Our Sight Loss MOT is a comprehensive needs assessment tool to ensure that people with sight loss get the best possible support at home and in the community so they can live life to the full.
The MOT is based on national research and the views of people with sight loss at a local and national level. It has been informed by the Seeing it My Way outcomes framework, England Vision Strategy objectives, My Voice 2015 (RNIB) and a number Local Eye Health Needs Assessments from across the UK.
The Sight Loss MOT covers 8 areas:
- Understanding your eye condition
- Making the best use of your sight
- Your health and wellbeing
- Managing at home
- Getting out and about
- Your finances and planning for the future
- Work, learning and having your say
- Having someone to talk to
The Sight Loss MOT is carried out by one of our Community Support Workers and normally takes about two hours to complete. We then produce an action plan which identifies steps to be taken by the client and/or support worker to help individuals address immediate needs and longer term aims.
The action plan can include the need for more information on the person’s sight condition, referrals back to an eye unit, GP or optician, a referral to the local sensory team, a lighting and magnifier assessment, equipment demonstrations, benefits assessments, advice on healthy eating, as well as helping people access local social groups.
A review meeting takes place after about three months to see what progress has been achieved and whether there are any further actions to be addressed.
The process of going through the Sight Loss MOT has proved to be extremely popular with clients and, for many, has been the first time that they have had the opportunity to talk to someone about the emotional impact of losing their sight.
The Sight Loss MOT and our new Community Support Service won the Visionary 2017 National Inspirational Service Delivery Award and is also being adopted by a number of other sight loss charities in the UK.