See, Plan and Provide

All councils in England provide a service called vision rehabilitation which offers crucial training and advice to people with sight loss.

Evidence shows that many blind and partially sighted people are failing to receive vital vision rehabilitation support. According to the latest research the benefits of good vision rehabilitation avoids more than three times the cost of these services. Our current campaign, See, Plan and Provide, is calling for improved access to vision rehabilitation assessments and support.
 
Thanks to our fantastic supporters, many councils are becoming more aware of the value of vision rehabilitation. 
 
Now, with councils currently considering their budgets for the coming year, there is an urgent opportunity to ensure that vision rehabilitation services are given the right resources to see, plan and provide:
 
See: everyone with a visual impairment must receive a specialist face to face assessment.
Plan: everyone must have a plan in place, identifying the outcome of their assessment. The first two steps must take place within 28 days of first contact with the local authority.
Provide: any agreed vision rehabilitation support must start within 12 weeks of the person’s initial contact with the local authority.
 

Write to your councillor to ensure they budget for people in your area
to get the right support at the right time.

Find out all about the vital role a Vision Rehabilitation Officer plays by checking out our Diary of a Vision Rehabilitation Officer.

Resources 

Everyone has a role to play in ensuring that blind and partially sighted people receive tailored vision rehabilitation support. We’ve produced a range of resources to help you take action and improve services in your local area:
Real life examples show just what a difference this support can make:
Read about the campaign in NB, our online magazine for eye health professionals.

Resources for local authorities

We've also produced helpful guides for local authorities when commissioning services for blind and partially sighted people:

 

 

 

Past briefings 

Social care campaign news

We're campaigning to ensure that blind and partially sighted people have access to rehabilitation and social care services as well as ensuring that blind and partially sighted people's needs are met by the Care Act. 

Find out what we're doing on Social care