UK Vision Strategy Newsletter: January 2017

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Tuesday, 31 January 2017
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Dear UK Vision Strategy Supporter,

Welcome to the first newsletter of 2017 from the UK Vision Strategy including the latest news from across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

This month we’re sharing the findings of the 'Shaping the Future of the UK Vision Strategy Project' and reminding you about an important date for your diaries!

Best wishes,

UK Vision Strategy Team

'Shaping the Future Report' makes recommendations on the future of collaboration in the eye health and sight loss sectors

We’re very pleased to share with you the 'Shaping the Future Report' following our 6 month evaluation and consultation project.

The report includes:

  • Views on the progress made towards the UK Vision Strategy Outcomes 2013-2018.
  • The country context: the key challenges and successes of the Strategy specific to England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.
  • Recommendations to shape future collaborative work, including both what future work could focus on and how it could be delivered.

Over 750 individuals participated in the research and the report recommendations were co-produced at a workshop involving people who are blind or partially sighted and individuals representing a range of professions in the eye health and sight loss sectors.  

Read the report and find out more about the Shaping the Future Project.

Save the date for Vision UK 2017!

We're pleased to let you know that Vision UK, the leading eye health and sight loss sector conference, will be back in 2017 for the ninth consecutive year.

Vision UK 2017 will take place on Thursday 15 June at the QEII Centre, London. Please save the date in your diaries and share with colleagues who may be interested.

Look out for an email in early February when registration will open!

Country Updates

England

England Vision Strategy host second national conference

The England Vision Strategy (EVS) national conference brought together organisations and people from the eye health and sight loss sector last week.

More than 170 people attended the conference at BMA House on Thursday 26 January where the key issues relating to eye health and sight loss were discussed and success stories from across the sector were shared and celebrated.

Expert panels with members from across the eye health and sight loss sector, including health, local authority and the third sector, discussed the national and regional perspectives, their successes from the past year and what progress was still needed. The findings of the UK Vision Strategy evaluation were also presented and a panel discussed how this would help the EVS and sector achieve shared goals, read more.

Attend an England Vision Strategy regional event

The England Vision Strategy Team are facilitating a number of regional events across England in February:

Northern Ireland

Guide Dogs Northern Ireland call for responsible parking

Guide Dogs Northern Ireland are working with Cedar Foundation and the Police Service Northern Ireland Road Policing to call for responsible parking. Pavement Parking currently causes difficulties for lots of pedestrians across the UK and is a longstanding Guide Dogs campaigning issueOver the coming months the Police will be issuing notices to drivers of badly parked cars informing them that if they repeatedly offend they are at risk of a fixed penalty notice for obstructing the pavement. You can follow the campaign on social media at the hashtag #responsibleparking.

Wales and Scotland

Welsh and Scottish Vision Strategy Country Groups publish Key Achievement Reports

The Welsh and Scottish Vision Strategy Country Implementation Groups have published their key achievement reports for 2015 -2016 which share some of the accomplishments of partner organisations in relation to the three outcomes of the UK Vision Strategy.

The reports highlight how collaboration with partners across the eye health and sight loss sectors can achieve positive outcomes to prevent avoidable sight loss and to support people who are blind or partially sighted. Find out more and download the reports.

Sector News Snapshot

  • RNIB add qualitative interviews capturing the voices of the ‘hard to reach’ to ‘My Voice’ research, read more.
  • Report highlights that the cost of living for people with sight loss increases significantly with severity and age, read more.
  • New report from Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW) say ophthalmology services in hospitals are "fragile" and do not have enough capacity to meet demand, read more.
  • Growing through RP, RNIB Director and Lead Officer of the UK Vision Strategy Fazilet Hadi shares her experience of living with retinitis pigmentosa, read more.
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