from 3rd to statutory sectors. This will include topics such as: habilitation, rehabilitation, technology, housing and social care. The panel will put forward, and advocate for, unified strategic outcomes to improve the lives of blind and partially sighted people including children, families and carers, those with complex conditions and multi-morbidities in consultation with blind and partially sighted people. As such it will need a wide representation from the eye health and sight loss sector to statutory and medical services and beyond.
The purpose of the Public Understanding of Eye Health and Sight Loss Panel (PUEH) is to maximise the public understanding of eye health and sight loss to the general benefit of the population, inform policy, ensure consistent messaging and aid forward planning and coordination – particularly for larger cross-sector events and initiatives such as World Sight Day or National Eye Health Week.
The purpose of the leadership panel is to bring together senior members of the eye health and sight loss community to ensure strategy and actions are co-ordinated and we do not repeat or duplicate work. It is also for the chairs of the panels to bring the work done to the senior execs.