Specialist Deafblind Assessor

This is our level 3 OCN qualification developed to meet the requirements of The Care Act 2014 as “specialist training to carry out assessment of people who are deafblind” for non-complex cases.

This unique training and qualification has been developed to meet the needs of those social work and care professionals who will be tasked with carrying out an assessment of a deafblind person ensuring they are appropriately trained.

Though primarily aimed at social work professionals in contact with an older deafblind adult, the course will also of be of great interest to others in the care and community sector who engage with elderly people.

We work with SCIE the Social Care Institute for Excellence to ensure this training fully complies with the Care Act and with their incredible nationwide network to ensure it gets to the attention of the whole of the care sector.

This course is part of a suite of four courses that provide a new and comprehensive package of awareness and skills training for a range of types of care professionals and volunteers.

When combined with our other qualifications, your prior learning, qualifications and experience, successful completion of our Specialist Deafblind Assessor would mean that as a social work professional you will be well above the minimum requirements of the Act.

Learning Outcomes

The learner will be able to:

  • The Care Act 2014

    Understand The Care Act 2014 regarding deafblindness and a local authority’s duties; the assessment requirements; be competent in identifying older people with co-occurring dual sensory loss, delivering assessments and establishing a care support plan.

  • Recognise the Signs

    Recognise the signs that would indicate that a person may be deafblind, working with others to identify deafblind people in the community.

  • Understand Methods

    Understand methods and tactics to ensure successful communication with a deafblind person, one to one human contact, social interaction and emotional wellbeing.

  • Indentify

    Identify a range of low cost aids to daily living available to support a deafblind person.

  • Impact

    Appreciate the impact of how this unique impairment affects mobility, access to information and communication, and consider effective rehabilitation, immediate and fluctuating need.

  • Critical Interdependency

    Understanding the critical interdependency with other key specialists in a holistic identification and assessment model of working including key specialists such as: a range of health, care and social work professionals according to the appearance of need of the individual, communicator guides, BSL interpreters, specialist rehabilitation officers, and technical officers.

Get in Touch

If you’re interested in this course please send us your name and email and we’ll get back to you with more details. Or go to the SCIE website to see their training diary: http://www.scie.org.uk/training/careact/



“I enjoyed both days. It really made me think of the effects of (age related) deafblindeness. It also gave me a clear understanding of the Care Act.”

SunderlandSensory Social Worker

“Meeting peers from the other Authorities has really helped me get to know how deafblind support is shaped across the country and how it compares with how we do it.”

ReadingSocial Worker