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CCEHC – Survey on the impact of COVID on low vision services in England

7 April 2021

 

 

Dear colleagues

 

The Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning is seeking for your support in completing a short survey to understand the impact of COVID-19 (April 2020 – March 2021) on low vision assessment services in England.

 

We are aware that since the first lockdown, low vision assessment clinics have been cancelled, with urgent cases carried out via remote consultations. Initial returns have shown a significant fall in certifications of visual impairment. We appreciate that service provision has been very challenging, with patients and practitioners shielding, lower clinic numbers to maintain social distancing, and re-deployed posts.

 

What happens in a low vision assessment is important as it should be considered as the start of a new pathway. The approach should make sure that all the patient needs are identified, and appropriate actions and support arranged. Even before COVID, low vision assessment was not a consistent service across England and there were long delays or no service in some areas. With greater use of telephone and video consultations, it is important to understand the impact of these changes on patient care, and to ensure consistency and equity of access to low vision service users.

 

Any information you provide will be used to inform how these services could be improved.

 

The survey can be accessed here: https://forms.gle/cbmApNa5dQpNvTYy8 and should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. We would welcome your responses by Friday 30 April 2021.

 

The information requested should be readily available and should not need you to conduct additional data collections or seek local approvals. The information you will share will be held securely in line with data protection law.

 

If you are willing to share local protocols, please feel free to send these to the CCEHC Secretariat at olivier.deneve@college-optometrists.org

 

Thank you again for your support in completing this survey.

 

 

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