Enventure Research was recently commissioned by the General Optical Council (GOC) to undertake research with its registrants and the general public exploring perceptions about the current process of assessing patients’ fitness to drive and their views about how public protection could be improved.
At present, it is the responsibility of the driver to inform the DVLA (DVA in Ireland) if they have been advised that they might be unfit to drive. Opticians must use their professional judgement about whether to inform the DVLA/DVA in cases where the patient cannot or will not; however notifying the DVLA/DVA without a patient’s consent raises issues around overriding confidentiality.
A mixed quantitative and qualitative approach to the research was taken. Enventure Research had previously carried out the GOC’s 2017 Public Perceptions Survey, which included questions about who respondents thought should be legally responsible for notifying the DVLA/DVA if a patient is unfit to drive, and whether this would discourage people from attending for an eyesight test. The Public Perceptions Survey was administered online to a representative sample of respondents based on gender and age within each UK nation and received over 3,000 responses.
A further online survey was developed and distributed via email to all fully qualified GOC registrants with a valid email address. The survey explored registrants’ views about the current process of assessing patients’ fitness to drive and whether changes need to be made to help further protect the public. A high response rate of 19% was achieved, representing almost 4,000 registrants. Following the survey, a series of four focus groups was held with registrants and the public to provide further insight into the findings.
The findings of this research, presented in a research report, can be found on the GOC website here.
Enventure Research has recently been engaged to develop an accessible online survey for NHS health and social care staff regarding their attitudes towards sustainability, levels of uptake of sustainable actions and frequency, and how they can best be supported to take sustainable actions in the future that are positive for the environment and society.
The research is being conducted on behalf of the Sustainable Development Unit (SDU), a national unit based in Cambridge working on behalf of the health and social care system in England. The SDU supports the NHS, public health and social care to embed and promote sustainable development in environment, social and financial areas. It provides expert advice, support and practical help in meeting carbon reduction targets and engaging with individuals and organisations to change attitudes and behaviours to embrace a more sustainable lifestyle.
The survey will be developed by the SDU and Enventure Research to ensure that all of the questions are easily understandable for respondents and that the structure, format, length and ordering of the questionnaire is suitable and will elicit useful data. Enventure Research will also internally test and pilot the survey with a small number of individuals from the health and social care sector to ensure it is fit for purpose.
The survey will be going live in the next few weeks and the data from the survey will be provided to the SDU for analysis.
Engagement work to support the North and North East Lincolnshire CCGs in informing and involving patients, the public and stakeholders in regard to the procurement and recommissioning of the ophthalmology services is to begin shortly.
The service is currently a single service with additional day case support from an external provider. Plans are in place to split the service into two parts; a Clinical Assessment and Treatment Service (CAT), which will see the vast majority of patients as day cases, and a hospital based service (HES) for the small number of patients who require an admission or are a complex day case and need to be seen outside of the CAT service.
The purpose of the patient and stakeholder engagement is to communicate the ‘case for change’ and to identify patients’ priorities for ophthalmology services to inform the specification for procurement of the CAT service and the recommissioning of the inpatient (HES) service.
The CCGs are developing a survey for use online and in hard copy format. Enventure Research will provide support with survey design and host the online version of the survey, which will be promoted in outpatient clinics to patients, families and carers. The survey will be optimised for smartphones, PCs, laptops and tablets to ensure that respondents can take part no matter what device they are using. Patients will also be able to complete a paper version of the survey.
Enventure Research will analyse the results of the online survey alongside the paper responses. Qualitative feedback from a number of focus groups and meetings facilitated by the CCGs will also be analysed by Enventure Research. All feedback, both qualitative and quantitative, will be collated into one interpretive research report which will provide useful recommendations to the CCGs to inform the procurement and recommissioning of services.