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  • 08 April 2015 4:03 PM | Anonymous

    Early bird rates for the BIOS Scientific Conference apply until 24th April - and for the first time the event will be App-tastic enabling you to interact with speakers and sponsors, network with colleagues and get the presentations and abstracts of most interest to you...

    Book here to take advantage of lower prices:

    BIOS Scientific Conference 2015

  • 08 April 2015 3:56 PM | Anonymous

    As you may know the HCPC started a consultation on 27th March to ask for registrant's views about increasing its fees from £80 to £90. It closes on 6th May 2015.

    The information it has given for this move is on their website http://www.hpc-uk.org/registrants/fees/consultation/

    Subject to parliamentary approval and consultation results, the fees would increase from 1st August 2015. You may have already responded as an individual to the consultation but the BIOS would like to provide a group response on behalf of its members.

    So please take a few minutes to let us have your views.

    If you want to provide your feedback into our BIOS group response on HCPC fees please do so by April 30th 2015. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HCPCFEES

    The HCPC says: "We are proposing a £10 increase (an increase of 12.5%) to the annual renewal fee. This increases the renewal fee from £80 to £90. We are proposing similar increases to most of the other fees we charge.

    If the proposals outlined in this document are agreed, the fees would be increased from 1 August 2015. Registrants would then pay the new renewal fee when they next renewed their registration after this date."

  • 23 March 2015 12:01 PM | Anonymous

    Early bird rates finish on 31st March so if you are intending to go to the BIOS Scientific Conference at Aston, Birmingham this year on 9/10 July 2015 - please do book sooner rather than later to secure your place! BIOS Scientific Conference 2015

  • 13 March 2015 10:01 AM | Anonymous


    NHS Employers has published new pay circulars for Agenda for Change (AfC) staff, following the NHS trade unions' acceptance of the Government pay offer at the NHS Staff Council’s meeting earlier this week. This includes acceptance by BOS TU.

    Employers will be sent these three new pay circulars which are now available:

    NHS Employers is also developing a new pay chart and frequently asked questions which will be available on their website in the next few days.

    An updated version of the NHS terms and conditions of service handbook will also be issued shortly.

  • 04 March 2015 4:30 PM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to Nadia Northway on receiving her BIOS Fellowship Award today from Janice Waterson Wilson at the BIOS Scottish meeting at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU).

    Thanks for all your hard work for orthoptics and starting the degree course at GCU.

    Only exceptional service to the profession and the BIOS is recognised in this type of award, the highest to be bestowed by BIOS.

    Nadia is pictured (left) with Janice receiving the award today.IMG_0013.JPG

  • 27 February 2015 12:01 PM | Anonymous

    Other AHPs, voluntary organisations, patients groups - please respond by April 24th

    Read press release here Exemptions_public consultation_Press Release final 260215.pdf

    Orthoptists et al - NHS England's citizen space featuring all background documentation https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/consultation/consultation-orthoptists-proposals

  • 16 February 2015 2:24 PM | Anonymous


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  • 28 January 2015 7:54 AM | Anonymous


    Unison has suspended a planned strike for its NHS members in England which was scheduled for 29 January.

    It follows several meetings with Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to resolve disputes over pay.

    The union said it will consult its members over a proposal put forward by the Department of Health.

    The Royal College of Midwives, Unite and GMB have also confirmed they will suspend strike action planned for this coming Thursday.

    Mr Hunt said the suspension was good news for patients.

  • 25 January 2015 12:47 PM | Anonymous

    We need your abstracts for Birmingham 2015! Please submit your work using the following format and guidelines by 28th February 2015

    Abstract submission_2015.docx

  • 19 January 2015 3:29 PM | Anonymous

    Please use the attached template for your examples of how orthoptic care has improved the quality of life for patients and their families

    Patient Stories Template_Jan15.docx

    See more on this link Information for Patients

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