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  • IGA Professor David (Ted) Garway-Heath receives national and international awards for his glaucoma work

    We are delighted to share news of IGA Professor David Garway-Heath's recent international and national awards from the American Glaucoma Society (AGS) and the UK Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards (ACCEA).

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    The AGS will present Professor David (Ted) Garway-Heath with the prestigious International Scholar Award in February 2020. Ted, who is Professor of Ophthalmology at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology (IoO) and Consultant at Moorfields Eye Hospital alongside being IGA Professor, receives the award in recognition of his "lifetime contributions to glaucoma research, education, and patient care".

    In the UK, Prof. Garway-Heath has been awarded a Gold Clinical Excellence Award in recognition of his contributions to the NHS after intense scrutiny by the Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards (ACCEA), which is sponsored by the Department and Health and Social Care. The award is a public acknowledgement of his professional expertise and sustained and dedicated contribution to the NHS over and above contractual requirements.

    About Professor Garway-Heath

    In addition to his clinical work, Prof. Garway-Heath leads research in visual assessment and imaging at the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Moorfields and UCL IoO. He also conducts his own research aimed at improving care outcome by developing and evaluating diagnostics, improving clinical trial design to reduce the time taken to establish treatment benefits, identifying risk factors for disease progression, and developing decision-support software to provide evidence-based guidance in clinical care.

    Prof. Garway-Heath's 2015 Lancet paper reporting the findings of his landmark UK Glaucoma Treatment Study is highly cited worldwide and has been referenced in the NICE Glaucoma Guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma. The map he developed to relate structure and function in glaucoma has now been incorporated into diagnostic devices used in the clinic worldwide.

    Prof. Garway-Heath has been consecutively cited in The Ophthalmologist magazine's power list as one of the 100 most influential people in ophthalmology worldwide, and last year he was voted 'top mentor worldwide' on the power list for his work mentoring younger colleagues and helping them develop leadership skills. He has also been driving a mentorship programme for the European Glaucoma Society (EGS), of which he is President, called Next Generation Partnership (NGP). Since its launch in 2017, the NGP programme has enrolled around 100 glaucoma specialists across all European countries.

    He has also undertaken a European-wide patient support initiative. Currently, patient support organisations are not as well developed in some countries as in the UK, which means that patients often cannot access support outside the clinical environment. The first step of this initiative has been accomplished by allowing all EGS members to gain direct access to information on patient education and support provided by the IGA. The IGA was selected as it is one of the best-established patient organisations in Europe. A further step of the initiative was launched at the 2018 EGS biennial congress to promote the establishment of a Europe-wide Patient Support Organisation Network with the support from the IGA.

    This year’s EGS congress in Brussels will celebrate the Society’s 40th anniversary and will be marked by the launch of an initiative dedicated to patient input into care provision and research priorities. The IGA will be taking an active part in this initiative.

    Find out more

    - View Professor Garway-Heath's academic profile https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioo/research/academics/garway-heath

    - Visit the EGS website https://www.eugs.org/eng/default.asp

    - Visit the AGS website https://www.americanglaucomasociety.net/home

    - Read about the NHS Clinical Excellence Awards https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/advisory-committee-on-clinical-excellence-awards

     

     

     

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  • Our friends at City, University of London are recruiting…

    Job details

    Laboratory Technician Optometry Wrap Around Cover

    Reference Number: 60029981
    Location: Northampton Square  Map & Directions
    School / Service: School of Health Sciences
    Department: Optometry & Visual Science
    Contract Duration: Permanent
    Hours: Part-time
    Salary Range (£): 25941 to 29176

    Responsibilities

    Acting as a point of contact for the students that use the Clinical Skills and Dispensing laboratories, you will be responsible for loaning equipment out to students and maintaining a log. You may be required to coordinate unsupervised group sessions for students. You will be required to keep the laboratories neat and tidy, ensuring all equipment and registers are locked away at the end of the shift. You will also be responsible for ensuring the laboratories are locked at the end of the shift.

    The role is term-time and you will be required to start at 4.30pm. The hours will vary as follows:
    From 17th February to 20th March you will work from 4.30 to 6.00pm for 5 weeks
    From 23rd March to 3rd April you will work from 4.30 to 5.00pm for 2 weeks

    The role will commence again for Term 1 from mid-September 2020 to mid-December 2020 from 4.30 to 5.00pm Monday to Friday.

