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  • 10 October 2014 12:49 PM | Anonymous

    As you know, some unions are striking on October 13 and some are taking other forms of action short of striking like working contractual hours and taking breaks.

    Some NHS workers will stage a four-hour strike on Monday October 13 - Doctors, nurses and other staff will stage a walkout between 7am and 11am in the first health service strike for 32 years. This is a statement agreed by all the unions on protocol during any action.

    NHS Staff Council Joint Trade Union Protocol on Industrial Action in the NHS



    A number of trade unions with members in the NHS are planning to take industrial action starting in autumn 2014.  The action will include strike action and/or action short of strike action (ASOS).

    The trade unions in the NHS who are not balloting have agreed to encourage their members to support the pay campaign and not to take any action to undermine the lawful industrial action.

    In particular unions not taking part in formal action agree to:

    • ·         Respect the right of other unions to take lawful industrial action and will not criticise or condemn the trade unions involved in industrial action


    • ·         Encourage their members to show support for the industrial action, which could include joining protests outside of their working hours, using social media or local press to express their support etc


    • ·         Give strong advice to their members that they should continue with their normal duties but should not take on any non-contractual additional responsibilities being given to them directly as a result of the industrial action. They should not be expected to be moved from their normal duties or provide cover for staff taking industrial action or  take on overtime or additional shifts to make up for the industrial action of other staff.

    • ·         Encourage their members to donate to hardship funds set up to support members who will lose pay as a result of industrial action. 

    • All the NHS trade unions (including BOS TU) have signed up to this protocol as follows:

    • UNISON             CSP                   BMA

    • RCN                   BDA                   FCS

    • RCM                   SCP                   BOSTU

    • UNITE                BAOT                 MiP 

    • GMB                   POA                  

    • SoR                    HCSA

  • 04 October 2014 2:57 PM | Anonymous


    We are looking for an enthusiatic, experienced Orthoptist to join our small team. This is a temporary position to cover maternity leave from February to October 2015. The post holder will be based at the General Hospital in St Helier. This is a full time post and sessions will include a full range of orthoptics as well as primary and secondary visual screening. You will be expected to travel to various schools across the island and therefore you must have a full and current driving licence and access to a car.

    For further information about the post please contact Sue Neasham, Head Orthoptist on 01534 442559 or email mailto:s.neasham@health.gov.je

  • 01 October 2014 10:20 PM | Anonymous

    23/09/14 - Part of National Eye Care Week involved Camsight running an event for children with visual impairment at the North Cambridge Children's Centre in Cambridge. Ryan van Wijk 3. Picture: Keith Jones in Cambridge Evening News

    Read more at http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Charity-Cam-Sight-urges-people-look-bright-sight/story-23003779-detail/story.html#Ryqbhhmvz7xz0EpG.99

    Did you do anything in your hospital or clinic? Send your pics to me, Anita McCallum, mailto:bios@orthoptics.org.uk or post on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/BritishIrishOrthopticSociety

  • 12 September 2014 2:28 PM | Anonymous

    Lesley-Anne Baxter, Outgoing Chair of BIOS & BOSTU speaks to Motion 46 at the TUC Congress, Liverpool this week..... here is the text of her address...

    "President, Congress, Lesley-Anne Baxter, British Orthoptic Society, supporting Motion 46


    We hear, almost daily, that we cannot afford the public services that we have built up over years and held as exemplar services across the world in many cases. We have heard from the mover of this motion of the chaos and confusion they are seeing  as private companies organise services which cannot compare to the gold standard of their service organisation.

    The amendment to this motion asks for evidence to show that private companies can provide better services.

    I work in eye health and the National Screening Committee this year has provided an evidence base to show that an Orthoptic led vision screening service for all children aged 4 to 5 years is essential to promote eye health and pick up eye problems. BUT, the localisation of health in England means that this pot of money is easy pickings and these services are not being commissioned in some areas and being decommissioned in others. This post code lottery of service provision cannot be regarded as the governments goal of innovation and improvement.

    There is good evidence available showing that those children in care, those with learning disabilities, those, in the governments words who are " easy to loose" are much more likely to have undiagnosed eye conditions.

    There is evidence to show that  those living in social deprivation do not access health services as and when they need so screening in schools is essential in all these groups.

    we also know that if eye problems are not picked up by the age of 7, education can be compromised, and we also know that up to 30% of the prison population have uncorrected eye problems. SO it is essential that that those vulnerable children in care,have access to Orthoptic led  vision screening, commissioned locally and paid for by the NHS. The argument against this is that parents will take their child to the local optician on the high street. That is great  but we know that those in care and those with any other disability do not access the health care they deserve and are easy to loose in a system provided by a plurality of providers.

     This government has a Call to Action for Eye Health out for consultation at this time and already submitted is that there is no evidence to show that private companies can provide services cheaper than already commissioned NHS taser vices

    We support this motion to ensure children's services are provided by those who can  provide evidence, audit, governance and accountability that we in the public sector already adhere to."

  • 08 September 2014 8:38 AM | Anonymous

    Supporting your rights - our BOS TU delegate in Liverpool (Lesley-Anne Baxter) taking part in the Sunday evening debates on Employment Rights at TUC Congress.

