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  • 25 May 2014 12:18 PM | Anonymous

    National Glaucoma Awareness Week
    9th to 15th June 2014

    Action for Sight: book an eye health check

    This year’s National Glaucoma Awareness Week 2014 is urging people to take Action for Sight, and have regular eye tests, particularly if they are at an increased risk of developing glaucoma. People of African-Caribbean origin are four times more likely to develop the condition, and are more likely for it to appear earlier and for it to be more severe, when compared to people of European origin.

     Early detection and treatment literally saves sight, as over 90% of individuals who are diagnosed early will retain useful sight for life. Despite such promising results, it is estimated that over 50% of cases of glaucoma remain undetected in the UK.

    Awareness and regular eye health checks are critical. Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of preventable blindness. There are no early symptoms and it isn’t until the condition is fairly advanced that people recognise that there is something wrong with their vision. Once vision is lost, it cannot be recovered. A simple eye health check can pick up the condition early and treatment, which most commonly includes taking eye drops, means most people will maintain sight for life.

    The IGA will be supporting the Action for Sight campaign through awareness packs which will be distributed via hospitals, opticians, and through our members and volunteers. Advertising at bus shelters in London and promotions with The Voice newspaper and Nigerian Watch newspaper and website will focus on the increased need for the African-Caribbean population to book an eye test. The campaign will also be supported by the launch of new research into general awareness and understanding of glaucoma.

  • 19 May 2014 2:39 PM | Anonymous

    Change is afoot for BIOS as you will see from Parallel Vision (when it is released later this week), this newspost on the BIOS website and other media, and the presentation attached

    Please read, inwardly digest, let us know if you have any questions and complete the attached SurveyMonkey by 12th July. You can ask questions face to face at events being held in May, June and early July or contact BIOS Officers listed in the presentation.


    It's your BIOS and we want to hear your views!

  • 12 May 2014 3:10 PM | Anonymous
    Congratulations to Alison on receiving her Fellowship Award today!

    Picture shows Alison receiving her certificate from Chair Designate, Rowena McNamara (left)
  • 16 April 2014 2:08 PM | Anonymous

    World Orthoptic Day is held every year on the first Monday in June - this year it is on 2nd June. It is a day when orthoptists globally can promote the profession and its work. They can:
    • showcase the significant role the profession makes to eye health
    • raise the profile of the profession
    • use this day to campaign on behalf of the profession and its patients/clients to governments and policy makers

    The day marks the unity and solidarity of the Orthoptic community around the world. It is an opportunity to recognise the work that orthoptists do for their patients and the ophthalmic community. The International Orthoptic Association aims to support member organisations and individual orthoptists in their efforts to promote the profession and to advance their clinical expertise, using World Orthoptic Day as the focus.

    What Materials are Available
    • World Orthoptic Day flyers: to distribute directly
    • A World Orthoptic Day poster: to put up in public places
    • World Orthoptic Day logo: to download and get printed locally on national, state, provincial or clinic posters, t-shirts, stickers, caps, calendars, bookmarks, bags, e-cards or that can be added to social media such as Facebook
    • Stickers: to download and print on standard printer labels

    WOD booklet.docx

    Download the above resources for free at the members section of the IOA website www.internationalorthoptics.org and please let Prof Gail Stephenson mailto:rocket@liv.ac.uk know of your planned activity and send her photos and information from your events.

    Want to write a press release or encourage your hospital's communications or PR department to help? See the press release from Musgrove Park last year  http://www.musgroveparkhospital.nhs.uk/about-your-hospital/news-and-events/latest-news-releases/2013/may/heard-of-orthoptics-well-come-and-find-out-more/

  • 10 April 2014 9:42 AM | Anonymous
    The CPD system is back up: apologies to members for any inconvenience experienced as a result of the outage.
  • 28 March 2014 2:25 PM | Anonymous

    The HCPC is moving forward in their remit to ensure the standards of conduct and performance are fit for purpose. As you may know, the BIOS was involved in the generic standards of competency recently and these have been updated to include the safe use of social media. As a clinician it is an individual's responsibility to know what is covered by the HCPC in terms of performance and ethics of safe care.

