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  • 20 February 2017 4:56 PM | Anonymous

    24 Feb 2017 is the day when the average person who does unpaid overtime finishes the unpaid days they do every year, and starts earning for themselves. We think that's a day worth celebrating.


  • 10 February 2017 4:38 PM | Anonymous

    ‘Look out! Bedside vision check for falls prevention’ BIOS contributed to an assessment tool for nurses and carers to use at the bedside to identify eye problems and prevent falls.


  • 10 February 2017 4:35 PM | Anonymous
    BIOS has been working with the Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning

    (CCEHC) to highlight to Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STPs) leaders the need to commission eye services at scale.


  • 10 February 2017 4:24 PM | Anonymous

    The Way Forward – a resource for collaborative working to review and redesign eye care services in the UK, The Royal College of Ophthalmologists publishes The Way Forward for the review and redesign of eye care services.


  • 10 February 2017 3:47 PM | Anonymous

    A definition of Advanced Clinical Practice has been agreed by the Health Education Advisory Group (HEEAG)  and is on the HEE website:


  • 10 February 2017 3:43 PM | Anonymous

    New Common Clinical Competency Framework – providing standards for upskilling HCPs in multidisciplinary team working. BIOS has played a significant part in agreeing with eye sector colleagues a framework for extended roles. It will enable orthoptists to gain accredited skills which are transferable between trusts. Thanks go to members of the working groups:  Lorraine North, Helen Davis, Nadia Northway, Lorna McKay, David Newsham, Lesley Anne Baxter and Jane Tapely.


  • 05 January 2017 7:41 PM | Anonymous

    Please read the final practice Guideline and Outline Curriculum Framework.   

    Final ocf for website 27 nov 16 .1.pdf

    Final pg for website 27 nov 16.1.pdf

  • 15 December 2016 7:29 PM | Anonymous

    Welcome to the December issue of the GP Eye Health Network. In this edition we focus on childhood eye conditions.


    You will find:

    a factsheet on childhood eye conditions

    an article on the importance of children’s vision screening

    brief information on the significance of sight loss in children

    information on spotting the signs of Retinoblastoma

    We also show how junior doctors are helping to deliver health and wellbeing projects for people with sight loss in local communities.

    An eye health training day for GPs is being held on Thursday 26 January 2017 at The Mac Birmingham, delivered by clinical specialists. Visit RCGP for more information and bookings.

    Don't forget we have a wide range of events and resources aimed at helping you support patients with sight loss and to promote eye health.

    Finally, if you have found this enews useful, please share it with your colleagues and also let them know they can join the network too.

    Wishing you a very Happy Holiday.

    Helen Lee, Prevention Manager, RNIB

  • 29 September 2016 10:33 AM | Anonymous

    Since their inception in 2013, what are people's experience of Local Eye Health Networks in England?

    Have they been inclusive with their membership? Have certain professions been excluded to the detriment of public health commissioning and eye health pathways?

    And have they been a force for the better - lifting standards of care and commissioning for patients in communities?

    BIOS is conducting a survey with Head Orthoptists during the first week of October to get their views.

    Don't know where your LEHN or who to contact? Here is the list kindly updated regularly by LOCSU to help key_local_contacts_for_lehns_v24,_jul16.pdf

    Examples of good practice LEHNs

    We know that in London the group has a wide membership and a document has produced: Eye Health Network for London: Achieving Better Outcomes. This  report describes a more co-ordinated approach to the commissioning and delivery of eye health and sight loss services. 

    The main recommendations have been produced through the London Network working groups, although along with the Portfolio of Indicators, many will have broader recognition and implications outside of London.


    And Angela Henderson, Chair – North East & Cumbria LEHN posted this blog update on the NHS England site https://www.england.nhs.uk/north/angela-henderson/

  • 16 September 2016 3:49 PM | Anonymous

    The Royal College of Ophthalmologists

    The Royal College of Ophthalmology (RCOphth) strongly recommends orthoptist led UK National Screening programme for children. The BIOS and orthoptists are delighted to have this support!

    The UK National Screening Committee (NSC) has recommended orthoptist led screening for visual impairment in all children aged 4 – 5 years. http://www.screening.nhs.uk/vision-child

    From October 2015, responsibility for the funding of vision screening of 4-5 year olds was passed from NHS CCGs to Local Authorities.  However some Local Authorities fail to commission this vision screening, or are even decommissioning screening, because of budgetary pressures.  This shows lack of awareness of the NSC guidance and results in failure to provide a quality assured care pathway for those children with visual impairment or ocular disease who would have been picked up by the vision screening.

    Read the full statement here https://www.rcophth.ac.uk/2016/09/rcophth-strongly-recommends-orthoptist-led-uk-national-screening-programme-for-children/

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