    Person Specification

    Educated to A level or equivalent you will also have previous experience of working in a supportive role. You will have a calm and patient manner, coupled with flexibility and the desire to work as part of a team. A willingness to help others and ensure students are treated in a friendly professional manner at all times are essential. You will also be expected to demonstrate an understanding of the issues that would arise in a student focused work environment.

    Additional Information

    City offers a sector-leading salary, pension scheme and benefits including a comprehensive package of staff training and development.

    Closing date for applications: 11.59pm 6th February

    Interview date: 19th February

    For further details and an informal discussion about the position, please contact Irene Ctori via 020 7040 0132

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    Please use the link below to view further details for this job.

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  • The new IGA Award for Excellence in Glaucoma Care 2019

    This is our new reader-nominated award, to recognise professionals or volunteers who make a real difference to the lives of people living with the condition.

    And the winner is...

    Gus Gazzard and the LiGHT team at Moorfields Eye Hospital

    Nominated by Joseph Ross from Hertfordshire.

    Gus Gazzard accepting his award from Phillip Bloom

    The award was presented by IGA Chair Prof Philip Bloom at the 2019 UK & Eire Glaucoma Society conference in Glasgow, in front of around 200 other glaucoma specialists. You can read Jospeh Ross' nomination below.

    “In 2013, with glaucoma diagnosed in both eyes, I was referred to Moorfields and invited to participate in the LiGHT Team’s investigation of the relative impact and efficacy of eye drop treatment compared with laser treatment. I was one of several hundred patients and many of us became familiar faces to each other. The professionalism of everyone in the team, in all capacities, was matched by a degree of care and sensitivity which has been exemplary. Test results were fully explained, options discussed, and I felt fully engaged in all decision-making.

    When surgical intervention was considered necessary, I was supported and advised at every point and the follow-up care was exceptionally thorough.

    I was provided with contact details for my key optometrist, Neil Nathwani, and he has given me personal support and advice throughout. Mr Gazzard not only gave me the benefit of his superb surgical skill but explained fully what procedures were being pursued and the reasons for them. I feel that he knows his patients and takes a personal interest in them. On one occasion, leaving the hospital after an appointment, walking down Old Street, he recognised and greeted my wife and me, despite being out of the usual context.

    I have been very fortunate in having my treatment and care in the hands of such a team. I know that the patients involved with the Light Team have benefited from an outstanding combination of medical excellence and personal engagement.I am very glad to have this opportunity to nominate all of the team for this award.

    In my view, what makes this team stand out is their ability to work together so effectively, carrying out such valuable research, while also treating all their patients as individuals whose specific needs are seen as the priority at all times.”

    We were so taken with two other nominations that we also presented them with Certificates of Appreciation at the conference. The first went to James Kirwan and the team at the eye department in Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth, who were nominated by Elizabeth French. The other award went to Ms Angela James, Lead Pharmacist at the Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion, Edinburgh. Angela was nominated by Dr Pankaj Agarwal, Consultant Ophthalmologist at the Eye Pavilion.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Devon in Sight - Community Sight Loss Hubs

    Rural isolation and bad transport links were one of the reasons why Devon in Sight decided to take their services out into the community by creating Community Sight Loss Hubs.

    They now have regular 'Talk and Support Groups' over a dozen locations across the county where clients have the opportunity to meet with others with sight loss, hear about the services available for them in their community and receive specialist training.

    Their services continue as normal, with the majority being provided from their 13 Community Sight Loss Hubs. These hubs are operated by a community support team consisting of Cathy, Margaret, Rebecca and Tracey. Appointments are available to view lighting and daily living equipment at their new premises and at most of their Community Sight Loss Hubs.

    How to contact:

    Call the helpline on 01392 84 66 66

    Email: enquiries@devoninsight.org.uk

    Please remember that Devon in Sight operates by APPOINTMENT ONLY

    Devon in Sight, Splatford Barton, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7XY

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  • Eye health sector intervenes to stop patients losing sight

    Warnings that hospital initiated delays and cancelled follow up appointments are at crisis point, putting patients' sight at risk, have led to a new cross-sector initiative. It aims to release pressure off the hospital eye health services by treating more people in the community.

