Detailed needs assessments

Physical and Sensory Disabilities

Sight loss photo

Physical disabilities include orthopaedic, neuromuscular, cardiovascular and pulmonary disorders. The physical disability can be congenital or as a result of injury or amputation, or other conditions such as cerebral palsy, heart disease, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis or pulmonary disease. It can also be due to old age (frailty). Physical disability is often categorised into three main areas: mobility; visual and hearing impairment.

The PANSI and POPPI tools contain estimates (and projections) of the number of people in Swindon with different disabilities:


Sight loss

The purpose of this 2015 Sight Loss JSNA Profile is to investigate the nature of sight loss in Swindon and identify any gaps and recommendations to improve services and enhance people’s quality of life. It focuses on sight loss in general rather than specifically on access to ophthalmology services.  The recommendations will be taken forward by the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and other partners as part of their service redesign programme.


Further resources

JSNA Annual Summary – Physical and sensory disabilities

The JSNA Annual Summary contains a section on physical and sensory disabilities which can be accessed below. This summary page is only updated in March each year.








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