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> 15/03/12 | UK Vision Strategy to receive share of 6.8 million to benefit patients

UK Vision Strategy programme team is to get up to 230,000 to test and develop innovative approaches to improve health and wellbeing, Care Services Minister Paul Burstow announced.
Voluntary sector organisations submitted funding bids to the Department of Health setting out how they could help their communities by improving care for thousands of vulnerable people.

The UK Vision Strategy will use this funding to support three clinical commissioning groups in England to design and evaluate eye care and sight loss services. This process will be supported by cross-sector guidance produced by the UK Vision Strategy partnership 

The findings from these pilot areas will be evaluated and shared with clinical commissioning groups across England and will inform the further development of the UK Vision Strategy led commissioning guidance.

To celebrate this grant funding, Care Services Minister Paul Burstow held a round table with members of voluntary sector organisations including the Royal National Institute of Blind People, Cool2Care and the Council for Disabled Children. 

Paul Burstow said:

"This new funding will improve the lives of thousands of people across England, helping them to lead healthier and more independent lives. It is crucial that we continue to champion our voluntary organisations, because their expertise allows them to design and develop innovative solutions to the big challenges we face in health, public health and social care.

These exciting projects are more than worthy of our support and I am delighted that the money will be spent on providing individuals and local communities with the tools to tackle health and wellbeing."

Anita Lightstone, Programme Director of UK Vision Strategy said:

"We are delighted to receive this funding boost from the Government . It will enable us to put our commissioning eye care guidance into action by supporting clinical commissioners to design and deliver effective eye care and sight loss services.

It is predicted that by 2050 the number of people with sight loss in the UK will double so it is absolutely vital that the NHS prepares now to meet this escalating need."