Wales Vision Strategy Successes

Post date: 
Tuesday, 12 May 2015
Category: 
Wales
Photograph of Ceri Jackson, Lesley-Anne Alexander, and Sandy Mewies
A reception to celebrate the successes of the first year of the Wales Vision Strategy Implementation Plan 2014-18, was held today, Tuesday 12 May 2015 at the Senedd. 
 
The Wales Vision Strategy Implementation Plan focuses on three outcome areas which include:
  • everyone in Wales looks after their eyes and sight
  • everyone with an eye condition receives timely treatment and early and appropriate services and support are available should sight loss occur 
  • help facilitate a society in which people with sight loss can fully participate. 
 

Key achievements

The Welsh Government Eye Health Care Delivery Plan is now in its second year of implementation. The first public health campaign to increase awareness of eye health took place in April 2015 focusing on acute eyecare.
 
Wales Council of the Blind worked with partners to build a portal to help blind and partially sighted people find out about all the services which are available to them across Wales.
 
The Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) Service supported 4,000 patients across Wales. A study highlighted that for every £1 investment in the ECLO service, there is a net return of £10.57 to health and social care budgets.
RNIB Cymru’s new partnership project supported by the Big Lottery was launched on 12 February 2015, the services has already supported 300 people with sensory loss.
 
Ceri Jackson, Chair of the Wales Vision Strategy Implementation Group and Director of RNIB Cymru, Lesley-Anne Alexander, Chair of the UK Vision Strategy Implementation Group and CEO of RNIB, were joined by Deputy Minister for Health Vaughan Gething at this reception event to celebrate the successes, and ongoing work of the Vision Strategy. 
 
Ceri Jackson, Director of RNIB Cymru, said: “I’m delighted with the progress we have made in Wales this year, working in partnership enables us to support more people, share resources and expertise. 
I would like to thank our partners for their support in developing our objectives for 2015/16, and we will continue to focus on the three main outcomes with an increased emphasis on accessibility and inclusive environments. 
 
This reception celebrates some of the innovative work which has been delivered by partners over the past year, and sets out the targets for the year ahead. The objectives are ambitious, and we know there will be challenges to overcome, but the joined up working across government, partners and professionals has shown that we can achieve real change.”
 
Deputy Minister for Health, Vaughan Gething, said: "This event provides an opportunity to recognise the skill and dedication of all the professionals in Wales - including optometrists, ophthalmologists, orthoptists, dispensing opticians, social care, rehabilitation officers and our third sector partners. 
 
"It also provides an opportunity to build on our knowledge of eye care services, to share our experience with other colleagues and to learn more about future developments and services in Wales.
 
"I would like to thank all key stakeholders both for the work they do in providing services and support to people, but also for their contributions to the development of the Wales Vision Strategy Implementation Plan which I am confident will build on progress to date, to ensure delivery of high quality services, care and support for people across Wales."
 
For more information on the UK Vision Strategy and the Wales Vision Strategy, please visit the website: