An update from Lorna Pankethman BIOS representative at the British Thyroid Foundation (BTF) Apologies for a very long overdue update but better late than not at all! Firstly, I wanted to remind you about the TEAMeD project for improving outcomes in Thyroid Eye Disease (TED). Many of you will be aware of this project and may even have posters about it in your clinic. This was initially a three year project in which the BTF and TEDct worked closely with the British Oculoplastic Surgery Society (BOPSS). The aims were to establish an appropriate multidisciplinary specialist ophthalmology service for TED and [...]
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The date is fast approaching for the Virtual (Liverpool) International Orthoptic Congress, which sadly had to be postponed from 2020 due to the pandemic and will now be held virtually for the first time in the history of the IOA. The Local Organising Committee and Congress Scientific Committee are proud to present the programme for the Congress. This exciting 3-day event includes over 90 accepted submissions from 15 different countries. The submissions demonstrate how orthoptists are continuing to develop their practice, extending it to new areas and contributing to good clinical science. Delegates can look forward to hearing from experienced [...]
Joint NHS Union react to RCN pay breach The NHS unions are deeply disappointed that the RCN has taken the decision to back out of the collective position on NHS pay agreed by everyone in January and confirmed in a formal vote of the Staff Council staff side. All 14 unions (including BIOS) signed up to the collective call for an urgent NHS retention package, with an inflation busting pay rise at its heart. This package, which aims to help the NHS hold on to increasingly disillusioned staff, formed the basis of the joint union evidence submitted to the NHS [...]
Have your say on revised proposals for a new, single-colourway Allied Health Professions uniform for NHS staff in England. NHS England and Improvement and NHS Supply Chain are seeking support from All AHP organisations for a new, standardised AHP uniform, as part of an ongoing national uniform project. The outcome of the project will affect all Orthoptists and Orthoptic support workers employed by the NHS in England, in settings where a uniform is worn. Tell us whether you feel the proposed design and colour choices would meet the needs of occupational therapy practitioners, colleagues, patients and the public. Do you [...]
HEE and BIOS Return to Practice BIOS and HEE have been working together on a workforce supply project and have collated some valuable information for orthoptists returning to practice. The article (available below) from Health Education England and BIOS take us through the process and support available through the Return to practice programme in England. There are also links for support in Wales and Scotland. An employers guide will be available upon request (please contact the BIOS office) Read the article in full here
Paediatric Ophthalmology Webinar, 31st January 2022 Introducing the MMedSci ACP Ophthalmology (Paediatrics) at The University of Sheffield, Dr Charlotte Codina Paediatric Cataracts, Lucy Barker ACP Experience and Top Tips, Eleanor Kelly and Vinay Josson Orthoptic Role: Paediatric Suspicious Discs, Kimberley Hall
LOOP Virtual Conference Redesigning the glaucoma pathway - Julia Devine, Somerset NHS Foundation Trust MMedSci Ophthalmology ACP (Paediatrics) - where will it take us? - Charlotte Codina, University of Sheffield Advances in ROP screening: The role of the orthoptist in an imaging led service - Ravi Purohit, Oxford Eye Hospital Ophthalmic Practitioner Training - Melanie Corbett, OPT Using CIP (Cost Improvement Plan) as a means for service development in Orthoptics - Sonia Macdiarmid, Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Development of Paediatric Neuro-ophthalmology [...]
BIOS Glaucoma Virtual Afternoon 12th December 2021 So what do we mean by progression? - Connor Beddow, Advanced Orthoptist Moorfield Eye Hospital OCT use in Glaucoma Care - Maria Napier, Consultant Ophthalmologist Northern Ireland Virtual Glaucoma Clinics at The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust - Jonathan Graves, Highly Specialist Orthoptist
SEN CAG Virtual Afternoon 12th December 2021 All presentations discussed in the afternoon can be found here: SEN CAG Virtual Afternoon Presentations SEN CAG Virtual Afternoon Introduction SEN CAG Virtual Afternoon Part 1 SEN CAG Virtual Afternoon Part 2
BIOS Vision Screening CAG Update 4/11/21 Introduction - Asad Atiq Public Health Update - Fiona Bush, BIOS Public Health Lead The impact of the Coivd-19 pandemic on vision screening - Fiona Crotty A parent survey to explore enablers and barriers to Paediatric eye care in London- Dr Miriam Conway