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 [...]
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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 [...]
Next week sees the launch of the WeLearn #AllOurHealth 2020 Virtual Student Event, a week-long social media learning event to extend the reach of All Our Health. Public Health England’s (PHE) All Our Health framework is a call to action to all health and care professionals to embed prevention within their day to day practice. The All Our Health educational materials, tools and resources that have been developed to help health and care professionals make huge impacts in preventing illness, protecting health and promoting wellbeing. The free and open access WeLearn #AllOurHealth Virtual Student event is a WeCommunities and [...]
The latest report from the Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) programme highlights how eye care services could be rethought to make better use of available resources. Demand for Ophthalmology services has risen significantly - with referrals from primary care up 12% since 2013/14 - and repeated studies suggests it will continue to rise, particularly in light of an ageing population. The report was written in response to the impact of this on ophthalmology departments, that are often struggling to keep pace. The approach of the report is to draw on best practice to identify ways to optimise provision and [...]
The International Orthoptic Association (IOA) Congress is coming to the UK this year, taking place 20-23 June in Liverpool. This is a fantastic opportunity and could be the we are keen to encourage as many members as possible to take advantage of this. We are therefore pleased to announce that we are offering two types of funding to support members in covering the costs of attending - Presenter Awards and New Graduate Awards. Presenter Awards - Deadline Extended The Council has agreed that £1500 will be made available to fund 6 awards of £250 each to help members [...]
Every year thousands of multi-professional learners undertake clinical placements. For Health Education England, the quality of teaching, learning and assessments in work-based placements lies at the heart of its responsibility in the NHS. The National Education and Training Survey (NETS) is now live, HEE are surveying all healthcare learners across all clinical learning environments about their placements. NETS is different because it gathers feedback from all learner and trainee roles across the NHS and beyond. By completing NETS you are helping to make improvements to the quality of education and training – helping you to deliver exceptional patient care. Complete [...]
The membership of BIOS is growing but we're looking to expand our community further! We know that the best way of reaching new members is through our existing members - you know what you value about being part of BIOS, and are perfectly placed to promote this to your colleges. A larger membership gives us more influence and a wider network of advocates to promote the orthoptic profession. This year, we have introduced a new Member Get Member campaign. If you're a BIOS member, for each new member that you recommend, we'll give you a £10 gift voucher to [...]
One of the main benefits of BIOS membership is the support you gain to continue your education in orthoptics and develop your practice. This is not only a condition of HCPC registration but also key to being an effective practitioner. We offer a wide range of high quality CPD events, heavily discounted for our members. But we also now offer an online log within the members area on our website for you to record you CPD. Recording your ongoing training is incredibly easy with our CPD log, but we've put together a quick guide just to explain how it can [...]
In response to 'the strength of feelings and the arguments' put forward by registrants, the HCPC has decided to reconsider its proposal to increase fees by 18%. The HCPC announced late last year that it was planning to increase its fees by 18% from October 2019, an increase that would have meant that fees had risen by 40% since 2014. This would have massively outstripped inflation and had a hugely negative impact on many healthcare workers who have seen their wages stagnate over the same period. BIOS joined with other AHP professional bodies and trade unions in opposing this unfair [...]
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 [...]