7 Apr 2015
31 Mar 2015
Keynote presentation by Parvaneh Rabiee at Visual Impairment and Deafblindness: A Research and Practice Day, Making Research Count event, University of York, 23 April 2015.
30 Mar 2015
17 Mar 2015
12 Mar 2015
11 Mar 2015
Presentation by Wendy Mitchell at the NIHR School for Social Care Research Annual Conference, London School of Economics, 24 March 2015.
3 Mar 2015
A quarter of local authorities restrict access to vision rehabilitation on the basis of social care assessment, says York research
New research from the University of York’s Social Policy Research Unit (SPRU) provides evidence that securing specialist vision rehabilitation support gives people with sight loss confidence, makes them feel safer and helps maintain independence. However the research, commissioned by sight loss charity, Thomas Pocklington Trust, shows that some people are not receiving this essential support. In a national survey of English vision rehabilitation services, a quarter of services inappropriately required people to have a Fair Access to Care Services (FACS) assessment to determine if they were eligible, meaning that people have to develop a substantial care need before they get support. In addition, funding cuts put services under pressure, creating long waiting lists, staff reductions and fewer opportunities for staff training. Summary and report available here.