This 3 day meeting allows delegates to update their knowledge and understanding of a wide range of topics relevant to general practice.
- Date and time Wed 9 Oct 2019 from 8:30am to 7:00pm
- Location Royal Society of Medicine
- Organised by General Practice with Primary Healthcare, Vision UK, Ophthalmology, Digital Health
This multidisciplinary conference will bring together health care professionals and vision experts to discuss, engage and create positive strategies for the vision sector. The conference will encompass interactive workshops with tangible takeaways, present new research and updates for all involved in eye health and associated care.
This is a joint conference between the RSM GP with Primary Health Care Section, Vision UK and in association with the RSM Ophthalmology Section and Digital Health Section.
The national conference will be themed around the four strategic aims of Vision UK:
- Evidence and statistics
- Research, cures and treatments
- Services, support and care
- Public perception of sight loss
The conference has been created to allow different professions to pick and choose from a wide spectrum of lectures and interactive workshops which run concurrently but still have the opportunity for all delegates to meet and discuss key issues and how they can work together to achieve better outcomes. This conference is very interactive in its learning objectives.
Speakers will be from a range of organisations and specialities with plenty of time for constructive interaction, question and answer sessions and networking.
All are welcome to attend this conference from medical and optical professionals, social care workers to eye health and sight loss charities.
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*Please be aware that AHP (Allied Health Professionals) include all individuals from Vision UK members and registered charities.
The RSM is able to accommodate:
- Sighted guides are free to attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
- Guide dogs
- BSL interpreters
- Specific accessibility requirements
Vision UK is delighted to invite nominations for their four new thematic award and the Astbury Award, named for former VISION 2020 UK Chair and inaugural recipient Nick Astbury. Vision UK’s new thematic awards will be awarded in recognition of work that is centred around their four strategic priorities: Evidence and statistics, research, cures and treatments, services, support and care, public perception of sight loss and The Astbury Award. For more information on the assessment and background of these awards please click here.
Deadline: Friday 20 September 2019
Submit a completed nomination form via email to email@example.com.
Vision UK will present this annual award to either a nominated or self-nominated individual or team working within the vision, eye health and sight loss community who can demonstrate a project, in research or improved methodology and practice in assisting in the cause of reducing sight loss in the community, that has made a significant improvement in the sector. The Award Shield is provided annually by David Burt OBE past Chairman of the General Optical Council, to be kept for one year by the awardee along with a certificate.
Deadline: Friday 20 September 2019
Submissions should be sent via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the email title ‘David Burt award submission’.
For more information on sponsorship options for this event please click here.
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The role of medical research in developing cures and treatments to prevent sight loss
Chaired by Michele Acton, Chief Executive Officer, Royal Society of Medicine and Richard Wormald, Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
10:25 am What is the present position of research in the prevention of sight loss what are the issues and opportunities - Neil Ebenezer, Director of Research Policy and Innovation, Fight for Sight
10:35 am What innovations have been achieved and which are in the pipeline - Tina Houlihan, Chief Executive, Retina UK
10:45 Triple A Collaboration how to aim high to cure age-related macular degeneration (AMD). What are the prospects for a cure? - Dr Wen Hwa Lee, Chief Executive Officer, Action against AMD
10:55 am Question and answer session
Discussing the variety of services and support for those at risk of or experiencing sight loss. How do we achieve quality outcomes, service efficiencies while providing a good patient experience?
Chaired by Matt Broom, Vision UK and Louise Calland, Novartis and Industry Vision Group
10:25 am Hospital services and clinical capacity, the issues for ophthalmologists and service users- Mike Burdon, President, The Royal College of Ophthalmologists
10:35 am Sensory services in local authorities - integration and pathways to support and care - Simon Labbett, Chair, Rehabilitation Workers Professional Network
10:45 am Mental health and sight loss - the taboo of mental health and breaking new ground to support service users - Amanda Hawkins, Specialist Lead for Counselling and Emotional Support, Royal National Institute of Blind People
10:55 am Question and answer session
Eye health and co-morbidities. People with learning disabilities, stroke survivors, people with diabetes and many more experience higher levels of sight loss. How should we address this?
