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In England, over 1.5 million people are living with sight loss, yet public health messages rarely discuss eye health. Health and social care systems are under immense pressure and are not always integrated to provide the best care and support for people with sight loss. Those who are blind or partially sighted frequently find themselves presented with barriers to work, education, travel and leisure. More needs to be done to combat these issues.

The England Vision Strategy

To address the problems faced on a daily basis by individuals with sight loss, and to promote the importance of maintaining good eye health, the leading eye health and sight loss organisations in England are working together to deliver a plan for change called the England Vision Strategy. The England Vision Strategy works to the aims of the UK Vision Strategy and the Seeing It My Way outcomes nationally and locally for adults and children.

There are a number of ways you can support the implementation of the England Vison Strategy priorities both at a national and local level:

Join the 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 a meeting.

Attend a regional delivery event

Regional groups are being developed across all twelve England regions with a line of sight to every local authority and clinical commissioning group area in England. For more information about regional events, contact the England Vision Strategy Team.

England Vision Strategy Yorkshire & Humberside Event

Wednesday 1 February 2017, 2 pm - 4 pm

Priory Street Centre, 15 Priory Street, York, YO1 6ET

Local Eye Health Networks and other local leaders will be sharing the work that has been going on across the region relating to the England Vision Strategy priorities from early detection of eye conditions to peer support and self-help. You'll also get the opportunity to find out how technology is providing solutions for those affected by sight loss. 

If you wish to attend the event please register via the following Eventbrite page. There is no charge for attendance, but it is essential that you confirm your place by registering.

England Vision Strategy East of England Event

Tuesday 7 February 2017, 2 pm - 4 pm

Essex Record Office, Wharf Road, Chelmsford, CM2 6YT

The Local Eye Health Networks for Essex and East Anglia and other local leaders will be sharing the work that has been going on across the East of England relating to the England Vision Strategy priorities. The England Vision Strategy team will have new data to share and will plan ongoing work with your input.

If you would like to attend the event please register via the following Eventbrite page. There is no charge for attendance, but it is essential that you confrim your place by registering.

England Vision Strategy Thames Valley Event

Tuesday 14 February 2017, 1 pm - 3 pm

Saïd Business School, Oxford, OX1 1HP

The Local Eye Health Networks (LEHNs) for Thames Valley and Northampton, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and other local leaders will be sharing the work that has been going on across the area. We will be exploring progress towards the England Vision Strategy priorities from early detection of eye conditions to peer support and self-help, working with primary and secondary care, social services, the voluntary sector and service users. We will have examples of good practice and current local data to share.

If you would like to attend the event please register via the following Eventbrite page. There is no charge for attendance, but is is essential you confirm your plance by registering.

England Vision Strategy South East Event

Thursday, 16 February 2017 from 1 pm - 3 pm 

Brighthelm Church and Community Centre, Brighton, BN1 1YD

The Local Eye Health Networks (LEHNs) for Kent, Surrey, East and West Sussex and other local leaders will be discussing the work that has been going on across the area. We will be exploring progress towards the England Vision Strategy priorities from early detection of eye conditions to peer support and self-help, working with primary and secondary care, social services, the voluntary sector and service users. We will have examples of good practice and current local data to share.

If you would like to attend the event please register via the following Eventbrite page. There is no charge for attendance, but is is essential you confirm your plance by registering.

Resources and tools

A number of tools and resources have been developed by the UK Vision Strategy and our partners to enable you to ensure eye health and sight loss is a priority in your local area.

 

England Vision Strategy publications and resources

Download the following publications and resources for the England Vision Strategy