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This page contains updates on the latest social professionals news from RNIB and our partners.

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Latest news

Join the Later Life and Sight Loss Network
We are inviting you to join the Later Life Network – a new network being set up for people working with older people. Whether you’re a rehab worker, sight loss advisor, care worker, or simply interested in research and service innovation on sight loss in later life, this network may be for you.

New research
There are two new pieces of research that may be of interest this month - one on loneliness and social isolation and sight loss, and another on the association of visual impairment with comorbidity.

Care Act regulations and guidance
Care Act regulations and guidance were published on 24 October by the Department of Health. On initial reading, there is much to be welcomed, particularly in relation to rehabilitation, eligibility, registers, provision of information and some aspects of charging.

The latest from VISAL: International conference and new short film.

Directory of services for people with sight loss
The Sightline directory is a directory of services aimed at helping blind and partially sighted people.

Sight Loss Data Tool updates
We have made some updates to the Sight Loss Data Tool.

New Dementia factsheets
Two new dementia factsheets have been produced by the Vision 2020 Dementia and Sight Loss Interest Group.

Department of Health funds early intervention and rehabilitation service
RNIB has secured funding to develop a new, innovative approach to health and social care.

The VISAL toolkit: Increasing the participation of older people in civic society
The VISAL toolkit is now available from the RNIB website. The VISAL toolkit was produced as part of the European VISAL project.

New guidance: Homes for people with dementia and sight loss
RNIB Cymru have recently published “Homes for people with dementia and sight loss: a guide to designing and providing safe and accessible environments”.

Older People Professionals network survey
Please take part in our survey and let us know what you think of our enewsletter.

OPTiC: Innovative partnership working
The OPTiC project enabled older people to manage the changes in later life and reduce isolation.

RNIB Research Day 2014: Rehabilitation and social care
On 20 October RNIB will be hosting its annual Research Day. The theme this year is Rehabilitation and Social Care.

Dementia and sight loss information now part of SCIE's Dementia Gateway
A new section on "Dementia and sensory loss" has been added to The Social Care Institute for Excellence’s Dementia Gateway.

Latest research published
We have published a number of research reports that you may find useful.

New heating guide produced for blind and partially sighted people
A new guide offering practical advice on choosing and using heating controls to stay warm and save energy has been produced by the Thomas Pocklington trust.

Learning opportunites for visually impaired senior citizens
We have been developing non-formal learning opportunities for visually impaired senior citizens with a view to increase their active engagement and full involvement in civil society.

New resources for people recently diagnosed with an eye condition
We have launched a new series of publications to provide information for people who have recently been diagnosed with an eye condition.

Support volunteer for Living with sight loss course
We are looking for someone to support our facilitators in delivering a six week Living with Sight Loss course.

Knowledge and research hub

We are a leading source of information on sight loss and the issues affecting blind and partially sighted people. Access our statistics, evidence and reports in our research hub.

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