Specsavers, the world’s largest privately owned optical group and the pioneer of the joint venture business model, and Royal National Institute of Blind People, the UK’s leading charity supporting blind and partially sighted people have joined together to transform the nation’s eye health.
In 2017 – the partnership’s second year – Specsavers worked with RNIB to host five roundtable discussions to explore how community eye care services can complement hospital care to make the most effective use of limited resources.
The discussions included; experts from voluntary organisations, health services, health professions, professional bodies, commercial organisations and, crucially, people living with sight loss or at risk of sight loss.
TV presenter Anne Robinson also championed the need for regular eye tests, speaking to local radio stations alongside RNIB and Specsavers spokespeople.
As part of the partnership, Specsavers has invested in professional clinical training and development by funding postgraduate accreditations for its optometrists. This has resulted in more than 10,000 individual accreditations completed in minor eye conditions, glaucoma, and cataracts. Furthermore, Specsavers and RNIB have implemented training for Specsavers’ retail teams to improve their understanding of vision loss and sight conditions, and to support their optometrist colleagues in offering enhanced optical services. The aim is to have at least one person in each of Specsavers’ 800 UK stores to have completed this training by National Eye Health Week in September.