Children with Sensory Impairments - Review of the services of Allied Health Professions

Closed 14 Feb 2020

Opened 28 Jan 2020

Overview

We would be grateful to hear from you if you are:

  • a young person with a hearing and/or visual impairment living in Northern Ireland (up to 18-years-old)
  • the parent or carer of a young person with a hearing and/or visual impairment living in Northern Ireland
  • a professional working with children and young people with hearing and/or visual impairment in Northern Ireland

Please complete the following survey to tell us what you think of the support currently being provided by the Allied Health Professions.

There are 12 questions (maximum) in this survey, and it should take around 20 minutes to complete. If you are a child or young person, you can ask an adult to help you complete the survey if you wish.

The Public Health Agency is carrying out a review of the services of the Allied Health Professions (AHPs) for children with visual, hearing or multisensory impairments up to 18 years-old*. There are 13 Allied Health Professions in total, but those most directly involved in supporting children and young people with sensory impairment are Occupational Therapists, Orthoptists, Physiotherapists and Speech and Language Therapists. This review is also looking at how these particular services link with the overall support provided to children and young people with visual, hearing and multisensory impairments.

Why We Are Consulting

The survey aims to ensure that the needs and experiences of children and young people who have a hearing or visual impairment are taken into consideration in this review of services provided to them.

The results of this survey will be incorporated anonymously into the review report which will be shared with the Department of Health and colleagues in the Health and Social Care Trusts with a view to improving services. Completion of the survey is not compulsory and by completing it you consent to the information you provide being included in the review. Your information will only be held for as long as necessary to complete the review and will then be disposed of in accordance with our policy on records management and disposal (Good Management Good Records).

*We are using the term ‘hearing impairment’ to refer to all types of hearing loss and deafness from mild to profound. We are using the term ‘visual impairment’ to refer to people who are partially sighted and who are blind.

What Happens Next

The results of this survey will be incorporated anonymously into the final review report and will guide the recommendations made to improve services in the future.

Audiences

  • Parents
  • Voluntary and Community Sector
  • Optometrist
  • Optician
  • Service users/patients
  • Carers
  • General Public
  • Advocate groups
  • Community/Voluntary sector organisations
  • Health and social care providers – statutory
  • Health and social care providers – non-statutory
  • Health professionals
  • Health and social care staff
  • Health and social care regulators
  • Staff representatives/Unions
  • Royal Colleges
  • Political representatives
  • DOH staff

Interests

  • Eye Health
  • Eye Care
  • Eyecare Pathways
  • Ophthalmic Public Health
  • Commissioning
  • Sight Tests
  • Eye Examinations
  • Developing Eyecare Partnerships
  • Health and social care policy
  • Health and social care legislation
  • Quality and safety
  • Regulation of health and social care
  • Provision of health and social care services
  • Improvement of health and social care services
  • Patient/service user advocacy
  • Staff engagement
  • Customer Service Excellence