The Low Review, Call for Evidence

22 August 2011

In the 2010 Spending Review the Government announced its intention to remove the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance, soon to become Personal Independence Payment, from people living in state-funded residential care. There has been a wide ranging debate over the impact of the removal of these payments. The purpose of this review is to hear from the widest possible

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Reforming the assessment for Employment and Support Allowance – make your views count

8 August 2011

We have major concerns about the fairness and effectiveness of the Work Capability Assessment (WCA). WCA is the test that is being used to assess who is eligible for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), a vital source of income for people who have limited capability for work because of illness and disability. You have a crucial opportunity to help improve

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Social Care changes – we really want to hear your views ……

21 July 2011

As you may know major changes to the way social care services are delivered are a high priority for government. This year is very important as a white paper will be issued laying out proposed new policy and new laws are planned to be introduced next year. Action for Blind People will be working with colleagues across the VI sector

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Fight for Sight Awards for Eye Research

21 July 2011

Fight for Sight, the UK’s leading charity dedicated to funding world class research into the prevention and treatment of blindness and eye disease, is pleased to announce that its 2012 grants round is now open and is inviting applications for the awards described below. Fight for Sight PhD Studentships: Applications are invited from PhD supervisors for studentships of up to

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Nystagmus Network Press Release: Nystagmus stories target schools and hospitals

2 July 2011

Nystagmus Network (NN) has published two story cards about Northwick the bear with nystagmus to help children, teachers and others understand what it’s like to have this unusual eye condition. One story card is for schools, the other for hospitals. The stories are based on the series “Tales of Northwick” written by NN information and development manager John Sanders. The

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Study Demonstrates Electrical Stimulation Therapy Safe and Well-Tolerated in Early Stage Retinitis Pigmentosa Patients

30 June 2011

Okuvision GmbH, an innovator in the field of electrical stimulation therapy (EST) for retinitis pigmentosa patients, announced the presentation of data from the company’s first sham-controlled pilot study. The study included 24 patients suffering from early and intermediate stage retinitis pigmentosa who were separated into three groups and received EST at varying strengths for 30 minutes per week for six

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Vision 2011 Conference, 16th June 2011

24 June 2011

The Vision 2011 Conference was on the 16th June 2011. NHS Alliance Chief Executive, Michael Sobanja launched new eye care Commissioning Guidance, Lord Howe, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Quality (with responsibility for eye care) spoke about ‘A vision of the ‘Big Society’ for eye care and sight loss provision and much more. This link is to the Vision

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UK Vision Strategy media release: Guidance launched to improve patient care and reduce costs

20 June 2011

On 16th June, NHS Alliance Chief Executive, Michael Sobanja launched new eye care commissioning guidance to aid clinical commissioning groups to provide quality, cost-effective eye care services for their patients. Speaking at the Vision UK 2011 conference Michael Sobanja said: “It is important to have patients right at the heart of eye care service commissioning. This new guidance will assist

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