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Foreword by the Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care
Executive summary and key recommendations
Introduction to the reviewPurpose of the review Background Format of the report Context of the community eyecare review
Work done in the course of the reviewThe changing role of the community optometrist Centre for Change and Innovation ( CCI) Patient pathways Certification and registration Services for visually-impaired children Locality-based interagency work Setting national standards
Conclusion, recommendations and an agenda for change
Key recommendations of the community eyecare review
The agenda for change
List of annexes
Annex A Membership of review and working groupsAnnex B GlossaryAnnex C Summary of the responses to the public consultationAnnex D Workforce planning issuesAnnex E Report of the working group on children's servicesAnnex F Summary of a study of interagency work in three localitiesAnnex G A community optometry model for the futureAnnex H Report of the working group on certification and registrationAnnex I Report of the working group on standardsAnnex J Shared and delegated care schemesAnnex K Epidemiology of common eye disease
Access to the report
Copies of this report are available in Braille, in large print and on tape. Electronic copies are also available on request. The report has been produced in summary form, with references to more detailed material in annexes. If readers have difficulty accessing the website, the information can be provided in alternative formats by contacting Mike Cairns on 0131 244 3572.
There are many ways to describe sight problems. The formal certification and registration system uses two categories: "blind" and "partially sighted". When the system was changed in England recently, "blind" was replaced by "seriously sight impaired" and "partially sighted" changed to "sight impaired". This report recommends that similar changes be made in Scotland, as part of the review of certification and registration. It is difficult to reach a consensus on terminology. Some people find the word "blind" unacceptable, others prefer its simplicity. In this report neither the old or the new registration terms will be used. More general terms, like "visually impaired", "people who have a serious sight problem" and "sight loss" will be used to describe a spectrum from complete absence of vision to a partial impairment that affects the individual's ability to function.
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