Over 18 months ago, following a presentation to Manchester City Council’s Health Overview & Scrutiny Committee, RNIB, alongside Action for Blind People, met with the Sensory Team Manager and the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) lead, to discuss inclusion of a sight loss chapter in Manchester’s JSNA.
So began a process of ensuring all those with responsibility for delivering services locally sat round the table, alongside ourselves and Action for Blind People, to develop a sight loss chapter.
Each local authority in England must produce a JSNA, setting out the current and future health and wellbeing needs of the local population so that commissioners can allocate money where services are needed. With eye health this means ensuring the necessary services are available to support people who lose or have lost their sight, as well as services to prevent unnecessary sight loss.
At the beginning of August, a final draft for inclusion in the JSNA was signed off by the Council’s Health Overview & Scrutiny Committee.
This is fantastic news! The Director of Public Health described it as a “gold standard” JSNA with local partners such as Optometrists promising to look at the implementation of recommendations contained in the sight loss JSNA. We will continue to follow progress to ensure recommendations are implemented. This is a great example of RNIB and Action for Blind People working together with local partners to effectively influence service design and delivery.Tags Campaigning, Save our sight, North west
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