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CET Accredited Training – Seeing Beyond The Eyes

This course is specifically designed for optical and eye care professionals. Consultant Ophthalmologists, Optometrists (Optom’s), Dispensing Opticians (DO’s), Optical Assistants (OA’s) and Optical Nurses. This CET is facilitated by Visualise Training and Consultancy in association with Orbita Black Limited a GOC accredited CET Provider.

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This training course comprises of 3 x 1-hour interactive/discussion workshop modules of which registrants will accrue CET points for each hour attended.  This can be delivered as separate 1-hour modules or combined as a 3-hour module. All the sessions will provide you with 3 CET points for each hour or 9 points as a combined course.

This course is designed to enable, empower and engage optical professionals giving the knowledge to effectively support patients with low vision and to ‘see beyond the eyes’.

The sessions are very interactive with discussion groups, feedback to the lead facilitator from each group, and opportunities for questions throughout. The learning objectives will be reviewed at the beginning and end of the course. A feedback questionnaire will be distributed and registrants provided with a reflective learning statement which is to be completed and retained to enable reflection when accepting CET points.

Hour 1

Title: – Understanding Sight Loss

CET Number C-56609

Description

  • Understanding sight loss discusses the principle causes of sight loss in children, adults and the elderly
  • simulates the symptoms people with visual impairment experience and considers what reasonable adjustments should be made to better serve such patients.

Competencies Met

Optometrist:

  • Ocular Disease Standards of Practice

Dispensing Optician:

  • Ocular Abnormalities
  • Low Vision
  • Standards of Practice

Learning Objectives

8.1.2 Dispensing Opticians will understand the functional symptoms associated with the principle causes of serious sight loss including glaucoma, AMD, diabetic retinopathy, retinitis Pigmentosa, retinal detachment, hemianopia etc

6.1.2 Optometrists will understand the functional symptoms associated with the principle causes of serious sight loss including glaucoma, AMD, diabetic retinopathy, retinitis Pigmentosa, retinal detachment, hemianopia etc

6.1.1 Dispensing Opticians will understand the causes of low vision and its effects on daily living by conducting practical tasks with simulation glasses and discussion

2.13.8 Dispensing Opticians will better understand the needs of patients with low vision and what constitutes reasonable adjustments


Hour 2

Title : Supporting Patients with Sight Loss

CET Number C-56610

Supporting Patients with Sight Loss is the second part of the CET accredited Visual Impairment Awareness Training programme and discusses the implications of the Equality Act 2010 on practices and practitioners, and explores the difficulties experienced by patients with low vision in practices and the built environment more generally and further explores what reasonable adjustments should be made to better serve such patients.

Competencies Met:

Optometrist:

  • Standards of Practice
  • Communication

Dispensing Optician:

  • Standards of Practice
  • Communication

Learning Objectives

2.13.8 Dispensing Opticians will better understand the needs of patients with low vision and what constitutes reasonable adjustment

2.12.8 Optometrists will better understand the needs of patients with low vision and what constitutes reasonable adjustment

1.1.3 Dispensing Opticians will learn how to provide appropriate information and a suitable practice environment for patients with low vision.

1.1.3 Optometrists will learn how to provide appropriate information and a suitable practice environment for patients with a low vision


Hour 3

Title : Communicating with patients who have low vision

CET Number: C-56611

Communicating with patients who have low vision is the third part of the CET Accredited Visual Impairment Awareness Training programme.  This will include:

  • How to communicate effectively and guide patients with a visual impairmentT
  • The use of canes of guide dogs
  • The use of assistive technology and how it can enable independent living.

Competencies Met:

 Optometrists:

  • Standards of Practice
  • Communication

 Dispensing Optician:

  • Standards of Practice
  • Communication

Learning Objectives

2.13.8 Dispensing Opticians will better understand the needs of patients with a visual impairment and how to approach, communicate and guide

2.13.8 Optometrists will better understand the needs of patients with visual impairment and how to approach, communicate and guide

1.1.3 Dispensing Opticians will learn how to interact with blind and partially sighted patients and their guide dogs, understand the different types of canes, and various means of guiding patients who require assistance, as well as the most appropriate language to use.

1.1.3 Optometrists will learn how to interact with blind and partially sighted patients and their guide dogs, understand the different types of canes, and various means of guiding patients who require assistance, as well as the most appropriate language to use.


Course Leader:

This course is delivered by Daniel Williams who has a wealth of professional and personal knowledge, not only living with a visual impairment accessing eye care pathways himself but in his professional capacity as a sight loss Rehabilitation Assistant, qualified Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO), actively working with individuals with sight loss to aid their independence and empower them and their families. Daniel is also a Work-Place Needs Assessor ensuring people who acquires sight loss retain employment and also is involved in a number of panels, including, but not limited to the RNIB Working Age  and Transitions Panel which involves having a voice in shaping the direction of sight loss services.  Daniel is an active advocate for influencing positive change within the UK, to ensure all services are accessible for all. Daniel has also worked as a consultant for the Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB), delivering workplace adjustments and awareness training.

Provider – Orbita Black Limited

This CET is facilitated / presented by Visualise Training and Consultancy in association with Orbita Black Limited a GOC accredited CET Provider. Please help us to improve our training by providing feedback using the forms provided and via the CET Optics website when accepting points. CET Points are uploaded within 10 working days – after that period please get in touch with your name and number as they appears on the GOC register. Queries with regards to points or any complaints should be directed to orbitablack@gmail.com.

Please note that most delays in attendance submission are caused by delegates providing incorrect GOC numbers, practicing name (for example if you have recently married), or simply through illegible handwriting. It is a requirement of the CET that all delegates participate in the activities and / or discussions and are present for the full duration of each session for which points are to be awarded. Please be aware that any public CET session may be audited anonymously by the GOC to ensure published learning objectives are achieved and that providers and registrants comply with the scheme requirements.

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What do others say about this service?

“I think Visual Impairment Awareness Training should be compulsory for opticians – in 31 years this is the first time I have done it and despite helping Daniel with them, and feeling I am quite well up on low vision issues compared to most DOs there is not really any substitute for learning from someone who lives with VI every day. It was a moving and humbling experience and could make such difference to the lives of disabled people if opticians were experienced ambassadors for doing the right thing.” – Course Attendee

“This has been a thoroughly enjoyable and inspiring piece of interactive training. Daniel has given me complete understanding of issues visually impaired people come across on a daily basis, the session was informative, yet fun and light hearted. I would recommend this training to anyone in the Optical environment. Thank You” – Kelly Wannacott, Dispensing Optician

Cardiff Community Housing Association

This session made you aware of the sophisticated communications skills needed to provide appropriate support to ensure the person with impairment had an inclusive experience (in performing a task for example). I recommend this course to anyone in the optical profession and who support VI people in other fields such as education. Experience of how to guide a VI Px should be a requirement for all eye care practitioners and their staff – it was excellent – I’d definitely recommend it. It was also a really fun session the three sessions were over before we knew it. – Course Attendee

“This practical session of guiding and being guided around a physical environment with stairs and narrow passages (around a museum!) provided a unique perspective of the daily challenges a person with a visual impairment face. The session provided the learner with more confidence on how to guide someone with a visual impairment in an empowering and inclusive manner. ” – Course Attendee