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Eyecare UK discusses strategic plan for optics

15 Jun 2007

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Press release about E-UK Strategic Planning Day – 6th June 2007


Following their last meeting in December, members of Eyecare UK (E-UK) met on 6th June to start work on the development of a high level strategic plan for the eye care sector, which will be supported by the individual strategic plans of the optical bodies. The meeting was facilitated by management guru and writer Richard Wyatt-Haines, whose company Performance Insight has worked with major plcs in the UK to challenge and energise businesses.

Eyecare-UK members agreed that the optical sector should work together, and with wider partners, to

  • educate the public about eye health and eye care 
  • shape and change the future of community-based eye care provision; 
  • ensure appropriate remuneration for NHS care 
  • ensure and support the skilled workforce 
  • ensure appropriate and proportionate regulation.

The Chief Executives of the optical bodies will now consider at their regular monthly meetings how best to take each of these themes forward building on work already under way. The bodies are already working with Vision 2020 on the UK Vision Strategy which came out of a recent conference convened by the RNIB, and the EC-UK planning day has helped to develop the optical bodies’ thinking on the important role that the optical sector plays in promoting eye health and maximising good sight for all in the UK, as well as in the prevention of avoidable blindness.

E-UK’s Chairman, Nick Parker, said after the meeting: “This was an exhilarating day of debate and I was impressed by the willingness of the optical bodies to work together in the common interest and for the good of the public. We now have a clearer sense of priorities on which we can all work and bring our varied skills to bear to maximise the chances of success for the sector and for the patients we serve”.

Notes to Editors:

The remit of E-UK is to bring together the leaders of the professions and the industry in the optical sector, to agree and act on common strategies.

The Chairmen/Presidents and Chief Executives of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians, the Association of Optometrists, the College of Optometrists, the Federation of Ophthalmic and Dispensing Opticians and the General Optical Council attended the meeting.

Vision 2020 is a global initiative, supported by the World Health Organisation, which aims to eliminate preventable blindness by the year 2020. Vision 2020 UK is chaired by Stephen Remington, Chief Executive of Action for Blind People, and supported by all of the optical bodies.


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