BOS Trade Union

The British Orthoptic Society Trade Union is affiliated to the Trades Union Congress (TUC). Trade union membership is bundled with BIOS membership for members with Full entitlements1 who are employed in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Channel islands and the Isle of Man but not the Republic of Ireland.

BOS members are represented nationally on the Social Partnership Forum and the Health Trade union leads group, and locally by BOS representatives within each NHS trust. Local representatives are accredited by BOS trade union and represent members within their trust on local staff-side groups.

Workforce Survey

Each year BOS Trade Union undertakes a Workforce Survey. The data and outcomes of this survey provide evidence for the Centre for Workforce Intelligence, the Pay Review Body, and commissioners of undergraduate orthoptic education. The workforce survey is currently analysed on a Strategic Health Authority (SHA) and department of health country specific basis. It is widely distributed to workforce planning and Allied Health Professional (AHP) leads in each of these organizations.

1 - Full entitlements are held by members with Full, Newly Qualified, or First Year Qualified memberships.

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