The quality standard pinpoints teps that can be taken to enable services to be designed and adapted to meet the needs of people with dementia and sight loss.
Paul Ursell, consultant ophthalmologist at The Royal College of Ophthalmologists and VISION 2020 UK Dementia and Sight Loss committee member, said:
“This piece of work highlights the breadth of what should be considered in providing care to patients with dementia in an eye clinic. It requires liaison between the patient, carers, all staff, managers, and commissioners of care within the care pathway.”
Seven quality statements have been designed based on the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) format for quality standards to help ophthalmology departments assess their services.
They include staff training, support to participate in decisions about care, the design of clinical areas, waiting times and appointment durations, provision of information, assessment of vision and referral for support.