19 November 2015
Source: VISION 2020 UK
VISION 2020 UK, the umbrella organisation which leads collaboration and co-operation between organisations that focus on eye health and sight loss, has brought together senior representatives from health, social care and the voluntary sector at an event in London supported by Thomas Pocklington Trust.
This round table event focussed exclusively on integrated care and was held in collaboration with ADASS (The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services) and NHS England. The afternoon was chaired by Nigel Clarke, Chair, VISION 2020 UK and Ray James, President, ADASS.
VISION 2020 UK established the event to conceptualise and discuss how integrated care in eye health and sight loss may offer more effective support and make better use of resources. Delegates debated the impact, effectiveness and current understanding of both the Adult UK Eye Health and Sight Loss Pathway and the Pathway for Children and Young People (0 to 25 years) with Vision Impairment, and their Families. Both of these documents advocate a joined up pathway and were developed following concerns highlighted by patients and service users.
Peter Fahy, Co-Chair ADASS Network on Sensory Loss, Physical Disabilities and HIV, commented, “I was delighted on behalf of ADASS to contribute to this important event to progress the integration agenda for people with sight loss. It was hugely encouraging to see so many partner agencies from both the statutory and voluntary sector contributing to the event.”
Chris Naylor, Senior Fellow, Health Policy King’s Fund, said: “Supporting people affected by sight loss in a more joined up way is an important challenge that will require close working between the NHS, social care and eye health charities. The work that VISION 2020 UK and others are doing in this area shows a real commitment to bringing about improvements.”
David Brown, National Optometry Contacting Lead (NHS England) said: “In understanding the aims of the Five Year Forward View, NHS England recognises the importance of service integration and by working closely with local stakeholders in the eye health economy, we can continue to ensure this remains high on the agenda. With this event, VISION 2020 UK have made a positive step in taking this work forward. We will continue to work closely with all health partners to ensure that the transition from healthcare to rehabilitation is as seamless as possible for patients and that high-quality eye care remains a paramount priority.”
“This is an important first step in understanding the potential benefits of integrated care and enabling the design of services. The role that integrated care has to play across the two pathways is very significant. We are also aware that this needs to be done in the context of the NHS Five Year Forward View and the Care Act 2014 amongst other considerations” said Mercy Jeyasingham, CEO, VISION 2020 UK.