6 June 2013
THIS POST IS BEING KEPT FOR HISTORIC REASONS PLEASE SEE THE UPDATED Adult UK eye health and sight loss pathway revised January 2015 here: Updated Pathway 2015
The Adult UK 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 and so enables better partnership working and a smooth transition for the person with sight loss.
The Adult UK sight loss pathway is a process map for the Seeing it my way outcomes framework. It describes how the principles of best-practice can be put into practice for an adult with a sight loss so that they 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 social care services, only if they still have un-met needs after receiving early intervention services.
We urge local authorities, GPs, Optometrists, Ophthalmologists and all eye health professionals to work together to implement it fully, to improve delivery of the Seeing it my way outcomes for people with sight loss.
Please share this information and the pathway as widely as you can so that every person who experiences sight loss across the UK can benefit from the provision of early access to a nationally agreed pathway promoting independence, choice and control over their lifestyle.
The Adult UK sight loss pathway can be downloaded below