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Eye health sector joined up to help patients remain independent

News posted: 03/08/2017

The Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning (CCEHC), which represents the major clinical professions and charity organisations in the eye-care sector, has launched a new Low vision, habilitation and rehabilitation framework for adults and children1. The Framework – mainly aimed at commissioners and providers in health and social care – calls for more joined-up commissioning to ensure better access and consistency of services for users supported by the provision of appropriate equipment and expertise to improve quality of life.

Like the Primary Eye Care Framework2, published on 2016, and the Community Ophthalmology Framework3, published in 2015, the emphasis is on promoting integration across primary and community care, hospital eye service, education, social care, and charity and voluntary services to deliver better outcomes and eliminate duplication and waste of resources.

Low vision has a significant impact on a person’s independence and quality of life but low vision, habilitation and rehabilitation services for adults and children are not consistently available across England. In some areas, these services do not exist. This has led to a new cross-sector initiative to ensure quality, reducing service variation, improving equity of access and enhancing outcomes through timely intervention.

Launching the new framework Parul Desai, Chair of the Clinical Council said; “Vision rehabilitation is crucial to ensuring that someone who loses their sight remains as independent as possible. A Department of Health funded research project has identified that good vision rehabilitation avoids significant health and social care costs; the costs avoided are more than three times the cost of delivering the service4. Low vision is an essential part of the eye care and sight loss services and should be made available consistently across the country.

  • ReferencesOpen

    1, 2,3 https://www.college-optometrists.org/the-college/ccehc/delivery-models.html

    4 Effective Vision Rehabilitation can avoid significant costs to Health and Social Care: http://www.rnib.org.uk/rehabcostavoidance

  • The Clinical Council for Eye Health CommissioningOpen

    CCEHCThe Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning (CCEHC) coordinates leading organisations from across eye health to offer united, evidence-based clinical advice and guidance to those commissioning and delivering eye health services in England on issues where national leadership is needed.

    Its member organisations are:

    • The Royal College of Ophthalmologists
    • The College of Optometrists
    • Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
    • Association of British Dispensing Opticians
    • British and Irish Orthoptic Society
    • Faculty of Public Health
    • Optical Confederation (including the Local Optical Committee Support Unit)
    • Royal College of General Practitioners
    • Royal College of Nursing (Ophthalmic nursing forum)
    • Royal National Institute of Blind People
    • International Glaucoma Association
    • Macular Society
    • VISION 2020 UK