Ophthalmic Public Health (OPH)
The College has representatives sitting on the the VISION 2020 UK Ophthalmic Public Health Group. The terms of reference of the group are given below:
Terms of Reference
The purpose of the Group is to build on the work of the former Ophthalmic Public Health Group set up by The Royal College of Ophthalmologists and to advise VISION 2020 UK on key ophthalmic public health issues, thus supporting the development and practice of ophthalmic public health and ensuring a national voice. The Ophthalmic Public Health Group should develop a public health strategy for preventing sight loss and ameliorate its effects.
The Group will primarily work at a strategic level. Activities as agreed by the Group will be carried out by the member organisations, which may work jointly or individually as appropriate.
To support the development and promote ophthalmic public health through:
- supporting and promoting research that advances ophthalmic public health
- advice on prioritisation and identifying and meeting the eye health needs of the population including most at-risk populations
- supporting a network of ophthalmic public health champions
- co-ordinating advice to commissioners and policy makers nationally and locally to improve the delivery of ophthalmic public health
- monitoring progress in the ophthalmic public health component of VISION 2020 Strategy
- Engaging with the wider public health community
The Group will report to the VISION 2020 UK Board or a committee nominated by them and to members' nominating organisations.
The Group will consist of:
- 3 nominees from The Royal College of Ophthalmologists including paediatric representation
- 2 nominees from the College of Optometrists
- 1 nominee from the Optical Confederation
- 1 nominee from LOCSU
- 1 nominee from V2020 UK
- 1 nominee from the Royal College of General Practitioners
- 1 nominee from the Royal College of Nursing (Ophthalmic Section)
- 1 nominee from the British and Irish Orthoptic Society
- 2 nominees from the Royal National Institute for Blind People (one of whom is visually impaired)
- 1 nominee from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
- 2 nominees from the Faculty of Public Health
- 1 nominee from the Voluntary Sector Forum
- 1 nominee representing local government
- 1 nominee representing CVI (VIPAG)
- 1 nominee from Public Health England
- The Committee will have the power to co-opt expertise as required, and by agreement.
Terms of Office
Group members will serve a period of two years, renewable for a further four years
The members will elect their own Chairman from amongst the membership. The Chairman will serve for two years, renewable for a further two years.
The Group will meet three times a year
The Royal College of Ophthalmologists shall provide the secretariat for the Group in the first instance
Minutes will be available on the VISION 2020 UK website
The members will agree priorities, activities and desired outcomes at the beginning of each year and report to VISION 2020 UK and nominating organisations on progress towards achieving those outcomes at the end of each year.
Fees and Expenses
Members are not paid fees. Expenses should be claimed from the nominating organisation in accordance with their own standing orders in force at the time.
The terms of reference will be reviewed after two years.
Documents produced by the previous RCOphth Ophthalmic Public Health Group are listed below