More than 160 delegates packed out Friends House in London for NB’s first ever conference for eye health and sight loss professionals.
NB Live 2014 aimed at uniting the two sectors was chaired by BBC Radio 4’s Chief Political Correspondent Gary O’Donoghue. He told delegates: “This conference is about getting the sight loss and eye care sectors working better together, because they’ve not always been as joined up in the past as could be desired.”
Keynote speaker, Dr Kamlesh Chauhan, immediate past president of The College of Optometrists identified some of the challenges that needed to be addressed to ensure cohesive working.
These included ensuring that those with sight loss receive proper support and designing services that reflect the needs of patients.
NB Editor, Olufunmi Majekodunmi hailed the event a success: “This was our first conference and it was great to see so many people attend. From talking to delegates it was clear to see that this conference was essential for the two sectors.
Professionals got to meet their peers, discuss key issues, share great best practice and hear some great speakers. Hopefully, delegates will take this knowledge back to their office and share it with their colleagues to further improve the way they work.”
Delegates who consisted of optometrists, eye clinic liaison officers and rehab workers praised the conference.
Martin Kearney, rehabilitation worker, Newcastle City Council, said: “I read NB all the time so I was intrigued to see what today would be about. It’s interesting to see and hear how other people work.”
“Events like this give specific training and keep my skills and knowledge updated. It’s a really good chance to meet colleagues in the industry and to share best practice,” added Henry Bufford, rehabilitation worker, Southwark Council.