3 October 2016
Source: The Optical Confederation
High street optical practices can deliver preventative health for patients, especially for those who do not often visit a GP, as highlighted by a new guide for local authorities, jointly produced by the Optical Confederation, Local Optical Committee Support Unit and the Local Government Association.
Read more Optical practices should be high street health hubs
26 September 2016
Source: The Optical Confederation
The Optical Confederation (OC), in conjunction with the NHS Confederation, Local Government Association (LGA) and the Health Foundation, is hosting fringe events at the upcoming Labour and Conservative party conferences.
Read more Reducing pressure on hospitals: Lessons from the frontline of community health
21 September 2016
NHS patients in England face waiting up to 15 months for desperately needed cataract treatment, a new RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) report has revealed.
Read more NHS cataract treatment waiting times force patients to live with sight loss
2 August 2016
By 31 July 2016 all providers of NHS and publicly funded adult social care services must have fully implemented NHS England’s Accessible Information Standard. Its aim is to make sure that disabled people have access to information that they understand and communication support they need.
Read more SeeAbility’s free easy read resources support eye care services compliance with new NHS Accessible Information Standard
31 July 2016
Source: VISION 2020 UK
Presentations from the: VISION 2020 UK, Health Education England in the West Midlands, NHS England West Midlands Local Eye Health Network and Sight Village, Dementia and Sight Loss day at Sight Village Birmingham on Tuesday 19th July are attached below:
Read more Presentations from the VISION 2020 UK Dementia and Sight Loss Day
26 July 2016
Source: Action for Blind People
A new service providing emotional and practical support to people who have just found out they’re losing their sight has been set up by sight loss charity Action for Blind People, in partnership with Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.
Read more Blind and partially sighted people at St Thomas’ Hospital offered specialist support at point of diagnosis
14 July 2016
Source: The Optical Confederation and SeeAbility
Eye health experts have called for a national scheme of longer, tailored sight tests for people with learning disabilities who are more likely to suffer problems or need glasses.
Read more Sight campaigners demand urgent overhaul of services for people with learning disabilities
7 July 2016
Source: The Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning
Warnings that hospital initiated delays and cancelled follow up appointments are at crisis point, putting patients’ sight at risk, have led to a new cross-sector initiative to release pressure off the hospital eye services by treating more people in the community.
Read more CCEHC: Eye health sector intervenes to stop patients losing sight
5 July 2016
In a report launched in parliament national disability charity SeeAbility will say NHS England’s national sight testing and funding system is letting down the one million people with learning disabilities in England.
Read more Call for new national programme of free sight tests for all people with learning disabilities
15 June 2016
Commissioners must help “radically redesign” eye health services for the benefit of patients, the first-ever NHS eye health summit was told last week.
Read more CCGs urged to tackle backlogs at eye health summit