When and where...

Date: Wednesday 22nd November 2023

Time: 9.45 - 15.30 (Registration from 9)

Venue: Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, CF11 9XR




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09:45 – 09:50 Chair's welcome and introduction

Gwyn Williams, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Swansea Bay UHB

09:50 - 10:00 UCAN Performance 'We thank you'

10:00 - 10:15 Ministerial Speech

Eluned Morgan, Minister for Health and Social Services

10:15 - 10:30 Successful Reform

David O'Sullivan, Chief Optometric Advisor to Welsh Government

Dr Nik Sheen, Head of Optometry, Health Education and Improvement Wales

10:30 - 10:45 Eye Care Services, the National Context

[Presentation] Dr. Fiona Jenkins, Executive Director of Therapy, Health Science for Cardiff and Vale University Health Board 

10:45 - 11:15 Effective Communication and Breaking Bad News

[Presentation] Lorcan Butler, Optical Engagement Manager, The Brain Tumour Charity


11:45 - 12:00 Talking about low vision and mental health (patients' perspectives)

[Presentation] Dr. Claire Nollett, Research Fellow, Cardiff University

12:00 - 12:15 Harnessing the Power of Collaboration - Health, Social Care and Third Sector working together

[Video] Sandy Davies, Chair, Welsh Rehabilitation Officers Forum

12:15 - 12:30 Accessible information (patient voice)

[Presentation] Liz Williams, RNIB Cymru, Nic Lancaster, Rachel Jones

12:30 - 12:45 Curriculum Framework for Children and Young People 

[Presentation] Sarah Hughes, Head of Vision Impairment, SenCom

12:45 - 13:00 Hospital to Community: the value of optometrists monitoring and managing sight loss

[Presentation] Pippa Anderson; Rhianon Reynolds; Prof. Barbara Ryan        

13:00 - 14:00 LUNCH and NETWORKING

14:00 - 14:10 UCAN Performance 'Blind People for the Movement of Blind People'

14:10 - 14:20 Sight Loss Pathway

[Presentation] John Dixon, NHS (Wales) Engagement Manager, RNIB 

14:20 – 14:30 Regional Centres of excellence

Gwyn Williams, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Swansea Bay UHB

14:30 - 14:40 Wales General Ophthalmic Services (WGOS)

Rebecca Bartlett, National WGOS Optometric Clinical Lead

14:40 - 14:50 Implementation

David O’Sullivan, Chief Optometric Advisor to Welsh Government

14:50 - 15:00 Greener Wales and Eye Care

Tim Morgan, National WGOS Optometric Lead / Primary Care Green Champion within BCUHB

15:00 - 15:25 Panel questions

David O'Sullivan, Chief Optometric Advisor to Welsh Government

Rhianon Reynolds, Llywydd of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists Wales

Dr Nik Sheen, Head of Optometry, Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW)

Mike George, WGOS National Optometric Clinical Lead

15:25 - 15:30 Closing remarks

Gwyn Williams (Chair) 


Wales Vision Forum, LVSW, Optometry Wales.