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Free Tier 1 Oliver McGowan Training for Optical Staff

29 February 2024

Oliver McGowan training


The Health and Social Care Act 2022 has made it a requirement of all CQC regulated health and care providers that all their staff – clinical and administrative – receive mandatory learning disability and autism awareness training by people with lived experience. Health Education England has developed the Oliver McGowan mandatory learning disability and autism training programme to this end.

Whilst this training is not mandatory for optical practice staff, it is still available. The barriers to eye care this group experience is well understood and so with Health Education England’s support, SeeAbility is currently offering this training in the optical sector.

SeeAbility is delivering Tier 1 training to optical professionals and non-clinical practice staff, including reception and optical assistant colleagues. Reception staff are usually the first point of contact but may be unaware of how the sight test can be made accessible including to patients who cannot access the letter chart.

There are two parts to Tier 1 training:

  1. You must complete E-Learning on The Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training On Learning Disabilities & Autism before you attend the webinar.
  2. Attend the live one hour webinar which we have logged with the GOC for one interactive point. The webinar is delivered by a trio of trainers including trainers with lived experience of learning disabilities and autism.

For more information, or to sign up to the webinar, please click here. Please note that you must complete the e-learning session before joining the webinar.

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