We are committed to helping early intervention staff and volunteers reach a common standard of knowledge and care. That’s why we run a variety of courses and networks to support the development of the ECLO and other early intervention roles, and connect them to like-minded peers across the UK.
Accredited Eye Clinic Support Studies Course
Already an ECLO or want to become one? RNIB runs a four-day Eye Clinic Support Studies Course, accredited by City University London, for staff working within eye clinics across the UK. The course is designed to equip eye clinic and related staff to competently address the emotional and practical needs of patients or clients on their eye care journey. It encourages you to identify key factors in providing effective support and to reflect on how to promote these in the clinical context in which you work.
Dates of Upcoming courses with available spaces in 2017:
- 6-9 February 2017 (Birmingham)
- 3-6 April 2017
NOTE: Due to the high level of demand, we are currently prioritising places for those who are working as ELCOs/Sight Loss Advisors in Eye departments.
Find out more about the benefits of attending and what others have said about the course
To book your place, complete the following application form and send it to the details below.
Eye clinic staff seminars
RNIB hosts a series of one day seminars focusing on specific elements of eye clinic practice. These seminars offer the opportunity for those in Early Intervention support roles, i.e ECLO’s, early intervention support workers and volunteers to meet others working in early intervention support based in eye clinic settings. Seminars will include demonstrations of the latest RNIB products and resources to support blind and partially sighted people, dedicated CPD sessions, Peer Review and opportunities to share best practice, ideas and learning.
To find out more and to apply, download our course information document.
Dates for 2017 seminars are below:
11 July 2017 (London)
Early Intervention Support – one day course
The SEARCH (Support for Early Reach in Clinics and Hospitals) project offers free training, continuing professional development and facilitated networking for volunteers, nurses and information/advice workers in hospital eye department and clinical settings. The aim is to ensure that practical and emotional support in eye clinics is offered to a consistent standard across England.
To find out more about SEARCH training and, how it can benefit you, download our course information below:
This project will be ending in Summer 2015, so get in touch now!
Early Intervention Support Network (EISN)
The Early Intervention Support Network (EISN) is an email discussion network, established to support staff and volunteers working within eye clinic settings, providing front-line services to newly-diagnosed blind and partially sighted people including those diagnosed with a sight-threatening condition.
The aim of the network is to create a community - of those working within eye clinics across the UK - that offers the opportunity for peer support, development and dissemination of best practice, problem solving, sharing ideas, experiences and resources.
To find out more about EISN and subscribe, download our EISN guidance now!
Eye Care Professionals UK group on LinkedIn
RNIB have launched the LinkedIn Eye Care Professionals UK
group. LinkedIn is a form of social media, similar to Facebook and Twitter but with a purely professional focus and is an excellent way to connect with professionals in the field of eye health.
The aim of the Eye Care Professionals UK group is to bring together professionals working in or with an interest in eye health to share resources, discuss issues and ideas and seek advice. This includes ophthalmologists, optometrists, ophthalmic nurses, GPs, eye clinic staff, public health specialists and more. Join us now
to be part of this exciting community.