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What integrated working practices support or hinder effective referral pathways from health to education services for blind and partially sighted babies and young children? (Sharing our experience, Practitioner-led research 2008-2009; PLR0809/026)

Jennings, Julie (2009) What integrated working practices support or hinder effective referral pathways from health to education services for blind and partially sighted babies and young children? (Sharing our experience, Practitioner-led research 2008-2009; PLR0809/026).

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Abstract

Evidence indicates that young children and parents benefit from receiving specialist visual impairment (VI) education service support from an early stage following identification of a child’s sight condition. Early referral is key to this. Although there are screening protocols for some very specific eye conditions, such as retinopathy of prematurity, there is no vision equivalent to Universal Newborn Hearing Screening with its related referral guidance. The aims of the research were to identify the pathways for referring blind and partially sighted babies and children from Health to Education; and explore models of effective practice in three VI services, i.e. one inner city authority in the east, one rural authority in the west, and a consortium from the south. The first stage of the research was a literature review in order to identify the pathways for referring blind and partially sighted babies and children from Health to Education. The second part of the study sought to address the second aim: to identify models of good practice in a small sample of local authorities and where there were delays in referring from Health to Education to understand the reasons for these delays. As a result of the study, it is recommended that key factors should be in place to support integrated working practices between Health and Education to facilitate effective referral procedures. These factors should include: • an embedded Early Support or a Team around the Child approach; • established multi-agency groups with a focus on visual impairment; • the appointment of a paediatric ophthalmologist to lead on children's issues; • attendance by VI service staff or ECLO at paediatric eye clinics; • incorporating hearing and vision services into LA sensory support services. These should be set out in written agreed protocols between LA education services and Health.

Item Type: Document from Web
Publisher: Children’s Workforce Development Council
Additional Information: http://www.cwdcouncil.org.uk/assets/0000/7260/PLR0809026.pdf
Depositing User: Editor (1)
Date Deposited: 27 May 2011 10:19
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2012 18:22
URI: http://dera.ioe.ac.uk/id/eprint/2771
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