Project information

London Eye Clinics

In many parts of London when you are told you are losing your sight you don't receive any specialist support or advice to help you come to terms with your diagnosis.

We believe this is wrong and want to employ specialist support workers to help people come to terms with becoming blind.

It is ongoing.

Charity information: Greater London Fund for the Blind

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  • Need

    Need

    The medical services in hospital eye clinics offer excellent diagnosis and treatment for a variety of eye conditions, but they can do little for patients with permanent sight loss.

    It is well recognised that the vast majority of people diagnosed with permanent sight loss gain considerable benefit from the provision of information, advice and emotional support.

    However, a 2009 research report found that very few patients attending London hospitals have access to such services

    Solution

    By providing specialist workers in clinics in hospitals across London we will be able to offer guidance in five key areas :

    Advice about certification and registration
    Information on eye conditions
    Emotional support
    Assistive technology advice
    Referral to other agencies

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To give every newly diagnosed blind or partially sighted person in London access to a support worker

    Activities

    » By running specialist eye clinics in every borough of London.

    Success will be...ensuring no person is to left to fend for themselves when they are told they are losing their sight.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Twenty measures have been established for monitoring the service and a yearly impact report will be produced that details the outcomes achieved by the clinics.

    Part of the reporting will be to evidence improved outcomes that relate directly to the government’s policies on choice, independence and prevention.

    Risk

    That the service isn't used by the most vulnerable in society: the elderly, children, the poor, individuals with learning difficulties and people whose first language isn’t English.

    We will work closely with healthcare professionals to get referrals and target under represented groups of people.

    Reporting

    We will conduct an annual review and audit of the service and report on progress against agreed outcomes and targets.

    A report on the outcomes of a pilot project are available on request.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £36,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £32,000 Salaries Salaries and on-costs to employ the support worker.
      £4,000 Admin Including travel, promotional materials,training etc
  • Background

    Location

    Across the 32 London boroughs.

    Beneficiaries

    The visually impaired people of London. These will come from all ages and backgrounds.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have funded projects for the blind across London for 90 years.

    We work closely with a wide range of blind welfare organisations to ensure that the visually impaired have access to best possible services and support.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Metropolitan Society Of The Blind

    We have funded a pilot project with Metropolitan Society and they employ the support workers and run the scheme.

    Other Blind Welfare Organisations In London

    Other local blind socieiteis will run the support clinics in their own local communities.

£700

Will pay for a support worker for a week