A profile of low vision services in England the Low Vision Service Model Evaluation (LOVSME) project

C. Dickinson, Pat Linck, Rhiannon Tudor-Edwards, A. Binns, C. Bunce, R. Harper, J. Jackson, J. Lindsay, Alan Suttie, James Wolffsohn, Margaret Woodhouse, Tom H. Margrain

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In the UK, low vision rehabilitation is delivered by a wide variety of providers with different strategies being used to integrate services from health, social care and the voluntary sector. In order to capture the current diversity of service provision the Low vision Service Model Evaluation (LOVSME) project aimed to profile selected low vision services using published standards for service delivery as a guide.
Seven geographically and organizationally varied low-vision services across England were chosen for their diversity and all agreed to participate. A series of questionnaires and follow-up visits were undertaken to obtain a comprehensive description of each service, including the staff workloads and the cost of providing the service.
In this paper the strengths of each model of delivery are discussed, and examples of good practice identified. As a result of the project, an Assessment Framework tool has been developed that aims to help other service providers evaluate different aspects of their own service to identify any gaps in existing service provision, and will act as a benchmark for future service development.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)829-831
Number of pages3
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2011


  • Delivery of Health Care
  • England
  • Humans
  • Interdisciplinary Communication
  • Optometry
  • Vision, Low


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