Vision UK 2015 Calls for Continued Collaboration to Influence Decision Makers in Eye Health and Sight Loss Services

Post date: 
Friday, 19 June 2015
Lord Holmes of Richmond MBE delivers his keynote address

The seventh annual Vision UK conference took place on 18 June 2015 at Central Hall Westminster, London. Titled ‘Working Together to Deliver the UK Vision Strategy’, it was the largest Vision UK conference to date and welcomed more than 550 attendees.

The opening session included an inspiring keynote address from Lord Holmes of Richmond MBE, who highlighted the importance of collaboration, stating that we must continue to work together to make the UK Vision Strategy a reality.

Through a new format of five conference streams focused on delivering aspects of the UK Vision Strategy, the conference shared best practice and highlighted the great work that has been happening across the UK.

Vision UK 2015 was also delighted to be supported by Justin Tomlinson MP, Minister for Disabled People. Justin Tomlinson MP said:

“Almost two million people in the UK live with sight loss and Vision UK 2015 is vital in bringing together the various groups and organisations that work on their behalf. The Royal National Institute of Blind People can be proud of supporting such a worthwhile and well-attended event.”

UK Vision Strategy also created a fully accessible conference experience for all attendees with the first Vision UK smartphone application. Delegates could access the programme, vote in the poster competition and network with other attendees through the app which was available in IOS, Android and Web formats.

The day concluded with the People’s Panel, which was made up of speakers who are blind or partially sighted from each of the five conference streams. Chaired by Vidar Hjardeng, Diversity Consultant for ITV News, the panel shared their pledges from the event which included continued emphasis on the importance of accessible technology, hearing what service users have to say and collaborating to influence decision makers.

Interviews from the conference

Listen to interviews with speakers and the conference organisers courtesy of Insight radio:

Katherine Raven, UK Vision Strategy Senior Manager

Lesley-Anne Alexander, Chair of UK Vision Strategy and CEO of RNIB

Exhibition Hall at the Vision UK 2015 conference

Emily Davision, Fashioneyesta Blogger