Clinical Excellence Network (Specific Interest Group)

A Clinical Excellence Network (CEN) was formed in 2012-13 to focus on multisensory impairment (MSI) and visual impairment (VI). The group covers the UK and Republic of Ireland and is registered with the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT). Membership is open to all those with an interest in the communication and eating and drinking needs of children, young people and adults who have multisensory impairment (MSI) or visual impairment (VI).

Clinical Excellence Network (CEN) is the name recently adopted by the RCSLT to replace the term Specific Interest Group (SIG).

The MSI / VI CEN meets twice a year, usually in April / May and in October / November.

The most recent meeting was on Thursday 23rd October 2014 at Sense HQ in London (near Kings Cross). The main topic was joint attention. The programme (and those for all other meetings to date) is available below.

Next meeting
Our next meeting will be later in the year than usual: Thursday 11th June 2015 and will take place at RNIB Pears Centre for Specialist Learning, Coventry. The programme has yet to be finalised, but we hope to cover sensory integration and choice-making; I will provide further information as soon as possible.

Evidence-based practice
We are very conscious of the need for evidence-based practice and we evaluate our meetings with this in mind. We ask those attending the meeting to rate each presentation in terms of its value “in developing an evidence base for your practice”. Four ratings are provided: excellent, good, satisfactory and poor. Overall, for the meeting in November 2013, 60.1% of ratings were excellent and 33.2% were good. No ratings were poor. We have yet to analyse the evaluations of our most recent meeting.

Click on the links below for the flyer / programme for previous meetings. (Each one opens in a new tab, as do all other links on this page.)

1. Exploratory meeting held on 23rd October 2012. MSI SIG flyer 23-October-2012.

2. Meeting held on 24th April 2013: MSI – VI SIG meeting 24 April 2013.

3. Meeting held on 21st November 2013: MSI – VI SIG meeting 21 Nov 2013.

4. Meeting held on Tuesday 29th April 2014: MSI – VI CEN Meeting 29 April 2014.

5. Meeting held on Thursday 23rd October 2014: MSI – VI CEN Meeting 23 Oct 2014.

If you are interested in joining the CEN, or receiving more information, please contact me.