What is the England Vision Strategy?
In England the leading eye health and sight loss organisations are working together to deliver a plan for change called the England Vision Strategy. The England Vision Strategy action plan was launched in June 2015 following extensive feedback from stakeholders. The plan identifies six priorities until 2018 as the key building blocks for change.
The six key priorities of the England Vision Strategy are:
- Detecting eye conditions early, especially in seldom heard groups;
- Promoting a consistent strategy for eye care commissioning;
- Improving the Certification process – making sure people who are eligible actually get certified and registered and that relevant data flows through the whole eye health and sight loss pathway;
- Early intervention to ensure practical and emotional support post diagnosis (for example, an ECLO available in every eye department);
- Habilitation and rehabilitation available on a free and timely basis for as long as needed to learn or relearn key life skills including mobility;
- Development of peer support and self-help groups in every community for adults, children and families to provide voluntary sector support for independent living and to lobby for inclusive local public services.
You can view the priority action plan overview and download the annual progress report England Vision Strategy progress report 2015-16.docx (437.14 KB).
The England Vision Strategy Priorities are available to download in the publications section at the bottom of this page.
How will the England Vision Strategy be delivered?
England Vision Strategy Executive Group
At a national level, the England Vision Strategy consists of an Executive group who represent the leading eye health and sight loss organisations across England. They include:
- Peter Corbett, Co Chair of England Vision Strategy
- John Thompson - Co Chair of England Vision Strategy
- Kirsty Necker - Guide Dogs/ Blind Children UK
- Dr David Geddes - NHS England (observer)
- Pete Fahy - Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
- Fazilet Hadi - UK Vision Strategy / RNIB
- Peter Howitt – Department of Health (observer)
- Jo Mullin - College of Optometrists
- Mercy Jeyasingham - VISION 2020 UK
- Alison Oliver - Visionary
- Richard Knight – Local Optometric Committee Support Unit
- Richard Wormald - Royal College of Ophthalmologists
- Juliat Burns - RCN Ophthalmic Nurse Forum
- Derek Busby - Department of Health (observer)
- Helen Miscampbell - Department of Health (observer)
These organisations will work together to drive delivery of the England Vision Strategy priorities until 2018 both nationally and locally.
The executive group will be supported to do this by five functional excellence groups which will cover the Adult UK Eye Health and Sight Loss Pathway and the pathway for Children and Young People. They will consist of existing groups of acknowledged experts wherever possible – the five groups are
- Children and Young People
- Ophthalmic public health
- Optometry and ophthalmology
- Post diagnosis support, rehabilitation, and low vision
- Voluntary sector good practice
The priority action plan overview provides further information on how functional excellent groups are involved.
National Consultative Group
An inclusive national consultative group has been developed to enable input from a wide range of stakeholders into the delivery of the England Vision Strategy. This group will meet twice a year. Contact the England Vision Strategy team for more information or if you would like to attend.
The England Vision Strategy team have been establishing twelve regional groups across England with a line of sight to every local authority and clinical commissioning group area in England. Over the past year, the England Vision Strategy team have hosted 12 regional events which have been attended by over 400 people from across the eye health and sight loss sectors. Read a blog from the West-Midlands regional event here.
The team is currently in discussion with the regional groups on the next steps. To find out more about the regional delivery of the England Vision Strategy contact the England Vision Strategy team.
England Vision Strategy Team
Delivery of the England Vision Strategy is supported by a dedicated team funded by Thomas Pocklington Trust. Meet the team.