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  • 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..

  • 14 February 2014 10:30 AM | Anonymous
    Report on eye health and sight loss statistics for England launched

    A comprehensive eye health and sight loss statistics report for England has been launched today by the UK Vision Strategy Partnership.

    Did you know for example that:
    • In 2011/12, there were a total of 6.8 million outpatient attendances at  hospitals under the specialities Ophthalmology, Paediatric Ophthalmology and Medical Ophthalmology
    •  The number of ophthalmology outpatient attendances is increasing, with  Ophthalmology has the second highest number of outpatients amongst any speciality (HSCIC, 2012a).
    •  There is limited information on why people attend an ophthalmology outpatient appointment....
    The report brings together data for England on all aspects of eye health and sight loss including:

    •    The rate of Certification of Vision Impairment
    •    The numbers registered with sight loss or severe sight loss
    •    Sight tests
    •    Outpatient and inpatient information including waiting times
    •    Expenditure on eye care and treatments

    Anita Lightstone, UK Vision Strategy Programme Director said:
    “This report brings together key eye health and sight loss statistics for England in a straightforward and easy to use format.

    “We hope this report will be a useful resource to eye health professionals, local authorities and voluntary sector organisations a like so they can assess the impact of their work and plan ahead for future opportunities and challenges”.

    To read the report visit: www.vision2020uk.org.uk/ukvisionstrategy/statistics

  • 27 January 2014 4:55 PM | Anonymous
    Leading organisations from across eye health (which includes the BIOS) have come together for the first time to form the Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning, responding to the government’s NHS reforms for a clinically-led, patient focused NHS.

    The second formal meeting of the group took place today and Lesley-Anne Baxter, Chair BIOS, said: "The BIOS is delighted to be a part of this group and will continue to raise the profile of the profession of Orthoptists and the role they play in providing value for money services to commissioners."

    "We are doubly pleased to be involved with a multi-professional group which includes ophthalmologists, optometrists and opticians."

    The aim of the Council is 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.

    The Council plans to work in partnership with NHS England, to support the development of services to meet local needs and improve outcomes based on best evidence and in the most patient sensitive and cost-effective ways.

    The Clinical Council is now contributing to the development of NICE accredited commissioning guidance on cataract and glaucoma services. The Council will then move on to look at the best ways of improving the quality and efficiency of services for age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy in line with indicator 4.12 of the Public health outcomes framework.

  • 21 January 2014 8:35 AM | Anonymous
    In December 2013 the UK NSC (part of Public Health England) confirmed that:

    "Screening for visual impairment between 4 and 5 years of age should be offered by an orthoptic-led service.

    Although refractive error and strabismus would be detected by screening, amblyopia is the most likely condition to be detected in this age defined population."

    Systematic population screening is therefore recommended.


    Helen Griffiths, Joint BIOS Vision Screening Lead, is working again on updating the map of services offered throughout the UK & I and would appreciate your help with accurately mapping services.

    Please respond when asked - it is the only way we can build a clear picture of what's being offered.
  • 13 January 2014 2:33 PM | Anonymous
    You would be forgiven for not having heard of the Better Care Fund and think it has nothing to do with you if you are a hospital-based Orthoptist in England. But you would be wrong!

    In June 2013,  £3.8 billion worth of pooled budgets between health and social care, was announced.This is the biggest ever financial incentive for councils and local NHS organisations to jointly plan and deliver services, so that integrated care becomes the norm by 2018.

    The worry for those working in the secondary care sector is that it will take away funds from already cash-poor hospitals.
    Some already face significant financial challenges and the integration fund will make their situation even tougher. Employer organisations across different regions have made it clear that the fund must not have the unintended consequence of removing acute capacity without reducing demand for hospital beds for good.

    Read more about the Better Care Fund:





    • Are you working collaboratively and redesigning services to meet the needs of users and communities?
    • Are you working across social and health care boundaries?
    • If so, we want to know about it and you may still be eligible for a BIOS Innovation Fund contact me at mailto:bios@orthoptics.org.uk.

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