World Orthoptic Day 2021 World Orthoptic Day 2021 was a fantastic success once again. Orthoptists around the world took to social media to promote the profession and share what they’ve been doing to celebrate. In particular the IOA’s Orthoptic Selfie competition and the brand new Orthoptic Tetris Challenge caught peoples’ imaginations, with some fantastic entries coming in from all around the world. Here’s a few of our favourites: Incredible use of prisms at Alder Hey This entry for the Tetris Challenge from Royal Stoke shows real commitment! East Sussex had a number of great posts, but we liked their Tetris [...]
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BIOS support with HCPC CPD Audits Orthoptists will be renewing their registration with the HCPC from 1 June, and some of you may have been selected for the CPD audit. Approach of the HCPC during COVID-19 Pandemic Due to the affect of the current pandemic, HCPC have introduced the following measures: Many registrants may have been redeployed, taken on new roles or undertaken training for the sue of PPE or other COVID-related procedures. These new skills and experience can be used as the basis for reflective learning Extra time can be given to submit a CPD profile [...]
BIOS and 13 organisations urge employers to recognise the value of allied health professional support workersRich Huzzey2021-05-26T09:42:45+01:00
Allied health professional support workers must get equitable access to consistent and sustainable funding for education and professional development opportunities to support safe and effective patient care, warned a 14-strong coalition of organisations today. Allied health professional (AHP) support workers continue to be a crucial part of the pandemic response, yet many report feeling invisible, with their knowledge, skills and experience being underused. The coalition warns that healthcare services are failing to use the knowledge, skills and experience of allied health professional support workers in a planned and strategic way, undermining efforts to meet the demands of a growing population [...]
Find out what's happening and how to get involved this World Orthoptic Day, including a link to our new social media guide. World Orthoptic Day falls on the first Monday of each June and is a day when orthoptists globally promote their profession and cerebrate the fantastic work they do. It is organised by the International Orthoptic Association (IOA), made up of 15 member national professional organisations and 6 associate member organisations. What's going on this year? As always there's plenty going on this year but much of the focus will be around the IOA's two competitions, [...]
Advanced Clinical Practice in Ophthalmology Optimising & Empowering our Ophthalmic Workforce Monday, 10th May 2021 11:00 – 13:00 Agenda including: Introduction to ACP governance and financial structures Regional case studies of successful practice Q&A with expert panel More details via flier here.
Families and individuals across the UK are being urged by health unions, including BOS TU, to create colourful window displays in their homes and workplaces today to show support for NHS staff on the day they should have been getting a pay rise. Artworks designed by children’s illustrators and writers are part of a growing collection of posters available to download from a campaign page designed by the 14 unions, who between them represent more than a million health workers across the UK. This includes drawings from Nick Sharratt, whose books include Shark in the Park, Ketchup on Your Cornflakes? and the You Choose [...]
NHS staff in the rest of the UK will be “bewildered” as they contrast the pay offer in Scotland with plans for the rest of the UK, the 14 NHS unions have told the Prime Minister. The representatives of 1.3 million NHS workers have today (Thursday) written to Boris Johnson asking to meet with him and his officials to find a way forward. Three weeks ago, the Department of Health and Social Care signalled its intention to award a 1% pay rise later this year following the outcome of the NHS pay review body, blaming the current state of public finances. Today’s letter reminds the government of the [...]
LOOP Virtual Event - March 2021 Job Planning - Veronica Greenwood, Chair of BIOS The BIOS Job Planning Guide is available to members here. AHPs Into Action - Carly Hegarty, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital Equitable Allocation Update - Claudine Wallace, Lecturer in Orthoptics GCU Paediatric Diagnostic Clinics - Chloe Gerrard & Oliva MacLelland, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital Redesigning Paediatric Health Visitor Referral Pathway - Faye Mather, Warrington and Halton NHS Teaching Hospitals [...]
Focus on Wellbeing A Webinar Programme For Health and Social Care Staff March – May 2021 The aim of third Focus on Wellbeing Programme is to empower and encourage health and social care staff and unpaid carers to enhance personal resilience and self-care. The programme content is linked to the range of resources available on the National Wellbeing Hub www.nationalwellbeinghub.scot The Focus on Wellbeing Programme will be updated and circulated periodically with information on new topic sessions for your benefit, so please refer to the ‘Key Dates’ page on the National Wellbeing Hub Please circulate this programme widely to staff [...]
The SIHED team have released a series of online CPD training courses focusing on outreach work with young people and career changers, available for free on the HEE E-Learning for Healthcare platform. In 2020, the number of applications to study Allied Health Professions increased for the first time in several years, with a 17.5% jump in UCAS applications to begin AHP degree courses this year. The change has come about for a number of reasons, including the pandemic, which has raised the profile health careers in general, the re-introduction of government bursaries, and initiatives to promote the AHPs. One such [...]