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Monday, 12 November 2018
Jim Barlow

Jim talks about the importance of being a volunteer for RNIB

During my NHS working life, I was fortunate to be involved in developing eye care services. When I retired, I applied to be a volunteer and chaired a prevention board to improve the uptake of eye tests. I also facilitated a review of eye care conditions and I currently represent RNIB in NHS England’s specialised commission of new eye care treatments. I have glaucoma and experience the excellent NHS care at a local hospital. It’s a privilege to be given the opportunity to contribute to the development of eye health services. During the review of services, I met and listened to many people with challenging eye conditions; their views on how to improve services are inspirational. Volunteering for RNIB is a responsibility. I believe that whatever a volunteer does contributes to making a positive difference to an individual or service.

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