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  • 22 July 2016 11:39 AM | Anonymous


    Congress 2016 TUC Congress 2016 will be at The Brighton Centre during 11-14 September.

    BOSTU would like to hear from TU reps who would like the opportunity to attend with BIOS & BOSTU Adviser, Lesley-Anne Baxter. All expenses will be paid including travel and accommodation.

    Last year Sam Aitkenhead attended and not only won an RMT Grand Draw Eurostar trip for two to Paris/Brussels, she also made a speech to congress for good measure!

    If you want to experience the buzz are interested in trade union and employment relations and would like the opportunity to go - please contact Lesley-Anne Baxter ASAP on mailto:lesleyanne.baxter@orthoptics.org.uk

  • 21 July 2016 10:13 PM | Anonymous

    https://www.gov.uk/government/news/plans-for-changing-healthcare-education-funding

    As a result of consultation which BIOS responded to (on proposed cuts to AHP bursaries) there is some acknowledgement from the Government that orthoptic students need financial support for clinical placements.

    We continue to lobby on all aspects of the Spending Review cuts (from November 2015) which could adversely affect Orthoptic student numbers in the future.

  • 11 July 2016 9:04 PM | Anonymous

    NEWS RELEASE - 7 July 2016

    Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning: Eye health sector intervenes to stop patients losing sight

    Warnings that hospital initiated delays and cancelled follow up appointments are at crisis point, putting patients' sight at risk, have led to a new cross-sector initiative to release pressure off the hospital eye services by treating more people in the community.

    To meet these challenges the Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning (CCEHC), which represents the major charity, clinical and provider organisations in the sector, has stepped in to launch a new Primary Eye Care Framework1 for eye health services. The Framework will help commissioners address capacity issues in their area by delivering more support in primary care settings in line with the NHS Five year Forward View.

    The new Framework complements the Community Ophthalmology Framework2, published by the Clinical Council in 2015, and will empower commissioners and providers to release capacity within hospital through a multidisciplinary approach to treat the right patient in the most appropriate service.

    Launching the new framework David Parkins, Chair of the Clinical Council said:  “Patients are now at risk of losing their sight because of delayed appointments and capacity pressures. Radical change is needed and we urge all Clinical Commissioning Groups and Local Eye Health Networks to measure their existing services against these frameworks and use them to expand local capacity to meet need as part of their local Sustainability and Transformation Plans.”

    President of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists, Professor Carrie MacEwen, supports the review of services to ease pressure on overstretched hospital eye services and said: “It is critical that the ophthalmic sector develops frameworks that support the growing demands made on the multi-disciplinary workforce. This team provides primary and secondary care for patients and we need to ensure that it is delivered through consistent and recognised training and education standards.  We advocate the right eye care professional, at the right time and in the right setting.”

    Reference:

    1, 2 http://www.college-optometrists.org/en/EyesAndTheNHS/devolved-nations/england/clinical-council-for-eye-health-commissioning/ccehc-framework.cfm

    ENDS


    Notes to editors

     

    ·         The Royal College of Ophthalmologists

    ·         The College of Optometrists

    ·         Association of Directors of Adult Social Services

    ·         Association of British Dispensing Opticians

    ·         British and Irish Orthoptic Society

    ·         Faculty of Public Health

    ·         International Glaucoma Association

    ·         Macular Society

    ·         Optical Confederation (including Local Optical Committee Support Unit)

    ·         Royal College of Nursing (Ophthalmic nursing forum)

    ·         Royal National Institute of Blind People

    ·         VISION 2020 UK

     

     

  • 30 June 2016 2:03 PM | Anonymous

     ahp.clevertogether.com

     

    We will be opening the online workshop for the second time on Monday 4 July to gain wider views on the Allied Health Professions emerging Mandate for Change. The Mandate describes:

    • 4 ways AHPs will impact health & wider care system.
    • 4 areas of commitment to achieve this change.
    • 4 themes which AHPs need to focus on to deliver this.

    We are committed to working in partnership with patients and citizens in communities to make the most of their valuable insights and ideas and are, therefore, particularly keen to hear from service users/patients, carers and the wider public. Their direct experience of services delivered by AHPs means they have unique insight in to what works and this can be used to improve services.  We believe this is an essential part of making health and care services better for everyone.

    We would also like to hear from other organisations and professionals working in health, care and the wider system who work in collaboration with AHPs and their services to offer their view on this emerging mandate. And, for those AHPs who contributed to the first phase of this work, imagine the impact if you asked or enabled just one patient or person in the wider community to share their view and have their voice heard.

    Please log on to the website using the URL https://ahp.clevertogether.com  at any time from 4 to 15 July to view the consensus output from the first part of the AHP consultation and offer your thoughts on whether the mandate, as it is expressed at this stage, makes sense to you.

    For further information please take a look at Suzanne Rastrick’s, Chief Allied Health Professions Officer, NHS England, blog here. https://www.england.nhs.uk/2016/06/suzanne-rastrick-11/

  • 18 May 2016 8:30 AM | Anonymous

    Orthoptic Day – June 6th 2016

    Mark your calendar for this important date in the orthoptic calendar to promote and celebrate the profession internationally.

    What is World Orthoptic Day? The International Orthoptic Association (IOA) is the global voice of the orthoptic profession which internationally is made up of 15 member national professional organisations and 6 associate member organizations. IOA World Orthoptic Day is the opportunity to heighten the visibility of the orthoptic profession and to promote the activities of orthoptists locally, nationally, and internationally.
    When is it? Annually on the first Monday of each June. The aim is that the IOA World Orthoptic Day will be integrated with other national celebrations and promotions of the mission and goals of orthoptic therapy.

