Service provision for blind and partially sighted people in Barnsley

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Healthwatch Barnsley arranged a meeting with visually impaired people to talk about the services available to them in the Barnsley area, in response to questions and concerns raised by several individuals, who had been newly diagnosed, and had expressed concern regarding lack of services in general for Blind and Partially Sighted people living in Barnsley. This report highlights the issues for some of the Blind and Partially Sighted people living in Barnsley. Initially this piece of work had intended to focus on the provision of social activities available in Barnsley. However, following discussions with service users and a number of organisations it became clear that there were other issues that it was important to capture. Subsequently the report reflects what Healthwatch Barnsley learnt, and is intended to prompt further discussion. The services for Blind and Partially Sighted People in Barnsley are limited, and those that are available appear to be underfunded and stretched beyond their capacity. People in Barnsley are accessing IT training and social groups by going to the Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind or Sight and Sound in Rotherham. The concern however, is for those people who are isolated from the community as a result of a lack of local provision (a) Because there is a waiting list for a Social Services Assessment and (b) A Visual Impairment Assessment (c) The people that Healthwatch Barnsley talked to tell them that when a visual impairment assessment takes place the waiting list for general support is so long that they, and to their knowledge other people are suffering with mental health issues. Following on from a joint visit to Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind including: Healthwatch Barnsley, Barnsley Blind and Partially Sighted Association, a BMBC Commissioner and service users, the CEO of Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind stated that if BMBC could offer them a level access building in the town centre they would look at what services they could get started working with partners.

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General details

Report title 
Service provision for blind and partially sighted people in Barnsley
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Barnsley
Date of publication 
Sunday, 1 July, 2018
Date evidence capture began 
Sunday, 1 July, 2018
Date evidence capture finished 
Sunday, 1 July, 2018
Type of report 
Enter and view
Key themes 
Building and facilities
Health inequalities
Health promotion
Information providing
Healthwatch reference number 

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
What type of organisation requested the work 
Primary research method used 
Engagement event
User stories
How was the information collected? 
Engagement Event
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Community services 

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Not known
Age group 
Not known
Not known
Not known
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Does the information include staff's views? 
Types of health and care professionals engaged 
Does the information include other people's views? 
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
What type of impact was determined? 
Implied Impact

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.