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This is a temporary page on our website to provide some ideas on CPD whilst the majority of us are not able to undertake home visits. 

RWPN has not decided yet what dispensations (if any) will need to be made to CPD requirements but we know that CPD opportunities are hard to come by for the moment.  

This might be an ideal time to look at the CPD page on the members-only section of the website  (this link will only work if you are logged in). The version of the CPD scheme on this page has been updated this month to include guidelines around the quality of reflective practice that is expected.

These are just a few suggestions. 

We would love it if you could share any resources or ideas you may have. 

A forum for sharing ideas can be found here  - CPD in Lockdown.

  • 1)   Your own reflections on the impact of COVID-19 on practice

The current crisis has changed the way we all work now and is likely to change the way we work in the immediate future.  You might like to write a couple of separate CPD entries around your practice and your feelings about it, such as:

  • ยท        How has your role changed over the lockdown period and what changes has it brought about in the way you feel about services to blind and partially sighted people? (Has it made you reflect more on what matters most to people or the nature of community services, for instance?)
  • ยท        How do you think Vision Rehabilitation practice might change in the next few months and how prepared do you feel to face these changes? Do you think you will need to adapt your skills in any way?

Each of these entries may count for one hour’s worth of CPD perhaps.

  • 2)   JVIB

RWPN members automatically receive subscription to the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness (JVIB).  There is an extensive archive of past issues.  Worth finding something of interest. Access JVIB here 

  • 3)   Ted Talks – there is a whole world of Ted Talks most of which should be accessible to colleagues with little or no vision via You Tube.  Here are a couple for starters.

Daniel Kish “How I use sonar to navigate the world”

Deafblindness: Molly Watt   “Hear no, See no, Techno”

Mobility and exercise

Dona Sauerburger “Teaching Eccentric Vision for Mobility Purposes” – (audio described) 

Keeping fit and moving is essential for maintaining muscle tone and bone density.  Reduction in either of these can raise the risk of falls, in addition to the risks due to reduced sight and poor lighting.  Lockdown has seriously reduced opportunities for daily exercise.  This may be a useful resource Accessible exercises for blind people

Mental Health

link to the Spectrum Centre at the University of Lancaster that have developed a number of free multi media self help materials for people with bipolar and/or psychosis. The department is run by two professors of clinical psychology Steve Jones and Fiona Lobban. The tools have been developed over several years with service user input. A relatives recovery tool kit:


Professor Seb Crutch "The neuropsychology of dementia related to visual impairment"  Posterior Cortical Atrophy (from Vision UK conference)

The Many Faces of Dementia a four week (8 hour total), free training course.  Booking required. Next start date 11th May


How to change a diaper (one of  series of blind mom hacks "seeing blind")   

Brain Injury

The following link has not been tested for accessibility with screen readers I am afraid. Traumatic Brain Injury training module   

The role of technology around the home/smart houses

Webinar from Sight and Sound Technology December 2020

General Social Care    Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) run webinars on a wide range of subjects.  SCIE membership is free and well worth a look.

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