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Wales Vision Strategy Implementation Plan 2014-2018

The Wales Vision Strategy Implementation Plan sets out how the three priorities within the UK Vision Strategy will be delivered in Wales. It has been produced by the Wales Vision Strategy Implementation Group, which is made up of representatives from the public, private and third sector with an interest in eye health and sight loss.

The Implementation Plan for 2014-2018 is available to download at the bottom of this page. 

Key successes in 2014/15 and priorities for 2015/16

Since the launch of the Implementation Plan there has been considerable progress in both improving eye health and meeting the needs of blind and partially sighted people in Wales.  

  • The Welsh Government Eye Health Care Delivery Plan is now in its second year of implementation. One of the key objectives of the plan is to run a series of national, week long, eye health campaigns for the general public and at risk groups. The first campaign was launched in mid April 2015 and focused on acute eyecare.
  • The expansion of the Eye Clinic Liaison Service (offering emotional support and practical help to people at the point of diagnosis) across the whole of Wales. A study commissioned by RNIB Cymru found that for every £1 investment in the ECLO service, there is a return of £10.57 to social care budgets; demonstrating the value of the service to the individual, the local health board and wider society.
  • On 15 January 2015, Welsh Transport Minister Edwina Hart launched the guide "Get on Board" to improve bus travel in Wales for people with sight loss.
Whilst much progress has been made in Wales there is an ever increasing need for partners to continue to work together to reduce the level of sight loss, improve eye health and to provide timely support to ensure society is fully inclusive for people who are blind or partially sighted.

The Wales Vision Strategy Implementation Group have produced a document that highlights some of the innovative work that has been delivered by partners; highlighting the key successes that have been achieved in 2014/15 and the priorities that are to be taken forward for 2015/16. This document was launched at the Wales Vision Strategy reception event on Tuesday 12 May 2015 at the Senedd. 

The Wales Vision Strategy Implementation Plan key achievements in 2014/15 and priorities for 2015/16 can be downlaoded at the bottom of this page.

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 Wales Vision Strategy Implementation Group. 
 
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."
 
Mr Gething said: "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."
 

Wales Vision Strategy Implementation Plan 2014-2018 PDF

Wales Vision Strategy Implementation Plan 2014-2018 PDF

Wales Vision Strategy Implementation Plan 2014-2018

Wales Vision Strategy Implementation Plan 2014-2018

Key Successes in 2014/15 and Priorities for 2015/16 - English Version

Key Successes in 2014/15 and Priorities for 2015/16 - English Version

Key Successes in 2014/15 and Priorities for 2015/16 - Welsh Version

Key Successes in 2014/15 and Priorities for 2015/16 - Welsh Version