    She will be there from 7-10 September at BT Convention Centre, Kings Dock, Liverpool representing orthoptists! http://www.tuc.org.uk/events/tuc-congress-2014Photo: BOS TU delegate in Liverpool (Lesley-Anne Baxter) taking part in the Sunday evening debates on Employment Rights at TUC Congress is 7-10 September at BT Convention Centre, Kings Dock, Liverpool http://www.tuc.org.uk/events/tuc-congress-2014

  • 21 August 2014 7:11 AM | Anonymous

    All Together for the NHS - Campaign Day 1st September

    All Together for the NHS is a joint campaign co-ordinated by the TUC (which BOSTU is a member of), bringing together unions from across the health sector.

    Why are we campaigning?  At our meeting last week, unions involved in All Together for NHS agreed to jointly promote a campaign calling for more investment in a quality workforce for the NHS.

    The All Together for the NHS campaign believes that the public deserves a quality NHS with staff that are well motivated and properly rewarded for the vital work they do, with a health service that has enough staff to ensure patients are safe and with a workforce that is properly trained and equipped to deliver quality healthcare in the 21st century.

    The government is seriously under-funding the NHS at a time when demand is rising. Recent figures from the Kings Fund show that spending on the NHS will fall from 8 per cent of GDP in 2009 to 6 per cent by 2020. This is an unprecedented reduction in resources.

    NHS workers are being asked to bear the brunt. Five years of pay restraint has hit our members’ hard, leaving morale at rock bottom. Not only that but we share concerns highlighted by Monitor and NHS Employers that the government’s pay policy is not sustainable at a time when the economy is picking up. Staff will vote with their feet or lose the good will to continue providing the many extra hours of free staff time on which the NHS depends.

    We want ministers to properly fund the NHS to ensure that our health service workforce is rewarded for its dedication, hard work and excellence and that the NHS is able to recruit and train the brightest and best workforce that our patients deserve.

    Monday 1st September – Campaign Day

    As part of the campaign, we are encouraging members to take part in a day of social media and campaign activity on Monday 1st September. The aim of this day is to keep a focus on the issue of funding and pay in the NHS and to highlight our on-going campaign for fair pay for NHS workers.

    Activity on the Day  We are asking members to take photos of themselves and their colleagues, at work, using our ‘NHS workers deserve a pay rise’ prop and then put them up on Twitter on email them directly to us.

    Simply print out the prop, which you can find here: http://www.tuc.org.uk/economic-issues/industrial-issues/public-sector/all-together-nhs/nhs-workers-deserve-pay-rise

    Write a simple message about what fair pay means for you and why you need a pay rise.

    Then take a ‘selfie’ or group photo and post it up on Twitter, with the hashtag #NHSPay

    Alternatively, you can email it directly to  phadley@tuc.org.uk







  • 20 August 2014 8:40 PM | Anonymous

    The BIOS Scientific Conference 2014 is now well underway and taking place 20/21 August at Glasgow Caledonian University.

    See pics of posters exhibition and start of Prof Anita Simmer's address on Amblyopia and Dr Graeme Williams on Ocular Myasthenia.

    Any others to share? How about from Gala Dinner? Or from the walk around Glasgow?

  • 15 August 2014 5:09 PM | Anonymous

    With over 165 people expected, the professional and social programme is going to be buzzing with excitement and stimulation.

    If you are going to the conference Tweet, Facebook and Email pictures and comments as the social and scientific programme unfolds:

    Delegate information pack Delegate_info_pack_SciConf_Glasgow_August 2014.pdf

    Programme Glasgow Conference Programme Aug2014.pdf

  • 11 August 2014 11:29 AM | Anonymous

    Pay Review Body Side-lined

    The Chief Secretary to the Treasury has written to the NHS Pay Review Bodies, confirming that they will not be asked to make recommendations on a pay award for Agenda for Change staff, or for NHS-employed doctors and dentists, for 2015/16.

    He states that the Government believes that the case for continued pay restraint across the public sector remains strong.

    The Government will follow the same approach to national pay that was implemented in 2014. 

    The NHS Pay Review Body may be given a remit to consider further reform of national pay and conditions later in the year.

    Good news for Wales

    However, better news in Wales with Living Wage initiative and one-off payments for agenda for change staff announced http://www.wales.nhs.uk/news/33213

    The living wage announcement is part of the wider pay deal for NHS staff in Wales which also includes:

    • A one-off payment of £160 for all NHS staff under Agenda for Change contracts (those staff other than doctors and dentists), excluding very senior managers, plus incremental pay progression for eligible staff when it is due;
    • No pay uplift for very senior managers for 2014-15;

    The BOSTU will be asking members what they feel about this and other issues and what forms of industrial action, if any, they would consider.

  • 06 August 2014 3:26 PM | Anonymous

    HCPC launches council recruitment drive

    HCPC to appoint four new Council members

    The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is seeking to appoint three lay members and one registrant member to its Council.  The appointments are expected to commence from 1 January 2015.

    As a UK-wide regulator, HCPC is encouraging applications from individuals across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.  As there is a requirement that each of the four countries in the UK is represented on the Council, the HCPC is also seeking to appoint individuals to at least two of these roles who live or work in each of Wales and Northern Ireland.

    Council members play a key role in setting strategy and policy and ensuring the HCPC fulfils its statutory duties and responsibilities. They also act as ambassadors for the HCPC representing the Council’s public protection role. To see more about the role, watch the film from our existing council members: http://youtu.be/HO8-0tJsdgg

    The closing date for completed applications is 5pm on Friday 12 September 2014.

    For further information about the appointments and the role of the Council please visit: http://www.hcpc-uk.org/aboutus/council/councilappointments/ or contact Claire Amor, Secretary to Committees, on 020 7840 9710 or email appointments@hcpc-uk.org


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