Ophthalmic Nursing Forum
2015 Forum Conference
The RCN Ophthalmic Nursing Forum Conference, Seeing is Believing, took place at RCN HQ on 02/03 October 2015. It was a resounding success with 85 delegates and presenters attending. The programme covered many relevant topics including dementia, AMD services, glaucoma, revalidation and an overview of ophthalmic nursing history. We also had talks about the work of Fight for Sight and of Vision 2020.
The committee would like to thank the exhibitors RNIB and Nicox for their support.
We have begun planning for the 2016 event with provisional dates of 30 September and 01 October, so keep these dates in mind and look out for the call for abstracts.
New forum committee members
The process for applying to join the RCN forum committees has now closed. We will shortly be interviewing for new members who will join our committee in January 2016, just in time for our annual strategic planning meeting on Monday 18 January. Remember, if you’re not a member of the RCN Ophthalmic Forum then why not join us? The number of first choice members in our forum directly affects the number of votes we can cast at RCN Congress. You can join as many RCN forums as you wish, for free, by visiting www.rcn.org.uk/myrcn
Don't forget, we’re always keen to hear from our members so why not contact with us via our meet the team page.
Wear dots…raise lots
October 2015 sees the start of the RNIB campaign Wear dots…raise lots which is encouraging people to wear dots on their clothing and aims to open up the world of reading for blind and partially sighted people. For more information on the campaign and to receive your free fundraising pack, visit the RNIB campaign page.
Committee member Juliat Burns recently spent time speaking to people with sight loss and finding out their tips for eating out in restaurants. You can read all about it in this news item.
Finally, we'd like to wish the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital well for their event on 21st October 2015 which is building on from their 200th birthday.
Chair of the RCN Ophthalmic Nursing Forum
2015 strategy meeting
Each year, RCN forums hold a strategic planning meeting. The notes for this forum are now available to read and can be accessed below:
- Glaucoma clinic pilot results indicate benefits of taking an optometrist-led approach
- Blind Veterans UK calls for health professionals to signpost blind and vision impaired ex-Service men and women to its free services
- New RNIB funded study exploring the role of Eye Clinic Liaison Officers (ECLOs)
- Tips for eating with sight loss
- Sight loss in older people: the essential guide for general practice