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Seasonal Flu Vaccination for Orthoptists


As we head into the winter months, and with the COVID-19 pandemic still ongoing, it is more important than ever that more people receive the 'flu vaccine. Research from PHE shows that having both influenza and COVID-19 increases the risk of death. Getting the vaccine will also reduce pressures on NHS services at a time when COVID-19 cases might be rising. This is why governments in all four nations have extended the number of people who can receive a free vaccination. They include (but are not limited to): Frontline health or social care workers Those aged 65 and over (born on [...]

Seasonal Flu Vaccination for Orthoptists2020-11-30T10:39:44+00:00

Professional Bodies and Unions launch a set of CPD and lifelong learning principles for health and social care.


Professional Bodies and Unions launch a set of CPD and lifelong learning principles for health and social care. A working group comprising organisations from across a range of health and social care sectors has today launched a set of principles for continuing professional development (CPD) and lifelong learning. The principles are designed to guide individuals, employers and wider systems to create a culture of continuous improvement, workforce development and improve outcomes for service users. People working in the health and social care workforce operate in a changing, challenging and complex environment. Practising safely and effectively, now and in the future [...]

Professional Bodies and Unions launch a set of CPD and lifelong learning principles for health and social care.2019-02-13T08:53:49+00:00

Sheffield Masters – November 2018


Have you considered the MMedSci (Vision and Strabismus) at The University of Sheffield? The MMedSci in Vision and Strabismus is now run yearly, so our next intake will begin in September 2019.  The course begins with a residential weekend here in Sheffield 14-15th September 2019 and continues by distance learning. With students currently studying with us from all over the globe – Namibia, Botswana, Singapore, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Holland and Trinidad and Hong Kong to name but a few, our course has a great, global welcome to all. There are now module choices for [...]

Sheffield Masters – November 20182019-01-28T13:53:05+00:00

The Health and Care Professions Council Protecting the public


The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is a regulator of health and care professionals and our aim is to protect the public. To do this, we keep a register of health, psychological and social work professionals who meet our standards for their training, professional skills, behaviour and health. Orthoptists please see the attached advert from the HCPC.  Click here to view.

The Health and Care Professions Council Protecting the public2019-02-13T09:06:25+00:00

I See The Difference Campaign Official Launch


There has been a lot of work going on behind the scenes, now the British and Irish Orthoptic Society are proud to introduce to its members the launch of an exciting new campaign. Officially launched on 29th September 2018, the campaign is part of the Strategic Interventions in Health Disciplines (SIHED) programme. This is a three year initiative to deliver sustainability of the Allied Health Professions, with a particular focus on the four most vulnerable, Orthoptics, Podiatry, Therapeutic Radiography and Prosthetics and Orthotics. The campaign aims to raise awareness of Orthoptics, while overarching messages will highlight the connections Allied Health [...]

I See The Difference Campaign Official Launch2021-02-02T08:55:32+00:00

Featured article: It’s national eye health week!


It's national eye health week - a year since our child vision screening resources were published Posted by:Professor Anne Mackie, Posted on:26 September 2018 A week might be a long time in politics but a year can feel like a lifetime in the health service! It's hard to believe that it was almost a year ago when we published the suite of resources to support the commissioning and delivery of high quality vision screening for 4 to 5 year olds in England. As this is national eye health week (24 to 30 September 2018) it feels like the perfect time to remind everyone of this work [...]

Featured article: It’s national eye health week!2019-02-13T09:08:20+00:00

HCPC fees consultation


HCPC fees consultation HCPC are consulting on the fees to be charged in connection with registration and renewal.  The main renewal fee will rise from £90 to £106 annually with similar increases in other fees. This takes place in the context of changes to fitness to practice, need to invest and reduction in  numbers registered by the HCPC (due to social workers moving to a new register). The consultation can be read http://www.hpc-uk.org/assets/documents/100058C0ConsultationonHCPCregistrationfees.pdf Email your comments to bios@orthoptics.org.uk by 23 November or respond directly to the HCPC. The consultation questions Q1 Do you agree that the HCPC should invest in preventing fitness to practise [...]

HCPC fees consultation2019-01-21T14:58:48+00:00

‘Watch your step’- Why it’s important to assess vision for falls prevention?


Why it’s important to assess vision for falls prevention? Try balancing on one leg with your eyes closed - tricky isn’t it? We know that we need the right input from the visual, proprioceptive and somatosensory systems to stay on our feet. NICE guidance (2013) clearly states that the multifactorial assessment should include an assessment of visual impairment. There has been progress in raising the importance of vision assessment in falls patients with the introduction of tools such as the RCP ‘Lookout Bedside vision check’ tool and the Thomas Pocklington ‘Eye Right Toolkit’ but the NICE impact report on falls and fragility fractures highlighted that [...]

‘Watch your step’- Why it’s important to assess vision for falls prevention?2019-02-01T14:46:59+00:00