This year, for the very first time, Health Education England’s national conference for advanced practitioners is being held online as a virtual event. Featuring a mixture of live, pre-recorded and interactive sessions available on demand, the virtual conference will run on Monday 9 November and Thursday 12 November 2020. The proposed schedule is as follows: Monday 9 November: Welcome and introduction, and keynotes (9am – 11am), on demand workshops open from 11am Thursday 12 November: Introductions, workshop feedback, regional sessions (10.30am – 1.30pm) Research poster competition – call for abstracts Advanced practitioners and trainees are invited to submit abstracts for poster presentations of their [...]
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27 August 2020 1800 – 2130hrs, UK time Open to anyone working in health care and/or with an interest in equality, diversity and inclusion. Register https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEucuuuqTwjH9KeXzlmNbTuFjHu-g5m4Tvw Race & Equality #TheNewNHS The NHS has one of the most ethnically diverse workforces in the public sector. However, ethnic minority staff report worse experiences in terms of their lives and careers, when compared with white staff; people from an ethnic minority background are also under-represented in senior positions in the NHS. The impact of COVID-19 has highlighted again the complex structural racism and health inequalities which have disproportionately affected the NHS workforce and patients [...]
BIOS welcomes the publication of the NHS England’s People Plan as further recognition of the value of NHS staff and the need to provide them with greater support. However, while the plan sets out some positive measures, there remains a lack of real detail on key issues, such as addressing staff shortages and the role of allied health professionals. The Plan offers up some positive measures to support staff, particularly welcome given the increased pressure many have been throughout the response to COVID-19. This includes further support for staff health and wellbeing, a commitment to tackle systemic inequalities and make [...]
The Royal College of Ophthalmologists OPT faculty is hosting the following free webinar: Title: Getting Started in Ophthalmic Practitioner Training (based on the OCCCF) Thursday 23rd July, 6.00-7.30pm Target audience: OPT Learners, Trainers and Clinical Leads This webinar is intended as a ‘how to’ guide for learners and supervisors who are keen to start OPT training within their departments. The webinar will provide a brief overview of the OPT curriculum, together with guidance for potential learners and supervisors on how to approach workplace based assessments, document evidence in the portfolio, and prepare for appraisal and certification. There will also be [...]
This project is a fully-funded PhD research opportunity at the University of Liverpool within the Department of Health Services Research. This project will support a full-time 3-year PhD studentship under the primary supervision of Prof Fiona Rowe. The University of Liverpool will provide comprehensive postgraduate doctoral training. Studentship funding (approx.. £15500 tax-free stipend) will be provided in partnership by the University of Liverpool and Haag Streit AG, in addition to funding provided for PhD student fees and training/conference costs (total funding package of about £30000 per annum). An honorary clinical contract will be arranged so that continued orthoptic clinical practice [...]
It is time to give NHS staff a meaningful pay rise and recognise the true value of their work. Today the 14 health unions representing NHS staff on the ‘Agenda for Change’ pay system have written to the Chancellor and Prime Minister to call for the next NHS pay round and the resulting settlement to be brought forward. Waiting until 2021 is not acceptable. The last few months have shone a light on the essential contribution NHS workers make. They have demonstrated immense strength in the face of adversity and the public has shown great appreciation for their work. There is a unique [...]
Eyecare and sight loss sectors- It’s time to work better together to support the 250 people in the UK that start to loose their sight every day!!Rich Huzzey2020-07-02T14:11:59+01:00
Daniel Williams, man on a mission with low vision takes a look at how eyecare and sight loss sectors can work better together for the benefit of low vision patients like himself. There is little doubt that optometry and ophthalmology in the UK provides excellent medical intervention to prevent and treat eye diseases, but for those who have permanent sight loss there is a lack of understanding and support and this can often come directly after suspected diagnosis. Yet eyecare professionals can work alongside local charities and services, supporting low vision patients to form a continuous chain. Patients, clinics, eye [...]
In response to an increasing number of calls and messages reaching out for support during these very uncertain times BIOS considers it vitally important to protect the health, safety and well being of our members. Psychological first aid is a humane supportive response to a fellow human being who is suffering and may need support in the wake of exposure to a potentially traumatic and emergency event such as the Covid pandemic. It entails basic non-intrusive pragmatic care with a focus on listening but not forcing talk, assessing needs and concerns, ensuring that basic needs are met and encouraging social [...]
The Nystagmus Network, a registered charity in England and Wales, is delighted to announce that it has been granted a Radio 4 charity appeal. The appeal will be presented by well known TV presenter, broadcaster and author, Richard Osman. Nystagmus is a serious form of visual impairment, characterised by uncontrollable eye movements. This affects the ability to focus, recognise faces and see the world in three dimensions. People with nystagmus need support at school, in employment and, often, with generally getting around. There is no cure, currently. Richard has nystagmus himself and says it is his “absolute pleasure” to be [...]
CAHPR is collating a list of COVID-19 related research activity among AHP’s. We are aware of Fiona Rowe’s survey, but if anyone is undertaking any other COVID-related research or audit, please could you let me know and I will pass it on to CAHPR. Thanks Anna Horwood BIOS Research Director If you are interested in finding out more: Visit our Research page. Keep up to date with the latest research in the BIOS journal, BIOJ.