Impact of the eye clinic liaison officer at an NHS foundation trust: a retrospective study.

Menon, Vaishnavi, Treen, Talia, Burdon, Michael A and Batra, Ruchika (2020) Impact of the eye clinic liaison officer at an NHS foundation trust: a retrospective study. BMJ open ophthalmology, 5 (1). e000587. ISSN 2397-3269. This article is available to all UHB staff and students via ASK Discovery tool http://tinyurl.com/z795c8c by using their UHB Athens login IDs

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Abstract

Objective

Vision loss has a significant impact on physical, mental and social well-being. Eye clinic liaison officers (ECLOs) have a crucial role in providing holistic care for patients with visual impairment. The aim of this study was to review the work of an ECLO over a period of 1 year at an NHS Trust to determine the volume of work and the areas of support provided by the ECLO.

Methods and Analysis

A secondary data analysis of the ECLO case notes for all patients reviewed by the ECLO at University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) NHS Trust during the year 2019, was performed. Demographic data and certification of visual impairment (CVI) status were noted. The main outcome variable recorded was the categories of support provided by the ECLO. Case vignettes were chosen to illustrate the variety of support offered to individual patients.

Results

A total of 1127 consecutive participants were reviewed by the ECLO at University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) NHS Trust during the year 2019. Areas of support most commonly provided by the ECLO included aiding the process of registration for CVI, and assistance in accessing benefits, social support and low vision support. Severely sight impaired patients required significantly more areas of support than sight impaired patients (Χ=52.7, p=2.16×10). Three case vignettes, chosen by the ECLO, highlighted the positive impact of the ECLO with respect to emotional support, practical advice and as a point of contact ensuring continuity of care, also during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Conclusions

The ECLO at UHB NHS Trust provides a core patient service within the ophthalmology department by being a key source of practical and emotional support and the crucial link between healthcare, social care and voluntary services.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available to all UHB staff and students via ASK Discovery tool http://tinyurl.com/z795c8c by using their UHB Athens login IDs
Subjects: WB Practice of medicine > WB450 Rehabilitation
WW Eyes. Ophthalmology
Divisions: Ambulatory Care > Ophthalmology
Emergency Services > Neurology
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Depositing User: Mrs Yolande Brookes
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2021 12:55
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2021 12:55
URI: http://www.repository.uhblibrary.co.uk/id/eprint/3883

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