Lay Advisory Group
We greatly appreciate the administrative support that we receive and thanks go to Penny Jagger for looking after us so well.
MEETING DATES 2012 & 2013
Thursday 4 October, 2012
Thursday 10 January, 2013
Thursday 18 April, 2013
Thursday 18 July, 2013
Thursday 10 October, 2013
All meetings start at 11:00am
LAY ADVISORY GROUP COMMITTEE
Mr Derek Forbes, Chairman
Mr Tom Bremridge
Tom Bremridge retired in 2009 as CEO of the Macular Disease Society after 7 years. He helped grow the profile and capability of the Society, the largest formed patient group for visually impaired people in UK. He enjoyed frequent contact with the Royal College particularly over persuading NICE to permit the use of new treatments for wet macular degeneration (photodynamic therapy and anti VEGF injection drugs). The Society also worked with the College on awareness of Charles Bonnet Syndrome (hallucinations) and on improving patient pathways for access to specialist treatment. Tom retired from the Army in 1990 at 45 as a Brigadier. He then worked in business before joining the not for profit sector in 2002.
Mr Stuart Holland
A consultant to public health and third sector clients, currently working in regulation and supporting professional bodies in the health sector. A background in economics, politics and management.
Professor Helen Petrie
Helen Petrie is Professor of Human-Computer Interaction at the University of York. She is a cognitive psychologist by training, but now works in a Computer Science Department. For the past decade she has studied how to make mainstream technologies available to people with disabilities, and how to use technology to help people with disabilities overcome the problems they encounter in life. Much of her work has been with people with visual disabilities. She is interested in learning more about the work of ophthalmology to broaden her knowledge and to share her experiences of working with technology.
Ms Sylvia Simmons
Sylvia Simmons, an information management consultant, has worked in information services in the public, academic and not-for-profit sector 25+ years specialising in health, social and public policy. She began her career with SKILL: the National Bureau for Students with Disabilities, where she developed information, research and policy monitoring services and worked with students and lecturers experiencing visual disability during different stages of their further and higher education and working lives. Her professional interests include information ethics, information provision in the digital environment and cross-cultural perspectives on disability, which she hopes will contribute to the Lay Advisory Group's role of promoting better understanding between users and providers of ophthalmic services.
Mrs Chris Wall
Two recent eye operations gave Chris not only an appreciation of the benefits of eye surgery and the impact on an individual’s life, but also the importance of establishing appropriate and efficient communication between Ophthalmic professionals and patients. Chris wants to support the profession both in terms of securing proper public funding for eye care, and also in encouraging continuous improvement, for the benefit of ophthalmic professionals and patients.
LAY ADVISORY GROUP TERMS OF REFERENCE
CONTACT THE LAY ADVISORY GROUP
If you would like to find out more about the Lay Advisory Group or to contact the Chairman please contact:
Miss Penny Jagger
PA to the President
The Royal College of Ophthalmologists
17 Cornwall Terrace
London, NW1 4QW
Tel: 020 7935 0702 Ext: 204
Fax: 020 7487 4674
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