The project aims to create a European academy that will design, develop, collect and test an innovative training pathway that will be tailored to the specific needs of healthcare professionals who work with ageing people with sensory impairment: vision and/or hearing.
The project will have real impact on workers at care centres for older people, social workers who specialise in geriatric care, as well as GPs and nurses.
The partnership is formed of a number of top universities across Europe, and Aston academic Professor Frank Eperjesi will be delivering his specialist knowledge to the consortia. Professor Eperjesi has specific expertise in how light can affect those with visual impairments, which will be turned into an innovative online module for healthcare professionals to use in their everyday jobs.
The project is cofunded by the Erasmus+ Programme, promoted by the European Commission. Erasmus+ provides grants for activities in the fields of education, training, youth and sport.
Professor Eperjesi said of the project: “This is the first time that a course has been developed aimed at people who are not specifically trained in sight and hearing and who are caring for people with sight and/or hearing loss.”
Professor Eperjesi was approached for the project due to his combined clinical and academic expertise, as it is unusual for experts in the field of low vision to have both clinical experience and academic experience. Professor Eperjesi has worked in NHS low vision clinics and those run by charities and have first-hand experience of working with people of all ages who have very poor eye sight, as well as lecturing all over the world on low vision, having published several research papers on the topic.
This innovative course will be free and be delivered and assessed totally online across Europe.
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