UK Vision Strategy Newsletter: February 2017

Post date: 
Tuesday, 28 February 2017
Vision UK 2017

Dear Supporter,

Welcome to the February newsletter from the UK Vision Strategy, including the latest news and events from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

This month we’re sharing the latest Vision UK 2017 programme news and encouraging you to book your place!

Keynote speaker announced for Vision UK 2017

We’re delighted to announce Simon Wheatcroft as the keynote speaker for Vision UK 2017: Shaping Futures on the 15 June 2017.

Simon is a storyteller, technologist, adventurer and inclusivity consultant. In 2016 he became the first blind person to run the 4 Deserts Marathon in Namibia solo. Find out more about Simon

Vision UK 2017 programme

'Shaping Futures' will feature a series of talks, case studies and panel discussions that will inspire action, collaboration and creative thinking to deal with the changing social, economic and political environment the eye health and sight loss sectors operate in now and in the future. Take a look at the programme

Submit a session brief

This year at Vision UK, the annual poster competition will be replaced by the opportunity to present and showcase your work in a conference stream.

These sessions will enable the conference to showcase the wide range of issues facing the eye health and sight loss sectors, and is a great opportunity to bring your important work to the attention of other organisations and key decision makers. Read the entry requirements and submit a session brief

Register today

Register for the early bird rate of £80 + VAT

The early-bird rate will run until midnight on Thursday 13 April, after which places will be priced at £100 +VAT (£120).  

Find out more about Vision UK 2017 at

Country News


Clinical Council urges STP leaders to include eye care in delivery plans

The Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning believes that working at Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) level has significant potential to improve care and prevention, and enable commissioners to transform services at scale. With the exception of two STP areas that are including eye care in their plans, the risk is that eye care will be overlooked. Read more

Northern Ireland

Queens University part of international team developing new model for earlier treatments for AMD

An international team of researchers from Queen’s, University College London and the University of Alabama at Birmingham have developed a cell culture model that could help to develop earlier treatment strategies for AMD.

This cell culture model is the most comprehensive developed so far and will provide an insight into disease progression and the best route to early treatment before vision loss occurs. Read more


Local authorities key to improving life for Scots who are blind or partially sighted

In its manifest for the 4 May council elections, RNIB Scotland has emphasised that people who are blind or partially sighted are more likely to depend on public services – from social care to transport.

RNIB Scotland's manifesto, 'Looking Local', is calling for:

  • a thorough review of regulations and bylaws governing street obstacles such as advertising boards that can be a daily hazard for people with sight loss;
  • ensuring council communications are available in formats such as audio, braille and large-print, or on accessible websites;
  • closing the attainment gap between blind and partially sighted school-children and their peers;
  • maintaining an up-to-date register of people who are blind or partially sighted in their area

Read more


Research published on increasing awareness of eye health in BME communities in Wales 

RNIB Cymru have published the report and executive summary for their research looking in to BME eye health care in Wales.

The results of the project will be used to inform best practice regarding ways to engage with specific Asian and Black communities with eye health and to understand the barriers to attending primary eye care appointments.Read more and download the report

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