    Promoting and Celebrating World Orthoptic Day - Information and Resources - There are many ways to promote and celebrate World Orthoptic Day. Please do share your stories and pictures of how you celebrated World Orthoptic Day by emailing IOA Public Relations at canada@internationalorthoptics.org and also BIOS at bios@orthoptics.org.uk

    The IOA has provided some resources that you can utilise to help promote the event. These items have been designed exclusively for World Orthoptic Day and they can also be downloaded
    from the IOA website. And most are available here for your convenience:

    WOD booklet.pdf

    WOD stickers 2016.docx

    WOD poster 2016_DV.pdf

    WOD Logo CMYK with date 2016 for print.jpg

    This is the winning photographic entry for the 2016 WOD competition taken by orthoptic student Tiffany Yuen from Buffalo, New York, USA.


  • 19 April 2016 10:09 PM | Anonymous

    BIOS full members are eligible to vote for the BIOS Chair Designate (the person who will replace the current Chair, Rowena McNamara, when she comes to the end of her term of office in 2017). The person shadows the current Chair for a year before taking up the role.

    Candidates are Claire Saha and Veronica Greenwood.

    Their manifestos are here:

    They are featured in April Parallel Vision - the monthly e-magazine for orthoptists.

    Claire Saha has also released a 2-minute video
    YouTube video jl9glzt7uU4

    Veronica Greenwood has released a 2-minute video

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HlJtfiiZmQ&feature=share


    Voting instructions have been sent out w/c 25th April and voting closes 6th May. You have time to study the candidate information, ask questions if you want any clarification via mailto:bios@orthoptics.org.uk and make your choice.

    If you vote multiple times the last vote only counts. If anyone votes 10 times or over - they will be disqualified from the process.

  • 18 April 2016 8:53 AM | Anonymous

    NHS England’s Chief Allied Health Professions Officer explains how all 12 AHPs can work together to transform care of the future:  

    "There is a mandate in England, right now, for the Allied Health Professions to co-create a vision of how, with collective action, our nation will be different if all AHPs were used effectively in the health, social and wider care system.

    On 18 April, all AHPs in England will be invited to take part in an online workshop to share views on how they can deliver future care in England – and this is for wherever they practice, not just the NHS. This is not just about the health service. It’s about local authorities, housing, private practices and the voluntary sectors too."

    Read more here and take part in  the on-line workshop today if you can https://www.england.nhs.uk/2016/04/suzanne-rastrick-5/

    Register and have your say now and any time over the next two weeks on how AHPs can transform patient care https://ahp.clevertogether.com/en/signUp

  • 17 April 2016 4:45 PM | Anonymous

    Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning Press Release: Demand for hospital eye clinic appointments and community eye services discussed in parliament

    This week, the Secretary of State for Health was asked what steps his Department is taking to address the increased demand for eye clinic appointments and hospital eye services. The question related to recent concerns expressed by the Royal College of Ophthalmologists regarding the escalating pressure on hospital eye services.

    David Parkins, Chair of the Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning and immediate past President of the College of Optometrists, has welcomed the question, but is highlighting the need for a step change in commissioning and delivery.

    A strategic approach to delivering more effective primary eye care in the community is overdue in England and the Clinical Council is developing a primary eye care framework, which can manage more patients in primary care settings.

    The new framework, due to be published in June will complement a community ophthalmology framework1 published last yearwhich outlines a multidisciplinary approach for the management of patients with a low risk of progression or deterioration, releasing capacity within the hospital.

    “While there are some good examples of innovative service redesign, they are not considered a priority in some areas or implemented at sufficient scale to have the required impact. Consequently, there is no overall strategic approach as to how to deal with the mounting hospital eye service workload. We would therefore urge all Clinical Commissioning Groups to include eye health services in their forthcoming ’sustainability and transformation plans’. Avoiding unnecessary sight loss has to be at the top of any  priority list if we are going to protect those  patients at greatest risk”.

    •  

    Reference:

    1 http://www.college-optometrists.org/en/EyesAndTheNHS/devolved-nations/england/clinical-council-for-eye-health-commissioning/ccehc-reports.cfm

     

    Notes to editors

    The Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning (CCEHC) coordinates leading organisations from across eye health to offer united, evidence-based clinical advice and guidance to those commissioning and delivering eye health services in England on issues where national leadership is needed.

     

    Its member organisations are:

    • The Royal College of Ophthalmologists
    • The College of Optometrists
    • Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
    • Association of British Dispensing Opticians
    • British and Irish Orthoptic Society
    • Faculty of Public Health
    • International Glaucoma Association
    • Local Optical Committee Support Unit
    • Macular Society
    • Optical Confederation
    • Royal College of Nursing (Ophthalmic nursing forum)
    • Royal National Institute of Blind People
    • VISION 2020 UK

     

    The question and answer can be found here: http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2016-04-11/33459/

     

     

  • 04 April 2016 2:19 PM | Anonymous

    Everything you always wanted to know about BIOS membership but were afraid to ask?

    Find out the answers to a wide range of topics by accessing the guide BIOS Member User Guide 2016.pdf

    • Introduction to BIOS & Message from Chair
    • Membership categories & claiming tax relief 
    • BIOS campaigning & networking 
    • Your BIOS Profile and Member Services 
    • BIOS insurance cover 
    • BOSTU membership 
    • Continuing professional development 
    • Summary of BIOS benefits & facts 
    • Useful information including AHP Rewards and Who’s who in BIOS?
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