28 August 2018
Source: Vision UK
Vision UK are delighted to announce that the we have recruited joint chairs for both the Vision UK Research, Cures and Treatments panel and the Vision UK Services, Support and Care panel.
Vision UK’s mission is to improve lives by raising the priority given to eye health and sight loss. We will involve private, public and voluntary organisations to: improve the nation’s eye health; address avoidable sight loss and invest in medical research to address currently unavoidable sight loss; join-up eye health and social care services; and promote an inclusive society for all.
The Vision UK Research, Cures and Treatments panel will be joint chaired by Tina Houlihan CEO RP Fighting Blindness and Louise Calland, Novartis, on behalf of the Industry Vision Group. This joint chairing is aimed at bringing together industry and the 3rd Sector in a new and effective way to increase coverage and the strategic opportunities for effective partnership working. 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 Vision UK Services Support and Care Panel will be joint chaired by Phil Ambler, Director of Evidence and Policy, Thomas Pocklington Trust and Paul Bowerbank, County Manager, Sensory support & Assistive Technology, Norfolk County Council & Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS). The panel brings together local authority and the 3rd sector and will look strategically at a wide range of issues within 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. The target groups include children, families and carers, those with complex conditions and multi-morbidities in consultation with blind and partially sighted people. To achieve this, the panel will include a wide representation from the eye health and sight loss sector to statutory and medical services.
Tina Houlihan said: “I am delighted to be joint chairing this panel at this exciting time for eye research in the UK. We are all aware of the deficiencies and gaps in eye research and coming together to collaborate on solutions is a central part of improving the potential for innovations and cures.”
Paul Bowerbank said: “I am pleased to be part of the Services Support and Care Panel. The issues around social care and support for blind and partially sighted people are wide ranging and complex and only through collaborative efforts can we begin to make strategic changes to improve lives and make society more inclusive. I look forward to the work ahead.”
Matt Broom CEO Vision UK commented: “The new strategic panels are the cornerstone of the work of Vision UK and our strategic aspirations for the UK to be a nation where everyone is aware of eye health eye conditions are identified early, treated effectively and, where possible, cured.
We must ensure people receive services which meet their specific needs, and that these services joined-up and of a high quality. We know there is a lot of work do to and look forward to the continuing opportunities and challenges.”
• Vision UK is the independent partnership organisation which will work with other organisations in the eye health and sight loss sector for the benefit of blind and partially sighted people, their communities and the general population including those at risk of sight loss.
• Vision UK is a member of the IAPB (International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness) and part of the VISION 2020: The Right to Sight initiative. This is an initiative led in partnership by the World Health Organization, and the International Agency for Prevention of Blindness, for the elimination of avoidable blindness. http://www.iapb.org/vision-2020