Public Health2019-04-16T10:28:55+01:00

Public Health Lead for BIOS

Public health is the promotion of health and well-being, prevention of ill-health and reducing health inequalities. The NHS Long Term Plan clearly sets out the vision towards a healthier nation with a focus on prevention and public health. In order to achieve this there needs to be an engagement of the wider health workforce to ensure we take a holistic view of our patients to improve their health and wellbeing. As orthoptists we are ideally placed to embrace this initiative and contribute to better health for all.

Jignasa (Jigs) Mehta – jigs@liverpool.ac.uk

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4 Priority Areas

With our AHP colleagues 4 priority areas have been chosen where we can make a difference:

  • giving children the best start in life
  • making every contact count
  • emotional health and wellbeing
  • health wellbeing of older adults

An effective and quick way to make an impact is by having healthy conversations and recording these on patient’s notes to measure the impact.

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Healthy Conversations

You can find how orthoptists can have healthy conversations in the context of their own work in the following scenarios:

Double Vision and Diabetes

How do you have a healthy conversation about your patient’s lifestyle choices? Do those patients with diabetes know the risks the disease has on their eyes and vision? Can you measure the impact of that healthy conversation on the patient’s lifestyle? This scenario is an example of how you can support a patient with diabetes in making healthy life choices.

IIH in children

This scenario demonstrates how a student Orthoptist can be supported in having a healthy conversation about topics they might find more difficult to discuss with patients and parents

Smoking in Thyroid Eye Disease

How do you have a healthy conversation about your patient’s lifestyle choices? Do those patients who smoke know the risks that has on their eyes and vision? Can you measure the impact of that healthy conversation on the patient’s lifestyle? This scenario is an example of how you can support a smoker with thyroid eye disease in making healthy life choices.

Public Health

Public Health is everybody’s business, whether you’re a doctor, nurse, or allied health professional. So how can you implement it into every day clinical practice? Here’s a short video that will equip you with the skills you need to Make Every Contact Count with your patients.

We also have a network of public health champions where they are promoting the public health message in their place of work, sharing good practice, motivating and empowering members of staff to engage with the public health agenda. If you would like to get involved contact jigs@liverpool.ac.uk

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Orthoptic priorities

Click each section to see what you can do to help.

What you can do to help

  • Contact the vision screening CAG for resources and information on how vision screening has been commissioned in other areas
  • Contact your Local authority/CCG to make the case for giving every child a healthy start and to reduce health inequalities if other areas are commissioning the service
  • Attend your local health and wellbeing board and/or Local Eye Health Network
  • Contact your Director of Public Health
  • Contact your falls team (community or hospital)
  • Establish the current provision of vision assessments of falls patients.
  • Offer an’orthoptic led’ vision assessment for all falls patients
  • Contact the ‘Falls’ CAG for advice or resources
  • Embed Public Health content into the Orthoptic Undergraduate curricula
  • Undergradue orthoptic students on clinical placements should be given the opportunity to develop their MECC skills to promote the health and wellbeing of individuals.
  • The orthoptic workforce are equipped with the skills to evaluate the local population health needs to develop or improve orthoptic services to improve population health.
  • Have a Public Health champion in each orthoptic department
  • An effective and quick way to make an impact is by having healthy conversations and recording these on patient’s notes to measure the impact.
  • Service evaluation to demonstrate impact on population outcomes
  • Social prescribing; being able to refer patients to non-clinical services to improve health and well-being
  • Check the data for your local population to identify service needs.
  • Heads of departments and Leaders of the Orthoptic profession to actively engage with workplace mental well-being
  • Demonstrate an awareness of mental health issues in students whilst on clinical placement
  • Signposting patients with mental health issues to local services/resources