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  • We’re recruiting!!

    We’re looking for a new colleague to become our Graphic Designer

    When?                     Permanent, part-time 14 hours/week (may be worked flexibly by agreement)

    Where?                   IGA head office, Ashford, Kent

    What?                     We’re looking for an energetic and creative individual to join our team and help us to:

    • create and deliver print-ready and digital artwork across all our areas of work
    • Help us raise the brand profile
    • Translate our brand across our different outputs for our diverse audiences

    How do I apply?          Download a job pack and application form click here

    Closing date Wednesday 27 November 2019

    Interviews to be held on Tuesday 3 December 2019

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  • Subhash Suthar, Development Manager at the IGA, wins new David Burt OBE Award 2019

    Our colleague Subhash Suthar, and his contribution to the sight loss community, was recognised on 9 October 2019 when he became the first recipient of the new David Burt OBE Award 2019 at the Vision UK awards.

    The David Burt OBE award is given to an individual or team working within the vision, eye health and sight loss community who can demonstrate a project, in research or improved methodology and practise in assisting in the cause of reducing sight loss in the community, that has made a significant improvement in the sector.

    Hosted at the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM), Subhash was presented with a striking bespoke sculpture crafted specially to mark the occasion by David Burt OBE.

    The award was given in recognition to Subhash’s work with the International Glaucoma Association (IGA) to reach and provide services to BME communities to assist in reducing sight loss.

    Muslims in the UK who are affected by glaucoma or suspected intra-ocular pressures may stop using their eye drops during the holy month of Ramadan when fasting. Subhash identified this potential risk to the eye health of this community and played an integral role in driving the IGA to develop a campaign to raise awareness and give information to those who might be affected. The campaign engaged the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), ophthalmologists and a large portion of the population to deliver a clear message that Muslims could continue taking eye drops either side of fasting each day and could also learn to instil them whilst practicing punctal occlusion, thus keeping the drops within the eye.

    This project is just one of many that comprise Subhash’s extraordinary contributions towards discouraging preventable glaucoma sight loss in his role at the IGA, for which we are delighted he has been recognised.

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  • Study finds sight is most valuable sense to UK public

    A new study has revealed that the UK public think sight is the most valuable sense.

    Researchers from the Crabb Lab at City, University of London surveyed a cross-section of 250 adults from the UK and asked them to rank how highly they valued each of eight human senses relative to the others.

    Published in JAMA Ophthalmology, the new study found that respondents ranked sight as their most valuable sense and hearing as the second. Perhaps more surprisingly, respondents rated balance as the third most valuable sense, above more ‘traditional’ senses such as touch, taste and smell, as fourth, fifth and sixth, followed by pain and finally their sense of temperature.

    David Crabb, professor of vision and statistics at City, University of London and director of the Crabb Lab, said: “It’s so important to understand what the public and patients’ perceptions and fears may be when it comes to the loss of the senses, as this should inform how health professionals triage and support them when loss occurs.  While sensory loss can be devastating, it’s important to educate the public on how they might cope and adapt.”

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  • IGA and RCOphth £100,000 Ophthalmology research grant

    International Glaucoma Association (IGA) and The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) announce prestigious £100,000 Ophthalmology research grant


    There are 700,000 people in the UK living with glaucoma, an eye disease that without treatment typically causes loss of vision.  Over the next ten years, glaucoma cases are predicted to rise by 22% and over 20 years by 44%.  Research is vital to improve understanding of glaucoma and develop innovative and sight-saving treatments.

    The £100,000 Ophthalmology research award is run in partnership between the RCOphth and the IGA, with the IGA providing the funding for this important contribution towards glaucoma research. The prestigious award has now been running for nearly 20 years and has funded research from prospective stem cell treatments to the use of big data in patient risk stratification.

