Ophthalmic Nursing Forum

Welcome to the RCN Ophthalmic Nursing Forum from the Chair - Mary Shaw 

Mary Shaw, Chair of the Ophthalmic Nursing Forum

Dear Forum Member,

The year seems to be passing very quickly and we are now well into what is turning out to be a good summer.

Your steering committee members have been busy representing you and ophthalmic nursing during the last few months. We had two voting places at congress this year and used them well between Monday and Wednesday to vote for or against various motions. In addition, we had a fringe event, Sight Matters, targeting non-ophthalmic nurses and AHPs to encourage them to take into account their patients vision needs when planning and implementing care. The session was well received and was picked up by the RCN press. Regrettably though, we had fewer attendees that we would have liked.

Committee and forum members have been providing input into NICE scoping exercises and consultations. It takes time and commitment to do this work so thanks to all involved. If you are interested in becoming involved in this work, please contact me (mary.e.shaw@manchester.ac.uk) for more information on what the work entails.

Vision 2020, Public Health and other national strategic groups have been attended by committee or forum members. This is important work to be involved with, as it ensures that the nursing voice is heard in advocating for the ophthalmic patient.

Your committee is planning events for 2015, and more detail will be provided later as the details emerge.

We are looking for three new members for the committee to replace Sandy and Helen who are stepping down after serving two terms of office on the forum committee. Applications are now open for these positions, and Information about all RCN vacancies can be found at www.rcn.org.uk/appointments If you would like to discuss what being a member of the committee entails, then please contact me. Applications close on 29 August 2014.

Finally, I would like to draw to your attention the national consultation on ‘Improving eye health and reducing sight loss- A ‘Call to Action’’.

The following link should take you to the relevant pages where you can read about this initiative and then complete the questionnaire- www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/qual-clin-lead/calltoaction/eye-cta/

I consider it the duty of every ophthalmic nurse to be involved in this very important issue, so please, take time to read and respond to the consultation, which closes on 12 September 2014.

May I take this opportunity to thank you for your support and continued membership of the forum.

Best wishes

Mary Shaw
Chair, RCN Ophthalmic Nursing Forum

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