During the month of March we are conducting a full UK wide Orthoptic work force survey. This is to ensure that we have a clear profile of the current workforce and their clinical and non clinical activity. This will be used to help discussions at local, regional and national levels and provide clear benchmarking data along with future predictions of workforce for the profession. It has been a number of years since the last full workforce survey and as our professional landscape is changing significantly it is timely to repeat this survey. This survey is not just for BIOS members but all Team [...]
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HeartUnions week will be taking place from 10 to 16 February 2020. A week of activity throughout England and Wales that highlights the good work that unions do every day to offer everyone a voice at work. It’s a chance to tell the story about why unions are vital for everyone at work, and encourage people who aren't yet in a union to join. Every year it's a chance for reps and activists to publicise what they've been doing and make the case for union membership. In 2020, the campaigning theme for HeartUnions is standing against sexual harassment at work. [...]
Kate Thomas, (pictured right), Orthoptic Assistant Practitioner working at Bridgend Eye Unit, has become the first person to be awarded an Agored Certificate for a passing a module in the newly created Agored Cymru Level 3 Certificate in Fundamentals of Ophthalmology (Wales) qualification. Carl Verracchia, (pictured left), Interim Unit Manager at Princess of Wales Hospital, presented Kate with her certificate and praised the team’s commitment to training and service improvement. This nationally accredited course has been conceived and written by the Orthoptic team at Princess of Wales Hospital. It represents the culmination of two decades of work, which began as [...]
Do you work in the North region of England? You could help to shape BIOS and make decisions about the future of our professional body? You could devote a little bit of time and be part of a dynamic and forward-thinking team. Would you like to be a Board member of the Charity, a Director of the company and a member of the executive BOSTU committee – then please consider joining our team of Trustees for this rewarding position. If you would like to apply please submit your CV and supporting statement which should include the names of the 2 [...]
BIOS are proud to support VisionUK's initiative to make 2020 a big year for eye health and sight loss. The year 2020 presents an opportunity in the UK not only to remind everyone about the impact of sight loss, but also to celebrate work undertaken both to eradicate avoidable sight loss and to support those living with vision impairment. We wish to celebrate 2020 and make it the ‘Year of Vision’. Matt Broom, CEO, Vision UK said “I am delighted to welcome all organisations to the “2020: Year of Vision” campaign. We will build on the spirit of collaboration that [...]
We are seeking expressions of interest from any members would like to be involved with a number of our clinical and non-clinical groups (CAG and n-CAG). These are great opportunities for any member with a particular clinical and/or academic interest in one of these areas to help the profession shape practise and provide guidance for members in these areas of clinical practise Lead roles: Vision Screening CAG co-lead role - the CAG is seeking to recruit a co-lead, preferably with an academic interest in vision screening. For any additional queries please contact Alison Bruce firstname.lastname@example.org or Karon McCarthy email@example.com Role [...]
The number of Eye Clinic Liaison Officers (ECLOs) has increased significantly in recent years, and the fact that people affected by sight loss in eye departments are receiving the practical and emotional support that they want, and need, has been a real positive step in eye care. ECLOs work directly with people with sight loss to provide information, advice, emotional and practical support, and onward referral to other services. Across the UK, there are currently approximately 130 FTE ECLO posts. RNIB deliver half of these, and around 25 are delivered by qualified ECLOs provided by Local Sight Loss Charities. Others [...]
What is happening at this stage: You may recall a report in the PV, April 2019, which gave some detail about the proposed work for eye care for children attending special school in England. This report aims to provide an update on progress with this. Stakeholders have been working together to move towards a centrally funded system whereby ALL children attending Special School in England receive comprehensive eye care within school by a MDT special schools eye care team. This is something that you have all either achieved in your area or continue to strive for and work really hard [...]
Students studying to become orthoptists will be among those benefiting alongside nursing and other allied health students from a new £2 billion package of financial support from September, Public Health Minister Jo Churchill has announced today. In December the Government announced that all new and continuing nursing, midwifery and many Allied Health students on pre-registration courses at English universities from September 2020 will receive a £5,000 annual maintenance grant, which they will not have to pay back. Additional payments worth up to a total of £3,000 per academic year will be available for students in specialisms or regions struggling to [...]
Eye research charity Fight for Sight has launched the ‘20 voices for 2020’ campaign, sharing the stories of 20 people whose lives have been impacted by sight loss. The campaign hopes to raise awareness of the personal impact of sight loss in the UK and the possibilities of science to make a difference. Fifteen-year-old Rose Roberts is lending her voice to the campaign. Rose was diagnosed with Stargardt macular dystrophy when she was seven years old. Since then, Rose’s eyesight has deteriorated and she no longer has central vision, leaving her severely sight impaired. Rose said: “When you suffer from [...]