New CET e-learning enhances skills and accessibility when assisting patients with sight loss
A new CET e-learning course for optical professionals to develop practical skills when dealing with patients with a visual impairment has been launched by award-winning social businessman and Nystagmus Network trustee, Dan Williams of Visualise Training and Consultancy.
‘Seeing Beyond the Eyes’ provides clinical and non-clinical staff with the practical skills and confidence needed to effectively assist people and highlights how to refer patients to vital support services.
It covers sight loss facts and myths, eye conditions and their effects, emotional impacts, certification and registration, referrals to support services, accessibility, assistive technologies, communication, mobility and sighted guiding.
Having lived with sight loss from childhood, Dan fully appreciates the challenges and thanks to his lived and professional experiences, he understands what adjustments are needed and has designed the course accordingly.
He says, “Clinicians would often use medical jargon when talking to me rather than using terms I could understand. Also, there is often a fear of offending someone by offering assistance, but the skills gained by learners gives them the skills and confidence to overcome this.
Eyecare professionals are generally the first point of contact in a person’s sight loss journey so have an important role in empowering patients to access the support they need from organisations such as Nystagmus Network to deal with the initial shock of a serious diagnosis so they can move their lives forward.”
The course provides an ideal induction or refresher tool which can be completed online from any location and qualifies learners for 3 CET points when applicable.
The cost is £40 per learner and it can be completed online from any location.
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