Eye Services for People with Learning Disabilities
People with Learning Disabilities Pathway
Cheshire and Merseyside are piloting a scheme to provide community eye care for Adults & Young People with Learning Disabilities
The purpose of this scheme is to increase the number of sight tests in patients diagnosed with learning disabilities.
This will be supplied through the Webstar platform and be managed by Primary Eye Care Cheshire
For a full description of the pathway click here
Currently 2-2.5% of people in the UK have a learning disability. People with learning disabilities (LD) are ten times more likely to have eye problems and 6 out of 10 will need to wear glasses – however they are less likely to receive timely and appropriate care, than the rest of the population.
Who is eligible?
The service should be available to anyone who is
a) 14 years old or above
b) recognised by their GP as having a mild, moderate or severe learning disability (they may be on a local learning disability register)
For any practices that wish to be involved the requirements are highlighted below:
- Quality in Optometry (QIO) level 1 and NHS standard contract
For those already registered for other services further submission of QIO is not needed
- WOPEC LD course – codes available from your Sandie firstname.lastname@example.org
- SAFEGUARDING level 2/core for children and vulnerable adults
available via DOCET www.docet.info
- Declaration of PI insurance
- DBS/working towards having DBS
If you have any queries about this scheme, or would like to be involved please contact Theresa Cox
Lots of resources available at: https://www.seeability.org/
To report any incidents, service issues or complaints please use the dedicated section on Optomanager, for details on how to do this click here, or if you consider it to be an urgent issue please email Theresa Cox or contact her on 07976215304