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Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) Glossary Term

CIW registers, inspects and takes action to improve the quality and safety of services for the well-being of the people of Wales. They carry out functions on behalf of Welsh Ministers; decide who can provide services; inspect and drive improvement of regulated services and local authority social services; undertake thematic reviews of social care services; take action to ensure services meet legislative and regulatory requirements; and investigate concerns raised about regulated services.
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Care Management Glossary Term

A system of organising care for vulnerable adults by local authorities.
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Care Plan Glossary Term

The plan of treatment or actions agreed with a service user following an assessment of need by a health or care agency.
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Carer Glossary Term

Someone, usually unpaid, and often a friend or family member who supports a person with social care needs either full time or part time.
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Commissioning - Individual Glossary Term

Involves buying services to produce an individually tailored package of support. Individual commissioning links to personal budgets and Individual Service Funds (ISF)and aims to ensure that services meet an individual's assessed needs and produces the best outcomes.
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Community Care Services Glossary Term

Services helping people live full and independent lives. They are intended to help people overcome particular difficulties, and to assist people to live in their own home/local area, for as long as possible.
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Community Health Services Glossary Term

Services such as district nursing, which are provided by NHS staff working in the community.
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Community Nurse Glossary Term

Community nurses are registered nurses who work in the community: in people's homes, in schools and in local surgeries and health centres. The people they work with may be ill or disabled. Community nurses also look after people whose health may be particularly vulnerable, such as older people, children, people with mental ill-health or people with learning disabilities. They visit people at home to provide health care - for example, changing dressings or giving injections - and help people get any home nursing aids and equipment they need. Community nurses can provide help and advice on a wide range of health issues. The term includes practice nurses, district nurses, community mental health nurses, health visitors and school nurses.
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Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) Glossary Term

The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) is an executive agency of the Home Office, which provides wider access to criminal record information. This service enables organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors to make safer recruitment decisions by identifying candidates who may be unsuitable for certain jobs, especially where that job involves contact with children or vulnerable adults. The CRB was established under Part V of the Police Act 1997 and was launched in March 2002.
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Carer's Allowance Glossary Term

Carer's Allowance is a weekly payment to help you look after someone with substantial caring needs. You don't have to be related to, or live with, the person you care for. You need to be aged 16 or over and spend at least 35 hours a week caring for them. Carer's Allowance can affect your other benefits.
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Cinema Exhibitor's Association Card Glossary Term

This is a national card that can be used to verify that the holder is entitled to one free ticket for a person accompanying them to the cinema. To apply for the card you will need submit proof to show that you are in receipt of Disability Living Allowance or Attendance Allowance and/or are a registered blind person. There is an annual charge for the card.
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Concessionary bus fares Glossary Term

The Welsh Government provides financial support to enable local authorities in Wales to provide free travel on registered local bus services for residents of Wales aged over 60 years and disabled of any age. The support also provides free travel on local buses by companions to disabled persons. Provision also exists to allow those persons eligible for a bus pass but unable to use a bus because of a disability, to be able to receive passes for other more accessible forms of transport. Local Authorities have discretion to issue travel tokens to enable disabled concessionary bus pass holders to use other forms of transport.
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Council Tax benefit Glossary Term

Council Tax Benefit is money off your Council Tax bill. You may get it if you are on a low income or claiming benefits and your savings are below a certain level - usually £16,000. You can apply if you own your home, rent, live rent-free, are unemployed or working.
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Cataract Glossary Term

Cataracts are formed when the lens inside the eye gradually changes and becomes less transparent (clear), making vision mistier. More information at Cataract page.
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Cerebrovascular disease Glossary Term

Cerebrovascular diseases are conditions caused by problems that affect the blood supply to the brain. One of the most common types is stroke, which can cause loss of vision in one eye or on one side of the field of vision
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Charles Bonnet syndrome Glossary Term

A condition where people who have lost their sight experience hallucinations.
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Chorioretinitis (choroid retinitis) Glossary Term

A form of uveitis where the inflamation affects the back of the eye.
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Choroidal degeneration Glossary Term

Mentioned on CVI, but no reliable definition found.
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Coat's Disease Glossary Term

A progressive condition of the retinal capillaries which occurs in children and young adults, usually males.
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Coloboma Glossary Term

A gap in part of the structure of the eye, caused when a baby's eyes do not develop properly in pregnancy.
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Colour blindness Glossary Term

Effects can vary: there are extremely rare cases where people are unable to see any colour at all, but most can see as clearly as other people but are unable to fully see red, green or blue.
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Congenital cataracts Glossary Term

Cataracts which are present at birth (rather than as part of the ageing process).
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Corneal dystrophies Glossary Term

A group of eye conditions affecting the cornea.
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Corneal transplantation Glossary Term

A treatment rather than condition??
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CHARGE syndrome Glossary Term

An acronym for the set of unusual congenital features seen in a number of newborn children. The letters stand for: coloboma of the eye, heart defects, atresia of the nasal choanae, retardation of growth and/or development, genital and/or urinary abnormalities, and ear abnormalities and deafness. These features are no longer used in making a diagnosis of CHARGE syndrome, but the name remains. CHARGE syndrome is the leading cause of congenital deafblindness.
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child Glossary Term

A person who is aged under 18.
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Club Glossary Term

Formal or informal group of individuals, often with shared experiences or seeking a similar aim.
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Clinic lead Glossary Term

A designated person responsible for the development of a clinical service, ensuring the quality of care is good and best practice is maintained and upheld.
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Clinical audit Glossary Term

Clinical audit involves improving the quality of patient care by looking at current practice and modifying it where necessary.
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Closed circuit television Glossary Term

CCTV (also known as a video magnifier) is a magnifying aid for people with some useful vision. Printed material and objects can be placed under a camera and the magnified image is displayed on a television screen or computer monitor. They are mostly used for reading, but can also be used for writing and other activities such as sewing.
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Community and Demand Responsive transport Glossary Term

A general term to cover a range of services enabling people who are unable to use public transport to make journeys. Includes dial a ride and demand responsive local buses. Services are usually based locally and arrangements for using the service (and charges) vary according to the provider in your area.
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