Every orthoptist will have had experiences around the pandemic that they could never have imagined before. Orthoptists around the country have had to change the way they work, and deal with massive work, personal or family issues – so now is not the time to think about research. BUT there will be many things that have, or will, be done differently - either temporarily or permanently. When the crisis has passed, it will be the time for reflection and audit about what changed, how it changed, what worked, what didn’t, and what affected patient care for better, worse or not [...]
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Kay Pictures would like to quickly develop a home vision-monitoring kit for your patients undergoing amblyopia treatment to use during this difficult period when clinical appointments may not be available. It will be in the form of a free app for parents to download on any phone. We are also hoping to extend the free period to use our iSight Test app, but I believe that a vision monitor app is more appropriate for parents to use at home, as this test will measure vision in a different way, and allow parents to plot changes in vision by recording test [...]
Child vision screening 2019 – services are available but still work to do! Orthoptic-led child vision screening aims to pick up amblyopia (commonly known as “lazy eye”), where the vision in one or both eyes does not develop properly. It is estimated that 1 in 50 children will develop this condition. Often younger children are unaware there is anything wrong with their vision, as they have grown up with and become used to it. If undetected, the condition can result in lifelong and irreversible reduced vision in the affected eye. A Freedom of Information (FOI) in request in 2019 by [...]
Below you will find guidance on working and keeping safe, as well as updates on the effect of this on BIOS events and ongoing work. We hope you find this helpful but please do let us know if you have any specific concerns or enquiries. The priority for BIOS in such a challenging time is, as always, the physical and mental health of our members. Follow official guidance and organisational action plans which are changing daily – the most up to date details from each country can be found here: England: https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/ Scotland: https://www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus Northern Ireland: https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/news/covid-19-coronavirus Wales: https://gov.wales/coronavirus Republic of Ireland: https://www.gov.ie/en/organisation/department-of-health/?referrer=/ If [...]
Updates in relation to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) are changing rapidly as the spread of the virus develops. BIOS will continue, as always, to prioritise the health and safety of our members and their patients. The most up to date details from each country can be found here: England: https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/ Scotland: https://www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus Northern Ireland: https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/news/covid-19-coronavirus Wales: https://gov.wales/coronavirus Republic of Ireland: https://www.gov.ie/en/organisation/department-of-health/?referrer=/ BIOS Updates Due to the effect of COVID-19 on the day to day running of health services across the UK, we have made the decision to shorten the period we are asking for data from the period Monday 2 March – Sunday 15 [...]
The Vision Screening CAG has collected BIOS national vision screening audit data since the 2014-15 academic year. Collated data have formed reports used as evidence to support decisions made by the UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) and development of Public Health England (PHE) guidance on vision screening. Additionally service providers have found the information useful to benchmark their own services and drive service improvements. The latest report, for 2017-18 is available here: https://figshare.shef.ac.uk/articles/BIOS_VISION_SCREENING_AUDIT_Academic_Year_2017-2018/10282781/1 Last year the data collection period was changed to February/ March following feedback, as many areas were unable to collect all data by the previous December [...]
UPDATE: Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, we have made the decision to suspend the collection of data early. We are therefore now only requesting data for Monday 2 March - Sunday 15 March, as well as the information in the Head and Lead Orthoptist Questionnaire. We are still requesting this data is returned for Thursday 9 April 2020. During the month of March we are conducting a full UK wide Orthoptic work force survey. This is to ensure that we have a clear profile of the current workforce and their clinical and non clinical activity. This will be used to [...]
HeartUnions week will be taking place from 10 to 16 February 2020. A week of activity throughout England and Wales that highlights the good work that unions do every day to offer everyone a voice at work. It’s a chance to tell the story about why unions are vital for everyone at work, and encourage people who aren't yet in a union to join. Every year it's a chance for reps and activists to publicise what they've been doing and make the case for union membership. In 2020, the campaigning theme for HeartUnions is standing against sexual harassment at work. [...]
Kate Thomas, (pictured right), Orthoptic Assistant Practitioner working at Bridgend Eye Unit, has become the first person to be awarded an Agored Certificate for a passing a module in the newly created Agored Cymru Level 3 Certificate in Fundamentals of Ophthalmology (Wales) qualification. Carl Verracchia, (pictured left), Interim Unit Manager at Princess of Wales Hospital, presented Kate with her certificate and praised the team’s commitment to training and service improvement. This nationally accredited course has been conceived and written by the Orthoptic team at Princess of Wales Hospital. It represents the culmination of two decades of work, which began as [...]
Do you work in the North region of England? You could help to shape BIOS and make decisions about the future of our professional body? You could devote a little bit of time and be part of a dynamic and forward-thinking team. Would you like to be a Board member of the Charity, a Director of the company and a member of the executive BOSTU committee – then please consider joining our team of Trustees for this rewarding position. If you would like to apply please submit your CV and supporting statement which should include the names of the 2 [...]