25 March 2015
Source: Vision UK
The revised Adult UK Eye Health and Sight Loss Pathway offers commissioners and practitioners a unique tool to enable people with sight loss to get the right support at the right time and from the right person. It clarifies the pathway across health and social care to enable better partnership working and a smooth transition for the person with sight loss.
This pathway has been approved by the membership and executive of Vision UK. We urge local authorities, GPs, optometrists, ophthalmologists, the voluntary sector and all eye health professionals to work together to implement it fully.
The Adult UK Eye Health and Sight Loss Pathway is a process map describing how the principles of best practice can be applied to service delivery for adults as they progress along the eye health and sight loss pathway so that they can enjoy:
- Early Interventions to address their presenting needs, as a right.
- Visual impairment rehabilitation as an early intervention, delivered by specialist, qualified professionals.
- Interventions that help them maximise their functional vision.
- Community Care Assessment of eligibility for adult social care, only if they still have unmet needs after receiving early intervention services.
The document explains the Adult UK Eye Health and Sight Loss Pathway and the framework of skills required to deliver it.
Delivering the Adult UK Eye Health and Sight Loss Pathway contributes to achieving ‘Seeing it my way’ outcomes for blind and partially sighted people. These outcomes underpin Vision UK, uniting the sector to ensure that every person who experiences sight loss can benefit from improved eye health and eye care services.