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Raising the standard of Vision
Rehabilitation in England
Josh Feehan and Simmone Miller, Evidence and
Service Impact Tea...
How many people are living with sight loss in the
UK?
• There are over 2 million people living with sight loss
• 20% over ...
RNIB – Our Priorities
• We are the leading charity for blind and partially sighted
people in the UK.
• Our work is built o...
What we do at RNIB?
• Partnership working with key stakeholders e.g.
Specsavers
• RNIB Connect
• Campaigning for change
• ...
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Purpose of presentation
• Explain what is vision rehabilitation
• Role of Rehabilitation Worker
• Raise awareness of vis...
What is Vision Rehabilitation?
• Crucial part of the sight loss journey
• Rehabilitation Worker
• Vision rehabilitation gi...
Need for sustainable Vision Rehabilitation
• Prevalence of sight loss in older people
• 2% growth in certifications
• 23% ...
Principles of Good Practice
 Built on existing evidence
 Extensive consultation with over 130 professionals and
blind an...
10 Principles of Good Practice in Vision
Rehabilitation
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Early Intervention and Rehabilitation Project
• Department of Health funded
• 3 year programme
• 3 key objectives
• Progra...
Vision for the future
• 10 Principles of Good Practice to influence service
practice
• All blind and partially sighted peo...
10 Good Practice Principles: ww.rnib.org.uk/rehabprinciples
See, plan and provide campaign: www.rnib.org.uk/’see-and-
plan...
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  1. 1. 1 Raising the standard of Vision Rehabilitation in England Josh Feehan and Simmone Miller, Evidence and Service Impact Team, Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) Rehabilitation International World Congress 26 October 2016
  2. 2. How many people are living with sight loss in the UK? • There are over 2 million people living with sight loss • 20% over 75 years old • 30% over 80 years old • 50% over 90 years old 2
  3. 3. RNIB – Our Priorities • We are the leading charity for blind and partially sighted people in the UK. • Our work is built on 4 key priorities: 1. Being there 2. Independence 3. Inclusion 4. Prevention 3
  4. 4. What we do at RNIB? • Partnership working with key stakeholders e.g. Specsavers • RNIB Connect • Campaigning for change • Sight Loss Advisors 4
  5. 5. 5 Purpose of presentation • Explain what is vision rehabilitation • Role of Rehabilitation Worker • Raise awareness of vision rehabilitation • Benefits of vision rehabilitation to blind and partially sighted people • Share what good practice looks like in vision rehabilitation • Consider the vital role of local vision rehabilitation services
  6. 6. What is Vision Rehabilitation? • Crucial part of the sight loss journey • Rehabilitation Worker • Vision rehabilitation gives blind and partially sighted people the skills and confidence to: • Live more safely and independently at home • Travel independently including safely crossing roads • Utilise technology including smart phones • Remain in employment 6
  7. 7. Need for sustainable Vision Rehabilitation • Prevalence of sight loss in older people • 2% growth in certifications • 23% (1.3 million) increase in ophthalmic appointments • 1 in 5 blind or partially sighted people unable to access Social Care services (My Voice) • Rehabilitation budgets reduced by 15% • Only 46% referred on to vision rehabilitation services • Decrease in vision rehabilitation workforce 7
  8. 8. Principles of Good Practice  Built on existing evidence  Extensive consultation with over 130 professionals and blind and partially sighted people  What do the principles cover?  Who are they for?  Where to find the principles 8
  9. 9. 10 Principles of Good Practice in Vision Rehabilitation 9
  10. 10. Early Intervention and Rehabilitation Project • Department of Health funded • 3 year programme • 3 key objectives • Programme activities • National campaign – See, Plan and Provide 10
  11. 11. Vision for the future • 10 Principles of Good Practice to influence service practice • All blind and partially sighted people to be aware of the benefits of vision rehabilitation • To be empowered to ask for the support they need to have a better quality of life 11
  12. 12. 10 Good Practice Principles: ww.rnib.org.uk/rehabprinciples See, plan and provide campaign: www.rnib.org.uk/’see-and- plan’ Get in touch: Joshua.feehan@rnib.org.uk Simmone.miller@rnib.org.uk Thank you for listening 12 Further information

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