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  • 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

  • 06 January 2015 8:23 AM | Anonymous

    These can be found using the following link Standards & guidelines

    They are samples and will probably need to be adapted to each different situation - but they form a useful basis and a way to get started.

  • 17 December 2014 4:18 PM | Anonymous


    The Department of Health and Public Health England have set the outcomes to be achieved and funding available to commission public health services.

    For the outcomes and service specification please go to: http://tinyurl.com/q7xfpp4

  • 11 December 2014 10:14 AM | Anonymous

    Our website system has this week added site search capability to its features. The search box is located immediately above the main menu to the left of the screen.

    View of search box location

    Just type in the word(s) you want to search for, and hit 'Enter'.

    The system is new, and we do not yet know its limitations (if any). If you have good, bad or unexpected experiences with it, please let us know at bios@orthoptics.org.uk

  • 02 December 2014 9:56 PM | Anonymous

    From the Health Service Journal:

    NHS England has appointed the directors of most of the organisation’s new ‘sub regions’ which are to be created as part of a restructure designed to cut costs by 15 per cent.

    The 12 sub regions will replace the current 24 area teams outside of London when the new structure is introduced in shadow form from 5 January.

    It will reduce the number of very senior managers by up to 25 per cent and see NHS England outside the capital operate more like the London region, with staff working for different areas as required.


    The new sub region which will include Thames Valley and Bath area team is yet to appoint a director

    Directors of commissioning operations have been appointed in nine areas.

    An email to staff sent today said the remaining three posts would be advertised “more widely but still internally within NHS England” next week.

    It said: “These new roles will be key in the single integrated regional tier. Whilst the individuals will have responsibility for their sub regional patch, they will be working flexibly as part of the regional team.”

    The three regions NHS England has failed to appoint in are the sub regions covering the current Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and Durham, Darlington and Tees area teams; the Thames Valley and Bath, Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire area teams; and the Wessex area team which is to become a sub region.

    Most of the appointees are covering areas that were not previously part of their patch (see below).

    The newly appointed sub regional directors of commissioning operations are:

    • Moira Dumma - Yorkshire and the Humber (former director of Cheshire, Warrington and Wirral area team)
    • Graham Urwin - Lancashire and Greater Manchester (former director of Shropshire and Staffordshire area team)
    • Clare Duggan - Cheshire and Merseyside (former director of Merseyside area team)
    • Wendy Saviour - North Midlands (former director of Birmingham and Black Country area team)
    • David Sharp - Central Midlands (former director Leicestershire and Lincolnshire area team)
    • Andrew Reed - West Midlands (former director of East Anglia area team)
    • Andrew Pike - East (former director of Essex area team)
    • Anthony Farnsworth - South West (former director of Bristol, North Somerset, Somerset and South Gloucestershire area team and acting director of Devon, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly area team)
    • Felicity Cox - South East (formerly director of Wessex area team)
  • 23 November 2014 10:39 AM | Anonymous

    A drug that prevents elderly people losing their sight should be routinely available on the NHS, says the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

    Avastin has been found in clinical trials to be safe and effective for patients with wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), a major cause of sight loss in older people.

    The Royal College says switching to the drug could save the NHS £100m.

    Avastin is cheaper than the officially approved treatment, Lucentis.

    Both drugs are made by Roche - but Lucentis is marketed by Novartis in the UK.

    Read more here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30138097

  • 04 November 2014 11:48 AM | Anonymous

    Allied health professionals (AHPs) are a growing part of the NHS workforce, accounting for over £2bn of the salary bill, yet there is remarkably little data on the contribution they make to the quality of patient care, new research published by the Nuffield Trust and Health Foundation reveals today. 

    In a comprehensive new report, published as part of the QualityWatch programme, researchers examine the role of AHPs – practitioners in the public, private and voluntary sector who deliver services including physiotherapy, speech and language therapy and paramedic services. 

    The analysis finds that there has been a significant increase in the numbers of AHPs, with numbers of registered practitioners rising by 53% since 2002, and NHS-based practitioners rising by a third. This meant that by 2013, AHPs made up around 6% of the NHS workforce and accounted for an estimated £2bn of the NHS salary bill. 

    Read the full news release on the QualityWatch website.


  • 04 November 2014 11:44 AM | Anonymous

    The Minister was speaking as he gave the opening address at the Northern Ireland Advancing Healthcare Awards, the first of a two-day event entitled ‘Taking Charge of Change’. The Minister presented awards to the winners of six categories from over one hundred applicants, as well as an overall winner.

    Addressing an audience of senior Health and Social Care (HSC) staff, AHP representatives from across the UK and clinicians from the twelve Allied Health Professional groups at the City Hotel, Londonderry, Minister Wells said: “These awards recognise the importance and diversity of the AHPs. The finalists are excellent examples of the positive impact their practice has in improving outcomes for patients, clients and carers.”

    The Department’s Strategy, ‘Improving Health and Well-being through Positive Partnerships for Allied Health Professions in Northern Ireland’, sets out the following themes, which are reflected in the AHP awards:

    • Promoting person centred practice and care;
    • Enabling delivering safe and effective care;
    • Maximising resources for success;
    • Supporting and developing the workforce.

    The Minister said: “AHPs are committed to providing a high standard of health and social care to the people of Northern Ireland and I am encouraged to see that, through their practices, they are delivering the strategic direction set by my Department.”

    Concluding, Minister Wells said: “There is no doubt that we are experiencing very difficult times within the health service and we all have a responsibility to continue to deliver high standards service within restricted budgets. Person centred care is central to our health service and AHPs have a key role to play at the forefront of the change agenda.”

    See full article http://www.northernireland.gov.uk/news-dhssps-241014-allied-health-professionals

  • 24 October 2014 8:23 AM | Anonymous

    Stunning news from the AHP Awards Northern Ireland, Londonderry, last night (23/10/14) as Orthoptists win the award in the Screening category AND Orthoptic assistants also win the award for outstanding achievement by a support worker, the latter from the Western Health and Social Care Trust. 

    More details on the awards and process when we have them

    Congratulations to all!

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