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Public health network focus for steering group.

INFLUENTIAL OPHTHALMIC and public health figures have joined forces in a new steering group to oversee the first Ophthalmic Public Health Network, LOCSU has announced.

The steering group will provide advice to ensure that the new network will be an effective resource for all those working on, or interested in, ophthalmic public health. The network will look to work with NHS Commissioners, Health and Wellbeing Boards, providers, public health experts and academic departments.

Katrina Venerus (pictured), LOCSU's director of operations and commissioning who is a member of the group, said: "News that the Government has made a commitment to include a measure of eye health in the national public health priorities for England has underlined the need for an Ophthalmic Public Health Network to share expertise, data and innovation.

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"We are delighted to have such senior and influential figures from both the ophthalmic and public health arenas involved in the steering group."

The steering group also includes: Kathy Evans, chief executive, Royal College of Ophthalmologists; David Hewlett chief executive, FODO; Anita Lightstone, programme director, UK Vision Strategy and RNIB; Richard Oliver, joint clinical director, Sheffield NHS Clinical Commissioning Group; Bryony Pawinska, chief executive, College of Optometrists; Terry Rich, Local Government lead, NHS (London) Public Health Transition Team; Geof Roberson, professional adviser, AOP; Darren Schickle, head of the Academic Unit of Public Health, University of Leeds; and Sarah Slade, chair, National Optometric Advisers Association.

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