Social care campaign

Social care and rehabilitation services are essential for anyone with sight loss, but they're under threat.

Protecting rehabilitation and care support

Rehabilitation services help people to adapt to their sight loss by providing skills and tools for independent living and mobility training. It's delivered by trained rehabilitation officers, and supported by staff that have the skills, knowledge and experience to understand the unique challenges of sight loss.

In October 2014 the Government published the regulations and guidance which underpin the Care Act. These set out how local authorities should provide care and support in England. Thanks again to everyone who has supported our campaign, together we influenced the Care Act. There is much to be welcomed within the regulations and guidance, particularly in relation to rehabilitation: 

  • For the first time rehabilitation for blind and partially sighted are acknowledged in statutory guidance.
  • Rehabilitation services must be provided to people based on their needs and shouldn’t be limited to six weeks. 
  • Everyone who has a need for rehabilitation support should receive it. Local authorities cannot restrict access to the service based on a person’s eligibility for care and support.

The Care Act will come into force in April this year. Our challenge for 2015 is to ensure that these regulations and guidance are implemented by local authorities, ensuring blind and partially sighted people have access to rehabilitation and care support. We will campaign to ensure these vital services are provided, and ask for improvement to existing services where needed. For more information please read our Rehab policy statement:

We will be monitoring implementation and challenging local authorities that fail to deliver decent rehab. If you know of any problems with rehab locally, please let us know by calling 020 7391 2123, or email campaign@rnib.org.uk.

Our Care Act resources

If you'd like to read more on what else the Care Act states, take a look at our short briefing on the social care regulations and guidance:

If you work for a local authority, take a look at our briefing on how the Care Act should be implemented:

This Social care campaign is focused on legislation in England, but you can find out how you can get involved in the rest of the UK by visiting our campaigning in your area section.