New university partnership bringing Wolverhampton eye care into focus

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Wolverhampton CCG are delighted to announce a new working partnership with the University of Wolverhampton.

This move will see the University work with the CCG on promoting health related campaigns around Wolverhampton, the first of which helping to ‘Bring Eye Care into Focus’ with the Minor Eye Conditions Scheme (MECS) that launched in September 2017.

Performing Arts students from the University will take part in a song writing competition with the winning song being used to promote the Minor Eye Conditions Scheme in Wolverhampton. The winner will then also feature in a music video, that will also be produced with Wolverhampton University students, as well as receive music equipment.

Hundreds of people every year wait in Accident & Emergency for conditions such as sudden reduced vision, red eyes and recent risky sticky discharge, all of which can all now be treated by participating local opticians.

Dr Paul Johnson, the Head of School of Performing Arts at the University of Wolverhampton is excited to see what his students can produce, “It’s going to be great to see our students working with a brief from the NHS, it will provide them with a real life challenge and give them the opportunity to put their creativity to the test. We want them to think about all the different ways they can use their skills, and how they can make a living from doing what they love.”

Director of Strategy & Transformation at Wolverhampton CCG, Steven Marshall, is also looking forward to the partnership, “It’s great to work with the young people of our city to bring the MECS service to life in a different format. I’m looking forward to growing this partnership to include all areas of our health services across the city.”

The winner of the competition will be announced in late January with more details of the music video to follow.

You can find more information about the Minor Eye Conditions Scheme at www.wolverhamptonccg.nhs.uk/mecs which also includes all the opticians taking part in the programme.