Prime Minister backs launch of refreshed UK Vision Strategy

12 June 2013

Prime Minister, David Cameron, has today backed the launch of the UK Vision Strategy 2013 - 2018, a framework for change to improve eye health in the UK and support for people with sight loss. The Strategy will be launched today (11 June) at the Vision UK 2013 conference in Westminster, London.
 
Following a consultation in 2012, the Strategy sets out three priority outcomes for the next five years: 
  • Everyone in the UK looks after their eyes and their sight
  • Everyone with an eye condition receives timely treatment and, if permanent sight loss occurs, early and appropriate services and support are available and accessible to all
  • A society in which people with sight loss can fully participate
Mr Cameron who supports the aims of the Strategy said: "Any loss or impairment of vision can reduce a person’s quality of life substantially and demands for eye care services will increase as people live longer. 
 
"This presents a challenge for the health and social care system which can only be overcome by improving the coordination, integration and effectiveness of eye health and care services across the UK.
 
"The Strategy is supported by organisations across the eye health and sight loss sector who work together to deliver the Strategy. This partnership working has led to many successes since the Strategy launched in 2008."
 
Mr Cameron continues: "This collaborative approach has to be the way to improve services and support for people with vision problems. I am therefore pleased to welcome the aims of the UK Vision Strategy."
 
Anita Lightstone, Programme Director for UK Vision Strategy said: "We are delighted to have the support of the Prime Minister. By health and social care professionals working together in an integrated way we can ensure sight loss is avoided where possible and blind and partially sighted people get the support they need to play a full part in society."
 
For more information about the UK Vision Strategy go to: www.vision2020uk.org.uk/ukvisionstrategy
 
 
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For more information or spokespeople please contact Catherine Reisima, UK Vision Strategy Communications Officer on 0207 874 1364 or catherine.reisima@rnib.org.uk  or Katherine Huntly, UK Vision Strategy Communications Manager on 0207 391 2177 or Katherine.huntly@rnib.org.uk
 
 
Note to Editors:
  • The UK Vision Strategy is a cross-sector initiative, uniting all those in the UK who want to take action on issues relating to vision and sight loss. The strategy is a VISION 2020 UK initiative led by Royal National Institute of Blind People. 
  • The UK Vision Strategy was originally launched in 2008 in response to the World Health Assembly Resolution of 2003 which urged the development and implementation of plans to tackle vision impairment, now known as VISION 2020 plans.  
  • The UK Vision Strategy was originally developed following a comprehensive consultation process with over 650 organisations and individuals and sets a strategic framework for improvement to the UK’s eye health and outcomes for people with sight loss.
  • Five years after the launch of the UK Vision Strategy, the aims were reviewed in 2012 to ensure the Strategy’s ongoing relevance.
  • Three strategic outcome areas are identified in the 2013 - 2018 Strategy. They are as follows:
      1. Everyone in the UK looks after their eyes and their sight
      2. Everyone with an eye condition receives timely treatment and, if permanent sight loss occurs, early and appropriate services and support are available and accessible to all 
      3. A society in which people with sight loss can fully participate
  • To download the Strategy use the following link: http://tinyurl.com/ojy4ncd  
  • The UK Vision Strategy will be launched today (11June) at the Vision UK 2013 conference.
  • Vision UK 2013 is the only conference in the UK which offers the unique opportunity to engage with people from the eye health and sight loss sector and across the UK.
  • Full details of the UK Vision Strategy's aims and achievements can be found on www.vision2020uk.org.uk/ukvisionstrategy
  • The number of people in the UK with sight loss is set to increase dramatically. It is predicted that by 2050 the number of people with sight loss in the UK will double to nearly four million. Source: Access Economics, 2009
 
 

 

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