Have Your Say In Local Vision Plans on 21st July 2010 in Colchester

Local residents are invited to attend an event on the 21 July 2010 in Colchester to have their say on local vision plans designed to improve future eye health and reduce avoidable sight loss.

NHS South East Essex is one of a number of partners involved in a pilot scheme to develop a collaborative local vision strategy. The event represents a unique opportunity for local organisations and patients across Essex to join up services, pool resources, and develop innovative local ideas for vision-related services that reflect local need.

Ian Stidston, Interim Director of Primary and Community Care NHS South East Essex, said: “This is a great opportunity for members of the public to be more involved in how future vision-related services will operate and how current services could be improved.”

Residents interested in attending should call Carol Barnes: 01702 226662 for more information. The event takes place at  NHS North East Essex, Turner Road, Colchester, Essex, CO4 5JR.

The vision partnership pilot is part of the EPIC (Engagement, Partnership, Information, Communication) Project which is a project funded by the Department of Health to support local partnership working to develop and implement local eye health and sight loss support strategies. The project will initially run for three years, until March 2012.

Essex will be one of the pilot sites that will develop local vision strategies as part of the project with North East Essex being the host PCT.

EPIC Project supports the implementation of the UK Vision Strategy, whose aims are to:

  • Improve the eye health of the people of the UK
  • Eliminate avoidable sight loss and deliver excellent support to those with a visual impairment

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