NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group held a launch event on Thursday 12th July which also celebrated the 70th birthday of the NHS.

The event was attended by 250 guests, including Thomas Pocklington Trust Head of Engagement Andy Billingham, Birmingham Sight Loss Council Chair Josh Feehan and Sight Loss Council member Mark Sanders.

Mark was presented with an Award of Patient Recognition for his continuing support and involvement in CCG meetings, and for his instrumental role in the development of a minor eye conditions service.

Mark commented: “I am really proud to be giving back to the NHS. Leveraging community opticians to deliver routine eye health services should free up eye clinic time to help ensure critical work happens in a timelier manner.

“I urge any blind or partially sighted person to get involved to help improve services. Watch out for a Sight Loss Council coming your way soon.”

Josh commented: “It’s fantastic to see Mark’s hard work recognised by the NHS. It’s great when blind and partially sighted people get involved in shaping services across the region. We will continue to work closely with the NHS on ongoing projects.”

The Sight Loss Council has also been instrumental in the development of the My Health Care App, ensuring it is accessible for blind and partially sighted people.