    BIOS members - Please read this document as it follows on from the workshops we undertook last year on a safe environment to raise difficult issues as well as what is personally regarded as professional behaviour. 

    Lesley-Anne Baxter, BIOS Chair

    HCPC SCPE presentation - March 2014.pdf

    The HCPC updated advice on SCPE on March 25th during a focus group event - slides as above


  • 25 March 2014 11:54 AM | Anonymous

    As featured in Parallel Vision February and March Editions - the AHP day takes place on 21st May and features our very own Lesley-Anne Baxter and Annette Dillon, BIOS SEN SIG Co-Lead.

    Annette will be talking about the Orthoptist's role in the visual and functional assessment of children with special educational needs in the morning and Lesley-Anne will be talking on Workforce Planning in the afternoon and the challenges that CPD poses.

    Further information on  the day can be found by clicking below:

  • 13 March 2014 1:04 PM | Anonymous
    Ministers have today announced a basic 1% pay rise, but the 600,000 nurses and other staff receiving automatic "progression-in-job" increases, will not get the 1% as well.

    Scottish NHS workers are the winners - you will get 1% plus any annual increments and this will go towards your pensionable pay....

    However, other parts of the UK - England and Wales - are not so fortunate - and will just get the1% rise.

    Some unions are considering strike action as a result of this latest announcement.. The BIOS and BOS TU will keep a watching brief and consult on industrial action if required....

    From NHS Employers website http://www.nhsemployers.org/PayAndContracts/LatestNews/Pages/Pay-award-201415-and-201516-announced.aspx
    • All Agenda for Change staff and employed doctors and dentists who are not eligible to receive incremental pay, will be given a 1 per cent non-consolidated payment in April 2014/15. Other staff will receive an increase of at least 1 per cent through incremental progression.
    • The 1 per cent increase will be non-consolidated and non-pensionable and apply with effect from 1 April 2014. The consolidated pay scales remain unchanged and these will continue to be the basis for any additional earnings such as banding supplements, overtime and unsocial hours enhancements.
    • All other staff will receive any incremental progression to which they are eligible during the year, subject to meeting requirements in their terms and conditions and where necessary local performance requirements.
    See other articles of interest:




  • 10 March 2014 7:29 PM | Anonymous

    HSJ Value Awards 2014 Logo

    There has never been a greater focus on care quality, outcomes and patient experience - just as the NHS faces unprecedented financial pressures. Yet in the post-Francis Report world many trusts are successfully delivering service improvements and more patient-centred care as well as improved efficiency.

    The new HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards seek to recognise and reward outstanding efficiency and improvement by the NHS. A successor to the HSJ Efficiency Awards, the Value in Healthcare Awards continue to recognise excellent use of resources. But they also seek out examples of demonstrable improvement in outcomes, both within back office functions and clinical initiatives.

    By entering this year's awards you can:

    • Showcase your project in front of key leaders within the NHS
    • Benchmark your achievements and help drive change
    • Position your trust as a frontrunner in value and efficiency
    • Put the spotlight on your team's achievements and boost team morale


  • 03 March 2014 2:21 PM | Anonymous
    The BIOS is always keen to promote new ways of thinking, new ways to deliver services and started the BIOS Innovation Fund for that purpose - to encourage members to do things differently in the face of funding challenges and the move towards using more telehealth and delivering in the community....

    There may be small steps you can commit to yourself along the way and this is where Change the NHS Day comes in!
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    NHS Change Day is a frontline led movement; the largest of its kind, with a shared purpose of improving health and care. Our mission is to inspire and mobilise people everywhere, staff, patients and the public to do something better together to improve care for people.

    The first NHS Change Day, which took place last March, was unprecedented. It was a 'game changer' that provided the amazing grassroots momentum so many staff, patients and people working within the NHS needed. Anyone can get involved to pledge something that will make a difference, no matter how big or small. A pledge could be part of your everyday routine or something extraordinary. It's simple, just think of something personal to you and make a pledge or join an existing one below. Every voice counts and every pledge matters. You can make a pledge until the 31st March.
    Follow the link below..

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