Visual Impairment Workplace Assessment in the UK

Specialised Support for Employees with Sight Loss

Visualise Training and Consultancy offers specialist Visual Impairment Workplace Assessments in the UK for employees facing sight loss or low vision challenges. By working closely with staff members who are blind or partially sighted, we identify barriers and health and safety concerns, offering practical solutions to enhance their work experience. These assessments can be conducted virtually by phone or video call, or face-to-face at your workplace.

 
 
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Recognising the Signs of Vision Loss

Spotting the early signs of vision loss is crucial for timely intervention. Here are some indicators:

  • Becoming clumsy and struggling to navigate the office, shop floor, or workplace
  • Difficulty in visually recognising colleagues
  • Finding computer screens, print, and handwritten documents difficult to read
  • Experiencing eye fatigue or pain, and discomfort with bright lights
  • Suffering from migraines, headaches, and overall tiredness
  • Facing difficulties in dark or dim environments and with judging depth

Watch our video to understand why a Visual Impairment Workplace Assessment is so important…

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What Our Workplace Assessment Identifies

Our comprehensive Visual Impairment Workplace Assessment in the UK will address several critical aspects:

  • The background history of the employee’s sight loss
  • Existing equipment used by the employee
  • Health and safety concerns
  • Advice and guidance for managers
  • Barriers an employee faces due to their visual impairment
  • Specialist visual aids, sight loss resources, and equipment needed to perform duties effectively
  • Training needs for the recommended aids for partially sighted and blind people
  • Impact of environmental factors such as lighting, signage, and office layout
  • Reasonable adjustment recommendations, including flexible working, additional breaks, and administration of medication
  • Factors affecting the employee’s mobility to, from, and within the workplace
  • Installation, configuration, and scripting of assistive technology software
  • Referrals to social services, charities for the blind, and signposting to other useful sight loss links and resources
  • Company-wide provisions, such as visual impairment awareness training for colleagues
  • Home-related factors that may impact workplace performance
  • Emotional support and developing coping strategies
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Why and When Should You Commission a Visual Impairment Workplace Assessment?

A Visual Impairment Workplace Assessment in the UK should be conducted as soon as sight challenges are suspected or identified in a new starter or existing employee. Causes of sight loss can include illness (such as diabetes), infection, injury, or hereditary eye conditions. It’s advisable to update assessments every two years, or sooner if new barriers are identified.

As a responsible employer, complying with equality legislation by making reasonable adjustments is essential. This not only ensures legal compliance but also results in employees feeling supported and valued, which maximises their productivity and well-being at work.

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The Workplace Assessment Procedure

To initiate a Visual Impairment Workplace Assessment in the UK, please download and return the workplace assessment referral form at the bottom of this page. Upon receipt of the completed form, a face-to-face or virtual assessment will be arranged with your employee. The procedure is as follows:

  • Assignment: One of our specialist visual impairment consultants will be assigned to the referral.
  • Scheduling: A workplace assessment appointment will be arranged within three working days of receiving the referral.
  • Assessment: Upon agreeing on a convenient date, the consultant will conduct the assessment.
  • Reporting: Following the sight loss assessment, a detailed report will be sent within 10 working days to the employer, insurer, and/or occupational health provider.
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Client Testimonials

Here’s what our clients say about our Visual Impairment Workplace Assessments in the UK:

HA – Assistant Manager at a Leading UK Bank

“I have undergone corneal transplant surgery which has not been a great experience. However, Dan’s input was invaluable during my return to work journey. His assessment was immensely thorough and his expertise and knowledge proved to be very useful and resourceful to me personally, and our business.

I encourage anyone involved in supporting employees with visual impairments to contact Dan as he provides a wealth of information and can help to ensure that managers deliver the correct support to enable employees to retain and develop their roles.

I now look forward to developing my career thanks to Dan’s recommendations which have given me renewed confidence.”

Company Director

“I have advanced proliferative diabetic retinopathy in both eyes and was referred for an assessment. Dan had already familiarised himself with my condition, was incredibly knowledgeable about the benefits, support and services available to me and was refreshingly open about sharing his experiences of dealing with his sight loss journey.

He made several recommendations about how my employer could help me and followed up on each of these very promptly. The software and equipment have been ordered and my sensory support social worker has referred me for mobility training on long guide cane use.”

Susie, Hampshire

“Dan was brilliant from start to finish. The most incredible thing was that he understood from the inside out the difficulties I was experiencing at work and proposed simple solutions to enable me to succeed.

He signposted me to RNIB services and a local charity that could guide me through the process and suggest assistive technology solutions that are real lifesavers, as well as recommending a support worker. She has been a Godsend, and now instead of working flat out to keep up, she takes the admin tasks from me so I can concentrate on performing my job more effectively.

I would thoroughly recommend Dan because his commitment, understanding and meticulous attention to detail about my individual needs and bespoke solutions were second to none.”

George, Customer Service Adviser

“From the get-go, your team made me feel comfortable, supported, and more than just another client. You truly went above and beyond to support me at a difficult time in my life, being new to sight loss.

I was anxious about having an assessment, but you put me at ease and your consultant was very knowledgeable. Thank you for the adjustments you have recommended, they’ve made my working life so much easier!”

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“My optician said it was the most comprehensive report he’d seen.”

“It was lovely to have a personal email from Dan, the Founding Director of Visualise. This was my fifth assessment (4 being from another provider) and it was, by far, the most detailed one.”

“My assessor was passionate and friendly. She asked about all my conditions and how they impact my work and personal life. We discussed helpful adjustments and she made excellent recommendations.”

“I didn’t feel like I was being questioned or judged so felt at ease and reassured. The advisor was an absolute star and she covered all areas in detail.”

 

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Get Started with Visualise Training and Consultancy

At Visualise Training and Consultancy, we are committed to providing comprehensive and empathetic support for employees with visual impairments. Our Visual Impairment Workplace Assessments in the UK are designed to identify challenges and recommend practical solutions that enhance productivity and well-being.

 
 
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How to make a referral on behalf of someone who has sight loss…

You can make an online referral by using this form – here’s the download link…

Download and complete the above form, then email it to us at [email protected]