Register of Vision Rehabilitation Specialists and Qualified Habilitation Specialists
The purpose of the register is to:
It is vital that the public, employers, commissioners and workers have a clear understanding of the professional risks associated with practice. Vision rehabilitation is focused on enabling people who are losing (or have lost) their sight to do things they used to do with sight and some of these are intrinsically risky. Poor practice, or practice undertaken by an unqualified worker (where they are untrained for a specific risk) creates avoidable risk. RWPN has created an "Assessment of Professional Risk" associated with the key tasks of a Vision Rehabilitation or Habilitation Specialist. The final page of the document provides a matrix for understanding the documented risk.
Where a member of the public or another professional has a concern about one of our registrants they can raise a concern or complaint about them, which we will investigate. If, after investigation, the concern is upheld, we may issue a sanction. A sanction is way of helping the registrant to learn from the situation or, in the most serious cases, preventing them from practising for a specified period of time. See below for more information about concerns and sanctions.
RWPN's register is an Accredited Register with the Professional Standards Agency, and has been endorsed as best practice by ADASS (Association of Directors of Adult Social Services) and Visionary (the representative body for local Vision Impaired Charities and organisations). ADASS Vision Rehabilitation registration Position Statement Autumn 2022.docx.pdf