NHS Improvement have recently posted a new online discussion, giving AHPs the opportunity to voice their ideas on how the NHS can best maximise the impact of our workforce across the system. Back in January, the NHS published its Long Term Plan, broadly laying out how it will look to develop over the next ten years to best provide a service fit for the future. There was much to be positive about, including commitments to increasing investment in CPD and taking steps to promote flexibility and career development. However, much of the success of the wider Plan will depend upon [...]
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We were extremely disappointed to hear on Thursday that the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) had approved an 18% increase in registration fees from October 2019. This would mean that fees will have risen by 40% since 2014, outstripping both inflation and the pay of health and care staff. This is in spite of widespread opposition to the fee increase from across the 15 health and care professions set to be affected. BIOS joined a wide range of professional bodies, unions and individual professionals to voice their opposition in the recent consultation. Indeed 90% of those that responded opposed [...]
Dr. Marianne Coleman, research orthoptist, and Susie Aldiss, health psychologist and children’s cancer researcher, have secured a £225 patient and public involvement grant from the Research Design Service South-East. Marianne and Susie will use the money for involvement work with up to 3 families of children with retinoblastoma, who have undertaken patching treatment for ‘lazy eye’ (amblyopia). Retinoblastoma is the most common eye cancer in children – treatment usually involves removing the affected eye, but thanks to recent medical advances, more eyes are being saved. This leads to secondary amblyopia and the need for patching to treat this. This involvement [...]
Orthoptists - come along to the BIOS workshop on June 14th for a series of talks and activities about how to collect evidence to change your practice. You can sign up here. If you are interested in finding out more: Visit our Research page. Keep up to date with the latest research in the BIOS journal, BIOJ.
Jigs Mehta from Liverpool has recently been awarded a poster prize for outstanding work as an Early Career Female Researcher at the Women in Vision UK 2018 Meeting held on December 18th 2018. Well done Jigs! If you are interested in finding out more: Visit our Research page. Keep up to date with the latest research in the BIOS journal, BIOJ.
Orthoptists regularly see patients with double vision, otherwise known as ‘diplopia’. In fact the investigation, diagnosis and treatment of diplopia is a daily part of the job for a lot of Orthoptists. Research into the common symptoms patients experience is important. Orthoptists need to show, or measure, how symptoms affect patients and their lives, as well as measure the effects treatments are having. Beckie Lijka recently graduated as an Orthoptist from the University of Sheffield. As part of her final year dissertation she undertook a research project exploring the impact of double vision on reading. Beckie then developed her research [...]
A new trial will aim to get glasses to four- and five-year olds who need them in order to improve their maths and reading skills, the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) announced today. Pupils in 100 schools will take part in a trial of Glasses for Classes, a programme developed by a team at the University of Leeds and the Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The NHS recommends that all children receive an eyesight test in their first year of school. Roughly 10–15% of children fail their eyesight test, and of these around a third are not taken to the opticians to [...]
There’s never been a better time to develop your career and a new animation and careers resource developed by Health Education England can help you do just that. It aims to inspire, motivate and unleash the often-untapped talent across all the Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) across the country. The careers resource includes eight potential areas for career development. Within each area, it provides a wealth of information to highlight the wide range of career development options, all whilst continuing to work clinically if desired. AHP colleagues taking different career journeys from across the 14 disciplines appear on film. Visit the [...]
The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is delighted to announce the appointment of Christine Elliott as its Chair. Currently, Christine is the Senior Independent Director on the College of Policing Board, where she has chaired the Regulatory Consultative Group and Audit and Risk Committees. She is an independent member of the Editors' Code of Practice Committee and Chair of Borough Market. In her career, Christine has held a number of Chief Executive roles, including Bletchley Park, where she led the regeneration of the Second World War code breaking site, turning it into an internationally renowned and award winning museum. She [...]
NHS Improvement’s Clinical leadership – a framework for action promotes the importance of more professionally diverse leadership teams. It highlights some of the barriers to clinicians, such as Orthoptists, reaching the most senior levels. This is hugely positive and we would like to see it act as a spur for more of our members to progress to leadership positions. This guide reflects one of the priorities of the recent NHS Long Term Plan, which highlights the importance of visible senior clinical leadership in enabling and assuring the delivery of high quality care. It has been recognised that professionally diverse teams [...]