Time to Talk is a telephone based confidence building, information and discussion group for people affected by sight loss. The service evaluation has been very well received and is informing good practice more widely across the sector.
The NHS Low Vision in Wales referenced the report in response to the new NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) guidelines around screening patients for depression and benefits of peer support. As a result, Talk and Support and the Sight Loss Counselling services have been identified as an appropriate referral route.
The report has also been shared with NHS commissioners in Northern Ireland, to support the role out of Time to Talk as part of the RNIB/Action Confidence building offering. And Time to Talk will feature as an example of good practice in a new book by an international expert on peer support. The author recently attended a NESTA event and was impressed with the evidence of the sustainability of the service.
To read the full Time to Talk and impact summary visit www.rnib.org.uk/timetotalkevaluation
To read our Expert series blog about the positive impact of using validated tools in service evaluation visit www.rnib.org.uk/timetotalkblog