Chaired by Dr Renata Gomes, Blind Veterans UK
Dementia and sight loss in the ophthalmology clinic - Paul Ursell, Consultant Ophthalmologist and representative for The Royal College of Ophthalmologists to the European Union Medical Speciality Council
Learning disabilities and sight loss what are the issues and opportunities -Lisa Donaldson, Clinical Lead, SeeAbility
Prevalence of Visual Impairment in Dementia (PrOVIDe) the prevalence of dementia and sight loss and the role of optometry - Michael Bowen, Director of Research, The College of Optometrists
Training professionals about sight loss and complex needs - June Neil, Training and Development Manager (Older People Complex Needs), Royal National Institute of Blind People Scotland
The Alzheimer’s society perspective understanding complex needs in dementia - Gemma Jolly, Knowledge Manager, Alzheimer’s Society
How can I help as a professional? From high street to hospital to social care. Looking at pathways and models of providing information, the evidence of what works and what are the barriers for professionals
Chaired by Jenny Pearce, Trustee, Vision UK
The role and opportunities for eye clinic liaison officer’s (ECLO's) in supporting people with sight loss - Ceri Hudson, Eye Clinic Liaison Officer, Musgrove Park Hospital
Issues of interdisciplinary communication - Jayshree Vasani, Dispensing Optician, London Local Lead, Association of British Dispensing Opticians, Continuing Education and Training Facilitator, Visualise Training and Consultancy, Local Optical Committee Support Unit
How can ophthalmologists support patients in the clinic and beyond? - Dr Waqaar Shah, Clinical Champion for Eye Health, Royal College of General Practitioners
What is the role of the third sector in provision of services, signposting and support? - Jamie Dormandy, Head of Advice and Customer Service, Royal National Institute of Blind People
12:50 Question and answer session
How we join up the eye health and sight loss pathway in the four nations covering health, social care and the voluntary sector. Integration and filling the gaps between services
Chaired by Phil Ambler, Director of Evidence and Policy, Thomas Pocklington Trust
12:15 pm Similarities and differences between the countries of the UK and the different approaches to same needs for support - James Adams, Director, Royal National Institute of Blind People
12:25 pm Partial devolution in Wales/Cymru, opportunities and issues - Ansley Workman, Director, Royal National Institute of Blind People Cymru
12:35 pm Political policy and promise, sight loss and support in Scotland - Richard Baker, Policy Manager, Royal Blind and Scottish War Blinded
12:45 pm The role of the third sector and collaboration across borders - Niall Foley, Engagement Manager, Guide Dogs Scotland
12:55 pm Question and answer session
What are the current priorities in children’s eye health across the UK. Is vision screening the only game in town?
Chaired by Mary Bairstow, National Development Manager, Vision UK
Professor Anna Horwood, Research Director, British and Irish Orthoptic Society
Professor Bruce Evans, Director of Research, Institute of Optometry, visiting Professor, University of London and London South Bank University
Discussion of the different commissioning and delivery models for primary eye care across the UK
Chaired by Richard Whittington, Chief Operating Officer, Local Optical Committee Support Unit and Chair, England Vision Strategy
12:15 pm The priorities in Northern Ireland, how does Northern Ireland compare to the rest of the UK? - Raymond Curran, Head of Ophthalmic Services, Health and Social Care Board Northern Ireland
12:25 pm Can we view England as a single entity with diverse commissioning and priorities in different regions (sustainability and transformation partnerships, clinical commissioning groups, international citizen service etc.) - Zoe Richmond, Optical Team Lead, Local Optical Committee Support Unit England
12:35 pm How has Wales taken on the issues of eye health and care with partial devolution? - Sali Davis, Chief Executive, Optometry Wales
12:45 pm With the gradual and increasing devolution of Scotland how has the country taken up the challenge of eye health and care - Hal Rollason, Chair, Federation of (Ophthalmic and Dispensing) Opticians (FODO) Scotland
12:55 pm Question and answer session
How we can best use evidence and statistics to reduce prevalence of sight loss and improve patient outcomes. What are the issues and opportunities around presently available statistics and the way they are used?
Chaired by Dr David Parkins, Vice Chair, Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning and Past-President, The College of Optometrists and Catey Bunce, Reader in Medical Statistics, King’s College London
2:20 pm The United Kingdom national eye health and hearing survey, why is a survey necessary, what difference can it make? - Professor Rupert Bourne, Professor of Ophthalmology, Anglia Ruskin University
2:35 pm Using statistics as public health indicators, portfolio of indicators, system and assurance framework for eye-health (SAFE). Providing useful, usable information to commissioners - Parul Desai, Chair, Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning
2:50 pm Statistics around children and young people, how they can be used to ensure support for children, young people, parents and carers - Sue Keil, Research Lead and Executive Committee member, VIEW
3:05 pm Question and answer session
How do we raise the importance of eye health with the general public? How do we challenge public perceptions around sight loss?
How do we influence policy makers?
Reaching the hard to reach, making a difference
Messaging, what works
Work to agree 3 public perceptions/campaigns we can all take forwards
Chaired by Lee Kumutat, BBC
Harjit Sandhu, Chief Executive Officer, The Federation of (Ophthalmic and Dispensing) Opticians
David Cartwright, Chair, National Eye Health Week
Bob Hutchinson, former Chair, Eyecare Information service, Funding Chairman, Publisher of Mylocaloptician.co.uk
Steph Cutler, Head of Employment, Thomas Pocklington Trust
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