This Photo by Unknown Author is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND Daniel Williams takes a tongue in cheek look at the benefits of being registered blind It isn’t all bad - you won’t have initials after your name but to be registered severely sight impaired (blind) you don’t need to have complete sight loss but will need to meet certain criteria. So, whilst you may be able to see enough to get around in a reasonably upright manner (except after a visit to the pub), if you pass the test, you’re in! Registering is voluntary, confidential and opens up [...]
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As A-level results day approaches, Carly Hegarty discusses the importance of clearing and the opportunities available for current orthoptists to promote their profession. The universities have received an increased number of applications for the orthoptic undergraduate course this year. However, they will still need to go through Clearing to recruit sufficient number of students. Following the publication of the Scottish exam results on 6th August, Glasgow Caledonian University received a lot of interest via clearing. Congratulations to those who have secured their places to study in September. Students in England and Wales are looking forward to their A Level results [...]
The Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning (CCEHC) has recently published its priorities for implementing the NHS Long Term Plan. The Long Term Plan has the potential to address many of the most significant challenges facing eye health services, stemming from capacity pressures and the fragmentation of care pathways. The CCHEC has developed some of the changes required to address these challenges, aligning with the ambitions of the Plan. This includes implementing the System and Assurance Framework for Eye-health (SAFE), which looks to support the coordination and commissioning of eye heath services at the level of Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships [...]
BIOS have joined with other clinical professional bodies to voice their support for the direction of travel signalled in the NHS England Long Term Plan and Interim People Plan. In particular, the signatories welcomed the emphasis on multi-disciplinary working and wider training opportunities for professional development within the NHS and have put forward a set of principles that we believe should be encompassed in the Final people Plan. Ensuring a holistic view of patient care is put centre stage through provision of continuity of care and cross-organisational multi-professional team working. Increased numbers of staff in all disciplines are welcome [...]
I See The Difference looks to raise awareness of careers in orthoptics, highlighting the diverse and fascinating work done by Orthoptists. Find out how you can get involved to promote the profession.
The value of having a chief AHP in all trusts is recognised in the publication today of a new report, ‘Investing in chief allied health professional roles: insights from trust executives’. Produced by NHS England and NHS Improvement, the report draws on the contributions from trust executives to show that once chief AHP leadership is in place, the value and contribution of the workforce is immediate. Chief AHPs In June 2018 NHS Improvement published ‘Leadership of allied health professionals: what exists and what matters’, an evaluation summary for trust boards and clinicians. The evaluation report revealed wide variation in [...]
Launch of new Social Prescribing Framework for Allied Health Professionals The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), along with Public Health England (PHE) and NHS Improvement, has developed a framework to support Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) to increase their social prescribing and to create a vision of social prescribing for AHPs. In developing this framework, research found that nearly half (44%) of AHPs felt that their knowledge of social prescribing ‘required improvement’. This new framework aims to fill these gaps, and has been produced based on extensive consultation with AHPs and their professional bodies. The framework, ‘Driving forward social prescribing’, [...]
The I See The Difference website has been relaunched to include a whole range of further information and resources for prospective students. New sections, include guidance of student finances and clearing. It also now includes updates on the latest resources, such as the recent WOW Show Healthcare Special and the new guide, "Everything You Need To Know About Being An Orthoptist", put together by BIOS's Work Shadow Lead, Carly Hegarty. You can find out about all the latest additions here: https://www.iseethedifference.co.uk/category/updates/ I See The Difference: Promoting Careers in Orthoptics Officially launched in September 2018, the I See the Difference [...]
The Ophthalmic Common Clinical Competency Framework (OCCCF) curriculum has now been launched, providing standardised and recognised competencies for non-medical professionals working in ophthalmic secondary care across the UK. This is the culmination of work by BIOS, alongside the The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth), the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), and the College of Optometrists (CoO), with funding from Helath Education England (HEE). Originally, the OCCCF was produced to recognise the increased levels of demand on eye services, which has led to orthoptists, along with optometrists and ophthalmic nurses, increasingly taking on expanded roles within multi-disciplinary teams. The Framework has [...]
The Wow Show - showcasing AHP careers to young people UPDATE: The full show is now available on demand below Health Education England is working with NHS Health Careers and The WOW show to inspire the next generation of allied health professions (AHPs) in a live broadcast of the WOW show on Wednesday 26th June at 10am - you can see a preview to the show here This fast-moving interactive online magazine show will showcase the full range of AHP professions to encourage interest in AHP careers. It will be watched live by 100s of school children up [...]