BIOS is delighted to announce our first joint Fight for Sight /BIOS co-funded Small Research Grant Award. The Award is up £15,000 over one year. This is a significant sum that could fund equipment, specific research training, research staff or time, or specialist services. It is designed as a stepping-stone to a research career in core orthoptic topics, or for small scale projects with potential for further development into larger applications to bodies such as the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The main criteria specify the successful applicant will be an orthoptist, with BIOS membership, leading or carrying out [...]
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To mark World Orthoptic Day 2020, BIOS have released a video focusing on the advanced and extended roles of orthoptists. While orthoptists are primarily experts in the diagnosis and management of vision disorders and eye muscle problems, in recent years they have increasingly taken on roles that are advanced or extended beyond their primary roles. This has been vital to support the ever growing ophthalmology service in the NHS, a role that has become particularly vital as these services look to manage the situation around the COVID-19 pandemic. The video therefore introduces some of the common advanced and extended roles [...]
Part of the Royal Society of Medicine COVID-19 Series. Date: Thursday 21 May 2020 Time: 12:30pm - 1:00pm As the coronavirus pandemic has progressed, evidence has emerged that black, Asian and minority ethnic patients are being disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Dr Sarah Filson, infectious diseases specialist and RSM Trustee, will lead a discussion on why this is happening, with Dame Donna Kinnair, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing and Professor Kevin Fenton, Regional Director, PHE London and Regional Director of Public Health, NHS London. Register here.
Dear colleague Covid-19 has touched almost every aspect of our lives in the last few months and has put additional pressure on the NHS and its workforce. At Health Education England, we recognise that having the most up-to-date information and insight will help us ensure we are providing the best possible support to the NHS workforce. We are inviting you to complete a short questionnaire and join an online workshop, which will be open for two weeks, to enable you to share your experiences about: The range of deployment or redeployment of advanced and consultant practitioners across the health system [...]
Fast, comprehensive and accessible testing, and the ongoing, ample supply of protective kit are among measures that must be in place for the NHS to be opened up safely as the UK begins to ease the lockdown, say health unions today. BOS TU, alongside 15 other health unions, have drawn up a nine-point blueprint, which also calls for salaried staff to be paid properly for every hour worked. The unions want to ensure that – as out-patient clinics and operations resume – the NHS continues to operate a safety-first approach. The unions represent more than a million staff working in [...]
This webinar will be hosted on Microsoft Teams as a live event and can be accessed using the following Joining Link at 11:00am on the 15th of May. This webinar will be recorded, and uploaded alongside the slide deck to the resource library within the COVID-19 Incident response forum on FutureNHS- https://future.nhs.uk/SeniorAHP/view?objectId=19027600.
BIOS joins forces with other Allied Health Professionals to call for the extension of prescribing rightsRich Huzzey2020-05-12T15:34:36+01:00
This week, we joined with the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, the British Dietetic Association, the Royal College of Occupational Therapists, and the Society of Radiographers to call on the Government to extend prescribing rights to our members. In a joint letter to Jo Churchill, the Minister for Prevention, Public Health and Primary Care, we called on the Government to use the opportunity of the Medicines and Medical Devices Bill’s passage through Parliament to maximise the impact of our members. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the potential for AHPs to take on new and extended roles to support [...]
NHS England and NHS Improvement, in partnership with the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, will be delivering a webinar on Wednesday 13 May 2020, 1pm – 2.30pm to explore the use of video consultations within ophthalmology services. We will explore how eye services can take advantage of video to deliver consultations to support their patients during the current COVID-19 pandemic and into the future. The webinar will aim to raise awareness, share information and demonstrate successful case study examples of the new technologies being implemented within existing services. A high-level description of the planned content is provided below: A summary of [...]
In light of the COVID-19 situation, the IOA made the prudent decision to reschedule the IOA congress that was to have taken place June 20-23 in Liverpool. The dates for Congress have now been confirmed as: Thursday 9th - Sunday 12 June 2022 No action is required by anyone currently booked to attend IOA 2020, as you will be automatically transferred to the corresponding dates at IOA 2022. However, as this is two years away, full refunds are available if requested, and available until the end of the year. Full details on this, cancelling hotel bookings and information on abstract [...]
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 [...]