In England the leading eye health and sight loss organisations are working together to deliver a plan for change called the England Vision Strategy. The England Vision Strategy action plan was launched in June 2015 following extensive feedback from stakeholders. The plan identifies six priorities, which were updated in early 2018, as the key building blocks for change.
The six key priorities of the England Vision Strategy are:
- Prevention: To improve eye health and prevent sight loss across England within diverse groups and the wider population.
- Commissioning: To promote effective commissioning strategies across health and social care supporting an integrated and person-centred pathway.
- Services: Adults, children, young people and their families have access to the right services, advice and support when eye health and sight loss problems arise.
- Independence: Adults, children and young people can learn, relearn or retain key life skills on a continuing basis as driven by their needs with access to appropriate professional support, aids and adaptations including technology.
- Self-determination: To develop and enable face to face and online peer support opportunities and self-help and self-advocacy resources to empower adults, children, young people and their families to achieve their aspirations.
- Inclusion: To promote inclusive environments and equality of opportunity to enable blind and partially sighted people to fully participate, contribute and live independently.