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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.

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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