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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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Eye Clinic Liaison Officer Glossary Term

ECLOs work closely with medical and nursing staff in the eye clinic, as well as the sensory team in social services, to connect you with the practical and emotional support you need to understand your diagnosis, deal with your sight loss and maintain your independence.
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Eye Health Examination Wales (EHEW) Glossary Term

EHEW is a replacement for both PEARS and WEHEW services. It enable patients with sudden onset eye problems and those in at-risk categories for developing eye disease or those who would find losing their sight particularly difficult to obtain a free eye examination from an accredited optometrist in the community.
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General Ophthalmic Services (GOS) Glossary Term

The provision of sight tests when clinically necessary to eligible patients by optometrists or ophthalmic medical practitioners including providing optical vouchers to eligible patients to assist them in the purchase of glasses or contact lenses.
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HLA-B27 Glossary Term

Human leukocyte antigen (HLA) B27 is implicated in certain eye disorders such as acute anterior uveitis and iritis, psoriatic arthritis and ulcerative colitis associated spondyloarthritis.
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Local Health Board Glossary Term

The overall function of a Welsh Local Health Board is to improve the health of the responsible population, develop primary health services, and commission community and secondary care services. A Welsh Local Health Board will, if it so wishes and is capable of doing so, be able to provide directly a range of community health services, creating new opportunities to integrate primary and community health services as well as health and social care provision.
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Medical Glossary Term

Of or pertaining to the practice of medicine. The medical model of Disability focuses on impairments rather than social and attitudinal barriers cf. Social Model of Disability.
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NHS Wales (GIG Cymru) Glossary Term

NHS Wales:Gwasanaeth Iechyd Gwladol Cymru is the publicly funded healthcare system of Wales and is the responsibility of the Welsh Government. It provides emergency services and a range of primary care, secondary care and specialist tertiary care services
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NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership (SSP) Glossary Term

The NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership is a dedicated Shared Services organisation which shares common operating standards in line with best practice, has sufficient scale to optimise economies of scale and purchasing power and has an excellent customer care ethos and focus on service quality. They support the statutory Health Boards and NHS Trusts in Wales and provide professional advice and support to Welsh Government.
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Optometry Wales Glossary Term

Optometry Wales is the professional umbrella organisation for all community optometrists, opticians and dispensing opticians in Wales. It represents the profession in lobbying and negotiation with Welsh Government, responding to consultations and ensuring the profession is represented at all levels in Wales
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Post-payment Verification (PPV) Glossary Term

A process of financial audit of NHS claims. PPV is carried out by the Shared Services Partnership (SSP) in-line with an agreed protocol. The SSP is entitled to inspect records relating to NHS patients, including mixed NHS and private records relating to a patient.
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Primary Eyecare Acute Referral Service (PEARS) Glossary Term

An eye examination for patients with an eye problem requiring urgent attention that was available from the community optometrist free of charge to the patient. This service was available from 2003-2012 but has been superseded by the EHEW.
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Vision Impairment Glossary Term

Visual impairment, vision impairment, or low vision is a severe reduction in vision that cannot be corrected with standard glasses or contact lenses and reduces a person's ability to function at certain or all tasks.
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Wales Eye Care Service (WECS) Glossary Term

A new eyecare service, introduced in 2012, that is structured so that patients can be managed appropriately and effectively by optometrists in the community. The three banding structure includes Eye Health Examination Wales (EHEW), further investigation/ examinations and a follow-up service. The service is free to patients in Wales who are eligible under one of the categories for a WECS and visit an accredited optometrist.
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Wales Optometry Postgrad Education Centre (WOPEC) Glossary Term

WOPEC is the first postgraduate education centre for optometry in the world and is dedicated to excellence in eye care education through quality and independence. WOPEC provides short courses for optometrists and eye care professionals as well as certified postgraduate courses and helps to facilitate training and accreditation for the WECS. It is located in the School of Optometry in Cardiff University.
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Welsh Eye Health Examination Wales (WEHEW) Glossary Term

The aim of the WEHEW is to detect those patients at increased risk of eye disease and those patients who would find losing their sight particularly difficult. Patients in Wales were entitled to a free at the point of access WEHEW eye examination from an accredited optometrist if they fulfilled specific criteria. This service was available from 2003-2012 but has been superseded by the EHEW.
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Welsh Government (WG)/ Llywodraeth Cymru Glossary Term

The Welsh Government is the devolved Government for Wales. It has legislative powers in key areas of public life such as health, education and the environment.
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Welsh Optometric Committee (WOC) Glossary Term

The Welsh Optometric Committee (WOC) is the Statutory Advisory Committee to the Welsh Government (WG), advising on all aspects of optometry and optometrists issues in Wales. It consists of Members from Regional Optometric Committees, Cardiff University School of Optometry and the Hospital Eye Service in Wales. It has observers from WG, WOPEC, and a reciprocal observer from the Ophthalmology Specialist Advisory Group (OSAG: part of Welsh Medical Committee). It occasionally commissions sub-groups for the purposes of developing particular areas of influence.
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