We are currently seeking input from members to feed into our response to the Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning's (CCEHC) draft Community Eye Services Framework. The Framework, formerly known as the Community Ophthalmology Service Framework is intended as a national guide for Primary Care Networks (PCNs), Integrated Care Systems (ICSs), Integrated Care Providers (ICPs) and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), for the planning, commissioning and provision of eye health and care services. the changes have been made for consistency and alignment with otehr eye health services, namely Primary Eye Care Services and Hospital Eye Services. It forms part of the CCEHC's [...]
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We were all excited to see the launch of PHE’s major new Mental Health campaign, ‘Every Mind Matters’ on 7th October, supported by the Royal Family and numerous celebrities. The campaign supports everyone to feel more confident in taking action to look after their mental health and wellbeing – advocating a range of self-care actions to promote good mental health and tackle common problems, as well as signposting wider resources and services for those in greater need. Through use of the campaign’s content and navigation tool, our aim is for 1 million adults to be better informed and equipped to [...]
BIOS today responded to the Department for Health and Social care (DHSC) consultation on tackling the causes of preventable ill health in England. We welcome the increased focus on prevention from the government but would encourage a greater focus on vision and eye care. We identify a number of areas in our response, such as child vision screening and orthoptic assessments for stroke and falls patients, that can have a significant impact in preventing both treatable vision defects as well as wider associated health issues. In particular we raised the need for: Mandatory child vision screening in schools and [...]
NHS Improvement and NHS England have produced a new interactive leadership guide for allied health professionals (AHPs), which was released at the Chief AHPs’ Interim People Plan Conference in Birmingham today. About the new guide This new interactive PDF resource shares the findings from a project to explore common factors which contribute to AHP leadership development. By combining trust executives’ expectations of AHP leadership, with individual accounts from chief AHP leaders (see also - ‘Investing in chief allied health professional leadership: insights from trust executives’), the report identifies the common features that combine to create a platform and framework [...]
Through the magic of virtual reality, you can now experience what it is like to be an Orthoptist in an immersive 360 VR video. The video was produced by Health Education England (HEE), as one of four videos aimed at promoting careers in the allied health professions (AHPs). Designed for use with VR headsets, the video allows you to look around the environment and watch short films embedded in it. highlighting the typical work done by an Orthoptist. The videos can be found on the HEE website, along with videos on Podiatry, Therapeutic Radiography and Prosthetics and Orthotics. [...]
Public Health England's (PHE) new mental health campaign ‘Every Mind Matters’ launched on 7th October. It supports everyone to feel more confident in taking action to look after their mental health and wellbeing – promoting a range of self-care actions to promote good mental health and tackle common problems, as well as signposting wider resources and services for those in greater need. Through use of the campaign’s content and navigation tool, PHE’s aim is for 1 million adults in England to be better informed and equipped to look after their own mental health and support others. The campaign’s online tool [...]
Improved support for parents and families of newly diagnosed children with vision impairment was unveiled during the British & Irish Paediatric Opthamology & Strabisimus Association (BIPOSA) conference earlier today (4 October 2019). Starting Point, a leaflet that can be given to families at the point of diagnosis, has been redesigned to help signpost parents to appropriate resources and professionals, while encouraging early intervention in order to improve outcomes for children. It now includes weblinks to online information such as the newly launched sightadvicefaq.org.uk, which pulls together content from across the sight loss sector and answers questions such as: ‘How will [...]
We're looking for someone passionate about rising awareness of allied health professions to write a series of blogs demonstrating the positive impact that Orthoptists in Scotland have on the health and well being of patients. You'll receive experience and guidance in writing blogs, CV enhancing national exposure and profile, the gratitude of fellow AHP clinicians and get paid for your time! Background: Project Aim: To increase awareness of AHPs among the public and policy influencers by generating a widely accessible bank of “stories” which demonstrate AHPs positive impact on health and wellbeing outcomes. Allied health professions (AHPs) have a [...]
This year I had the opportunity to attend the Public Health England conference for one day and I was swept up in the magnitude of work PHE undertakes in a number of arenas. As always with parallel sessions at conferences it was difficult to choose which sessions to attend as they were all very interesting and relevant. Duncan Selbie opened the conference with thanking everyone who are working tirelessly to improve the health of the nation. Likewise at BIOS we would like to thank you all for engaging in the Public Health agenda and doing your part: having healthy conversations, [...]
"There is nothing more unfair than the equal treatment of unequal people" This is a quote from Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) and presented to us at the August NHSE workshops on Equality and Diversity designed for AHP leads and run by Thomas Kearney, Deputy CAHPO. Julie Dowdney, BIOS Vice Chair, attended the Swindon meeting and Veronica Greenwood, BIOS Chair, attended the Leeds meeting. We have prepared some take home messages from the events, and also some actions that BIOS will explore to ensure this stays high on our professional agenda. Workforce Race Equality Standard As you may be aware, the NHS [...]