    The IGA encourages patient-orientated research directly concerned with the improvement of glaucoma management.  Applicants may be trainees seeking support for a fellowship or senior researchers seeking a grant for a project.  Last year’s successful applicant was Dr Victor Hu, International Centre for Eye Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine with his project ‘Detecting glaucoma using a combination of low-cost, portable and easy to use tests’.

    Karen Osborn, Chief Executive, International Glaucoma Association

    ‘We are delighted to announce the call for the International Glaucoma Association (IGA) and The Royal College of Ophthalmology (RCOphth) £100,000 Ophthalmology research award, which forms part of our largest ever annual programme of research funding.  We’re grateful to our friends at the College for their help in the promotion and administration of the award, and we’re hoping for a bumper year in terms of applications.’

    Prof Philip Bloom MB ChB FRCS FRCOphth, Chair, International Glaucoma Association

    ‘The importance of research awards in the field of ophthalmology cannot be understated. Research has led to improved technology and innovative methods of service delivery that are helping to improve the way we deliver care. We’re proud to have played a role in this, and we’re excited to see what new studies will be proposed in this grants round.’

    The IGA and RCOphth wish to encourage a high level of applications for 2020 for this prestigious award.

    Award applications close 1 February 2020.  To apply please visit https://www.rcophth.ac.uk/professional-resources/awards-and-prizes/

     About the International Glaucoma Association:

    The International Glaucoma Association (IGA) is the charity for people with glaucoma: we are a membership organisation, and glaucoma patients are at the very heart of all we do. We support people to live well with glaucoma by providing a telephone helpline, regional support groups, peer support services and widely acclaimed patient information booklets. We also fund vital glaucoma research, and we campaign to raise awareness of the disease and encourage good eye health care.

    For more information, please visit: www.glaucoma-association.com

    Sightline glaucoma helpline: 01233 64 81 70 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am–5.00pm).

    Applications open: 1 October 2019
    Applications close: 1 February 2020
    To download an application form, please click here.

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  • Christmas Cards 2019

    Sending IGA Christmas cards is a great way to show friends and family that you support our sight saving work.

    This year we have some beautiful new designs, some with lovely festive red envelopes, as well as bargain packs and a small selection of our more traditional designs.

    Call us on 01233 64 81 64 to order your cards and pay by credit or debit card.

    Click on the images below to see larger pictures of the cards.

    Postage costs:

    1 pack of 10 cards: £1.20

    2 to 10 packs: £3.00

    11 or more packs: £6.00

    Bargain cards (30 cards): £3.00

    Call us on 01233 64 81 64 to order your cards and pay by credit or debit card.

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  • 100 Voices Campaign

    The IGA is pleased to be supporting the 100 Voices campaign, a patient experience initiative for eye services.

    EyesWise is an NHS project that aims to save sight and improve lives. Since April 2018, work has been underway in hospital eye services across the country to streamline and speed up outpatient treatment for patients at highest risk of sight loss. As part of EyesWise we are now launching the 100 Voices campaign to find out what it feels like to use those services.

    What would patients, carers and staff like the people involved in commissioning and providing services to know? What is your experience of making appointments and attending ophthalmology outpatient clinics since April 2018? The100 Voices campaign will gather and share your stories.

    As one of the highest volume outpatient specialties, oophthalmology is a key focus and understanding the perspective of patientsis essential to understanting the priorities for the redesign of ophthalmology services.  Forthcoming work on the redesign of ophthalmology services will build on the outcomes and learning from EyesWise and the 100 Voices campaign.

    If you think the NHS can learn from our experience, please tell us your story. You can write about it or upload a video or recording of yourself talking about it.  To share your story and be part of the sim to streamline and speed up outpatient treatment, please click here.

     

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  • We're supporting the Vision and Eye Health Campaign from @HealthAwarenessUK.

