Training for health and social care professionals

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Sight loss can occur at any age, but incidences of sight loss and long-term health conditions increase with age.

RNIB's award-winning UK Practice and Development Team (UKPDT) can provide a range of training and professional development opportunities that can help develop your skills in supporting people with sight loss, with a focus on older people, and people with complex needs (learning disability, autism, dementia and stroke).

Our training brochure outlines our specialist complex needs training provision:

Download our specialist training brochure

Bespoke training for supporting older people with sight loss can be discussed and arranged by contacting UKPDT by calling 0141 772 5588 or email [email protected].

More about our specialist training

Our specialist training raises awareness of potential barriers to timely diagnosis and treatment, provides resources to support access to eye care services, and develops your skills to implement practical strategies for independent daily living by making simple changes to communication, guiding and the environment. Among the courses we offer are:

Vision training

We have three levels of vision training for health and social care professionals who would like to increase their knowledge about supporting people with complex needs and sight loss. The levels go up in terms of the depth of training and information, but participants are not required to have completed one level before moving up to another.

  • Level 1: Vision Awareness training
  • Level 2: Vision Friends training
  • Level 3: Vision Champion training

Sighted guide training

This training will provide you with the necessary skills to support guiding a person with sight loss and complex needs.

Training for optometrists

This training is for optometrists, dispensing opticians and practice staff to help them improve the experience of customers who have sight loss and complex needs, by adopting complex needs-friendly principles of practice.

Download our course brochure for more details about our specialist training services, or contact us with any queries on 0141 772 5588 or [email protected].