    To meet these challenges the Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning (CCEHC), representing the major charity, clinical and provider organisations in the sector, has stepped in to launch a new Primary Eye Care Framework1 for eye health services. The Framework will help commissioners address capacity issues in their area by delivering more support in primary care settings, in line with the NHS Five year Forward View.

    The new Framework complements the Community Ophthalmology Framework2, published by the Clinical Council in 2015. It will empower commissioners and providers to release capacity within hospital through a multidisciplinary approach to treat the right patient in the most appropriate service.

    Launching the new framework David Parkins, Chair of the Clinical Council said: “Patients are now at risk of losing their sight because of delayed appointments and capacity pressures. Radical change is needed and we urge all Clinical Commissioning Groups and Local Eye Health Networks to measure their existing services against these frameworks and use them to expand local capacity to meet need as part of their local Sustainability and Transformation Plans.”

    President of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists, Professor Carrie MacEwen, supports the review of services to ease pressure on overstretched hospital eye health services. She said: “It is critical that the ophthalmic sector develops frameworks that support the growing demands made on the multi-disciplinary workforce. This team provides primary and secondary care for patients and we need to ensure that it is delivered through consistent and recognised training and education standards. We advocate the right eye care professional, at the right time and in the right setting.”

    Reference

    1, 2 http://www.college-optometrists.org/en/EyesAndTheNHS/devolved-nations/england/clinical-council-for-eye-health-commissioning/ccehc-framework.cfm

    Notes to editors

    1. Concerns raised by the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, and by MPs in Parliament, led to NHS England organising the country’s first ever high-level eye health summit for NHS commissioners this June.
    2. https://www.england.nhs.uk/2016/06/eye-health-summit-2/
    3. http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2016-06-24/41184
    4. The Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning (CCEHC) coordinates leading organisations from across eye health services to offer united, evidence-based clinical advice and guidance to those commissioning and delivering eye health services in England on issues where national leadership is needed. Its member organisations are:

    VISION 2020 UK

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  • New CEO for International Glaucoma Association

    Karen Osborn will join the International Glaucoma Association (IGA) as CEO at the end of July 2016. Karen has a strong background in developing both strategy and services for people with visual impairments, having spent the past nine years as CEO for Kent Association for the Blind.

    improving glaucoma treatment, Karen OsbornCommenting on the appointment, Chair of the IGA, Keith Barton says, “Karen stood out in a competitive field as our unanimous choice to lead the IGA.  She has an exceptional record of working with other charities, and we were impressed by her enthusiasm and ideas for the IGA. She has the experience, charisma and strategic outlook to take service provision forward and to enhance our role as a research funder”.

    Karen’s career is firmly rooted in supporting people with complex physical and mental health needs. Having started as a residential worker with MIND, she has since managed rehabilitation and therapeutic services for people with a range of physical, sensory, learning disability and mental health needs at Thrive, and directed volunteer and housing support for a disability charity in London.

    Karen said of her appointment, “I’m delighted to be joining the IGA and I’m looking forward to the challenge of implementing the new strategy and taking glaucoma services and research to the next level”.

    Current CEO Russell Young retires in July having led the organisation for the last three years. Formerly from the pharmaceutical industry, Russell has spent much of his career working with health care professionals and patients focussed on improving glaucoma treatment and care. In his words, “I was fortunate to have been introduced to glaucoma by Mr Pitts Crick, an inspirational teacher and Consultant Ophthalmologist at Kings College Hospital, London, who also founded the International Glaucoma Association”.

    The International Glaucoma Association is the charity for people with glaucoma. Established over 40 years ago, it raises awareness, promotes research related to early diagnosis and treatment, and provides support to patients and all those who care for them. In addition it also part funds the IGA Professor of Ophthalmology for Glaucoma and Allied Studies, Professor David Garway-Heath, at UCL and Moorfields Eye Hospital, London. Other services include: a helpline, patient information, patient support groups, events for professionals and patients, as well as providing grants for research funding. It is run by a board of trustees which represents ophthalmologists, optometrists, ophthalmic nurses and people with glaucoma

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    For further information please contact Karen Brewer/Richenda Kew on: 01233 64 81 64 or email: K.Brewer@iga.org.uk or R.Kew@iga.org.uk.

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