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.

Zoe Bates, a member of the Birmingham Sight Loss Council who shared her story, told the conference: “By improving the processes of early detection, commissioning, certification, rehabilitation and improving access to ECLO (Eye Clinic Liaison Officer) and support groups, visually impaired people will be in a much happier place.”

Peter Corbett, Co-Chair of the EVS, commented: “It was great to have such a wide range of people, including local sight loss society members from all over the country and lots of local eye health network chairs. We’ve set ourselves a huge challenge of building a network to connect all people living with and at risk of sight loss with the services they need but we’re making progress and there is a clear desire for greater collaboration among the sector.”

Fazilet Hadi, Chair of the UK Vision Strategy Leadership Group, commented: “The EVS conference showed how much energy and commitment there is across England for promoting eye health and improving support for people experiencing sight loss. The UK Vision Strategy has given us a shared agenda for change and I’m confident that the steps we’re taking to make the Strategy and its delivery even stronger will better enable us to achieve our goals.”

 

For more information contact:

The EVS team at evs@pocklington-trust.org.uk