Services, support and care panel

The purpose of the Services, support and care panel is to establish a national framework and priorities focused on ensuring visually impaired people get the services they need in a timely, efficient and impactful way.

Addressing the mechanisms, partnerships, commissions and organisations that provide services, the panel will aim to convene initiatives with the voluntary sector and statutory providers that improve the co-ordination, effectiveness and shared planning of delivery infrastructures.

The scale, focus, delivery pathways and collaborations in the support and social care part of the sight loss pathway are inadequate to meet the scale and diversity of support needs growing in the population. Our aim is to ensure all people affected by sight loss and problems with eye health have access to the services and support they need regardless of where they live or their economic status.

Joint Chairs:
Paul Bowerbank, Norfolk County Council
Phil Ambler, Thomas Pocklington Trust

Member organisations:
Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) (Peter Black)
Guide Dogs (Andrew Dodgson)
Moorfields Eye Hospital (Jo Moss / David Probert)
Rehabilitation Workers Professional Network (RWPN) (Simon Labbett)
RNIB (Amanda Hawkins / Jamie Dormandy)
Royal Blind and Scottish War Blinded (Hawys Kilday)
Shaw Trust (Nick Carey)
Vision UK (Jenny Pearce / Mary Bairstow / Matt Broom / Mike Nussbaum)
Visually Impaired Children Taking Action (VICTA) (Nick Schofield)