Vision UK 2017: Shaping Futures programme


Vision UK 2017: Shaping Futures

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9.00 - 9.45: Registration and networking

Morning plenary

9.45 - 9.55: Welcome

Keith Valentine, Deputy Chief Executive, Thomas Pocklington Trust

9.55 - 10.10: Keynote address

Simon Wheatcroft, Storyteller, Technologist, Adventurer and Inclusivity Consultant

10.10 - 10.20: Partnership in action: Dementia Action Alliance 

Phil Freeman, Executive Lead, Dementia Action Alliance

10.20 - 10.30: Shaping Futures

Fazilet Hadi, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Advocacy, RNIB

Morning streams

10.45 - 12.30:

Delegates have the opportunity to choose between three parallel morning streams:

Stream 1: Public health, individual responsibility and collective action

Protecting the health and well-being of individuals and populations, and promoting healthcare equality and accessibility is the role of public health. But with increasing pressure on services, an aging population and an increase in diseases such as dementia, is the eye health message being lost putting more people at risk of sight loss?

Stream Chair: Louise Stalker, Low Vision Optometrist and Clinical Lead


Learning from National Eye Health Week

David Cartwright, National Eye Health Week

Case Studies:

Eye research - projects and partnerships

Michele Acton, Fight for Sight and Judith Potts, Esme's Umbrella

Communities eye health champion project

Neil Baxter, RNIB and David Backhouse, Volunteer and Manchester Eye Health Project Advisory Board Member

A study of the effects of sight loss on diabetic patients

Bronagh Stewart, Queens University Belfast and Andrew Murdoch, Guide Dogs Northern Ireland

Reducing vision related falls

Paul Alexander, College of Optometrists

Delays to follow-up eye appointments 

Barny Foot, Royal College of Ophthalmologists 

Self-Advocacy - 'Ask and Tell!' 

Tessa Barret, Macular Society and Karen Osborne, International Glaucoma Association

Read more about Stream 1

Stream 2: Working together towards integrated care and support services

Greater integrated care within the health service has been a priority for successive UK governments for decades; there have been a number of approaches to the problem from multidisciplinary care, to shared care, to the integrated care model, but why does fragmentation persist and is there anything we can do about it?


Innovative new models of care and ways of working

Dr Phil Richardson, Dorset CCG

Case Studies:

Optical practices: solutions to the rising demand on eye care services

Fiona Hiscox and Jonathan Drew, Devon Local Optical Committee 

Networked ophthalmology care – a toolkit for increased collaboration  

Karen Reeves, Moorfields Eye Hospital

Using patient experience to improve eye care services

Dr Jackie McCall, Public Health Agency Northern Ireland

Sight loss and mental health

Adrian Iuga, King’s College Hospital

Certification of visual impairment in the 21st Century – the eCVI project and ECLO support

Philippa Simkiss, RNIB and Chris Wilsdon, Princess Royal Universty Hospital and Queen Mary's Hospital

The costs avoided through effective rehabilitation services

Josh Feehan, RNIB 

Read more about Stream 2

Stream 3: Inclusion - being heard and changing attitudes!

Is enough being done to involve people living with sight loss in the design process for developing tools that enable independence and inclusion and if not, why not? 

Public perceptions of what it is like to live with sight loss can limit blind or partially sighted people’s opportunities in life, leading to social isolation and underachievement so what can be done to stop this from happening?

This stream will include sessions ranging from product design that puts users at the beginning of the design process to awareness raising projects that improve public understanding of sight loss. 

Stream Chair: Ken Reid, Scottish Vision Strategy Ambassabor


Including the voice of those with sight loss in design

Matt Marsh, Firsthand Experience

Case Studies:

Cities Unlocked

Jarnail Chudge, Microsoft

Conspexit Intelligent Assistant

Laith Al-Janabi, Conspexit

Working in partnership to provide support to families of children with vision impairment

Sarah Akhtar, Henshaws and Kay Wrench, Oldham Education Team for Vision Impairment 

Supporting Black African people with sight loss to develop peer support groups 

Diana Collins and Gozie Joe Adigwe, RNIB Scotland

Changing the face of blindness

Jay Paul, RNIB

Read more about Stream 3

12.30 - 13.45: Lunch, exhibitors and networking

Afternoon Plenary

14.00 - 15.30: Shaping futures and learning from other sectors (part 2)

Time to Change: Rethinking mental health

Sue Baker, Director, Time to Change

Things not to say to a blind person

Marc Powell, RNIB and Georgie Bullen, Team Insight

An ambition to shape the future

Keith Valentine, Deputy CEO, Thomas Pocklington Trust 

Achieving change, together

Panel discussion with

  • David Parkins, Chair, Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning for England and Chair, London Eye Health Network (NHS England)
  • Peter Corbett, Chief Executive, Thomas Pocklington Trust and Chair England Vision Strategy
  • Sally Harvey, Acting Chief Executive, RNIB
  • Ken Reid, Scottish Vision Strategy Ambassador
  • Mike Burdon, President Royal College of Ophthalmologists

15.30: Networking reception and conference close