    Learn more about the importance of eye health and how to safeguard your sight from key thought leaders like David Cartwright, Optometrist and Chairman, Eye Health UK: For further information click here.
    Our Head of Patient Support Services, Joanne Bradley, has also contributed an article explaining dyr eye disease, something that can be associated with glaucoma. The read her article click here.

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  • Moorfields Eye Hospital consultation

    If you came along to our AGM back in March you may have heard the IGA Professor of Glaucoma, Ted Garway-Heath talk about plans to relocate Moorfields. A public consultation was held and this is the IGA response:

    The IGA supports Moorfields proposal to move services to a new site near St Pancras. The current site at City Road is dated, and no longer fit for purpose. Patients find the site cramped and as a result, appointments are more stressful than they might otherwise be.

    We recognise that other options will result in inevitable compromises regarding the services Moorfields can offer in the future. For example, re-developing the existing site is likely to result in disruption to care for patients, while limiting the ability to redesign services and integrate research into patient services.

    We judge the new site will be more accessible for patients both to reach and to navigate, and ensure the hospital can continue to develop and deliver outstanding eye care and ophthalmological research. We recognise that the new site will involve significant financial outlay, but we believe that the anticipated improvement in patient services and the sale of the current City Road site will compensate sufficiently for this.

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  • New glaucoma patient standards to improve support

    Significant variations in standards of glaucoma care nationwide, resulting in increasing anxiety and frustration for glaucoma patients and, in some cases, deterioration in their sight, have led the IGA, UK Ophthalmology Alliance (UKOA) and Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) to produce a brand new Patient Standards Document, based on best practice from across the NHS.

    Patient standards for glaucoma

    Executive summary

    This publication outlines the standards for excellent care across the whole patient pathway for those with glaucoma-related conditions. The standards have been developed by patients, patient charities and eye care professionals working together. They describe best practice as defined by national guidelines, publications and patient and professional consensus in one comprehensive document.

    They should be used as a supplement to existing non-ophthalmic-specific patient standards and the RNIB-UKOA patient standards for ophthalmology.

    Those providing or commissioning care for these conditions should assess their services and, where the standards are not met, take action for improvement.

    Key points:

    A) Co-ordinated care pathways

    1) Using a robust referral and discharge process, ensure only those who need treatment in a hospital, are seen in a hospital.

    2) Stop or avoid unnecessary treatment.

    3) Monitor patients using a trained team of professionals in the community or hospital.

    4) Ensure all the information and test results are available during all appointments.

    B) Understanding and supporting patients

    5) Adapt care facilities, method of testing, communication and patient support, so that all patients can access and be involved in their own care.

    6) Give patients the full information, support and time they need to understand and be involved in their glaucoma care.

    C) Shared decision making

    7) Patients and professionals should use shared decision making about care and treatment.

    D) Active participation of patients in care

    8) Help patients to use their drops properly. Check this regularly.

    9) Inform patients, and ask at every visit, about medication side effects.

    10) Ensure patients know exactly who to contact or where to go if there is a problem with their eye or medication including in an emergency situation.

    You can download all three documents by selecting the relevant link below:

    A Patient Guide

    Executive Summary

    Patient Standards for Glaucoma

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  • Glaucoma grant award £60,000

    The IGA and UKEGS are pleased to invite applications up to £60,000 to fund high quality research that enhances the detection and treatment of glaucoma in order to improve the quality of life for patients.

    We will consider applications for clinical and laboratory-based research projects into the causes and prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment or improving the quality of life of people of all ages living with glaucoma and allied conditions.

    Lead researchers must be based in the UK or Eire.

    Applications can be downloaded here

    Closing date: 18 October 2019

    Grants will be awarded on the basis of:

    • scientific content
    • likelihood of a conclusive outcome of the proposed study
    • likely impact of the research on patient care or appropriate scientific advance or understanding of glaucoma
    • location in a suitable institution
    • presentation
    • value for money
    • ethical considerations

    Full terms of awards are set out in the IGA Terms and Conditions of grant funding.

     

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