Joint Strategic Needs Assessment template launched for eye health
A Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) template has been launched today to enable Health and Wellbeing Boards to better understand the eye health needs of their local populations and support effective commissioning of services. The UK Vision Strategy supported the development of the template working with a range of partners including Action for Blind People, RNIB, Visionary and the Local Optical Committee Support Unit.
The template, which is available at www.commissioningforeyecare.org.uk focuses on the four leading causes of sight loss, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), glaucoma, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy.
The template outlines the relationship between eye health, sight loss and other health determinants and shows how prioritising these issues and conditions can help to meet locally identified strategic priorities, support service planning and improve service efficiency.
Eye health was recognised by the Government as a priority earlier this year when it was included in the Public Health Outcomes Framework in England following successful influencing by UK Vision Strategy partners. From April 2013, the Public Health Outcomes Framework in England will monitor the major causes of sight loss including age related macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.
Anita Lightstone, UK Vision Strategy Programme Director said: "Due to demographic change, demands on eye care are predicted to rise dramatically over the next few years. By ensuring good service provision, we can reduce the impact of this both for the individual and society. This template tool will enable Health and Wellbeing Boards to address this growing need and ensure eye health is prioritised for the benefit of patients".