The oldest optical organisation in the world has launched a new scheme this week for early career eye health and sight loss professionals. The Journeyman scheme is new for 2021 and is aimed at people of any age who are within their first few years of working in any optical profession or in the sight loss sector. It gives more people the chance to get to know the organisation at an earlier stage, get involved and eventually move up to full membership of the Spectacle Makers’ Company. The cost is a one-off £30, valid for up to five years and people [...]
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Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) worked in partnership with Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust, NHS England and NHS Improvement and Health Education England to develop a Long COVID and post-COVID-19 syndrome introductory elearning session for all healthcare professionals, registered and unregistered. About the session Long COVID and post-COVID-19 syndrome is an emerging condition and one that we are continuing to learn more about. The elearning session was developed to provide healthcare professionals with a basic introduction to long COVID and post–COVID-19 syndrome. The 30 minute session explains what we mean by long COVID and post-COVID-19 syndrome, the common signs and symptoms, investigations and how patients might be assessed and supported with these. Accessing the session To read more about the session, please visit the Long COVID programme page.
There are still some places available for delegates who wish to attend the Autumn/Winter 2021 OPT Training The Trainers programme: The following dates have some availability: OPT TTT – Thursday 16 September 2021 (online, full day) OPT TTT – Monday 27 September 2021 (online, full day) OPT TTT – Monday 11 October 2021 (online, full day) OPT TTT – Thursday 4 November 2021 (online, full day) OPT TTT – Thursday 9 December 2021 (online, full day) There is no charge for the course, but capacity is limited to 18 delegates, and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. These courses are suitable [...]
Dear BIOS members, after the huge success of the last LOOP virtual conference, I am pleased to announce we will be holding another virtual event on 24 November 2021! The event will focus on two key areas. Extended role business planning: everything you need to know for successful implementation ACP & apprenticeships: barriers, support and lessons learnt The LOOP virtual conference is a fantastic opportunity to share ideas, support fellow leaders and ensure that all orthoptists benefit from the hard work that has and will continue to be undertaken. This is a call for speakers to be part of the [...]
A new Research non-Clinical Advisory Group is being set up through BIOS, and we are seeking: n-CAG members Steering committee members An updated list of research mentors (find out more about the research mentorship group here) If you would like to be a n-CAG member, or to sit on the steering committee, please email Kerry Hanna firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. Previous research mentors will be contacted in due course to update our records, but if you have never been listed as a research mentor through BIOS, and have some research experience (early career or highly experienced) and would like to support orthoptists embarking on [...]
Public Health England (PHE) have published the first ever Vision Atlas, looking at the geographical variation in risk factors and healthcare for eye health across England. The new vision atlas represents the first PHE output solely focused on eye health. The atlas brings together 32 indicators across the whole vision patient pathway, from describing populations at risk of poor eye health, through screening to healthcare services, and health outcomes. The atlas provides new analyses of hospital eye services including outpatient appointments, intravitreal injections, cataract and retinal detachment surgery. As with all Atlases of Variation as well as providing up to [...]
MMedSci Ophthalmology Advanced Clinical Practice (Paediatrics) New three-year part-time Masters Course offered by The Division of Ophthalmology and Orthoptics at The University of Sheffield through distance, online and work-based learning. Suitable for: Current paediatric eye-care practitioners (Orthoptists, Optometrists and Ophthalmic Nurses) who want to advance their specialist ophthalmic practice skills. Excellent communicators with paediatric patients Professionals wishing to reach advanced clinical practitioner status in paediatric ophthalmology Course Description A new and exciting opportunity for Orthoptists, Optometrists and Ophthalmic Nurses to advance their specialist ophthalmic practice skills. Practitioners will gain a comprehensive and advanced knowledge of paediatric [...]
An agreement on new flexible working rights aimed at giving NHS staff a better work-life balance is announced today (Tuesday) by health unions and NHS employers. The deal will make it easier for workers to request flexible working arrangements including a right to do so from the first day staff are employed in the NHS. It is expected to help the NHS recruit and retain health workers. The agreement comes at a time when many health employers and their staff are beginning to consider new ways of working. The government has already promised a consultation on work flexibility for all UK workplaces. Poor work-life [...]
BIOS Conference 2021 - Friday 11 June Development of LED JIA Screening Programme - Alison Baxter, Specialist Orthoptist NHS Lanarkshire IVT Extended Role - Julianne Baker, Specialist Orthoptist and Non-Medical Injector NHS Lanarkshire Shared Care Glaucoma - Kendal Hinds, NHS Fife Ophthalmic Practitioner Training / OCCCF - Nadia Northway, Glasgow Caledonian University Clinical Advisory Groups - Advancing Practice Connor Beddow, Paediatric Ophthalmology CAG Nicola Bennet & Katie Meakings, Glaucoma CAG Declan McClements, Medical Retina CAG [...]
June 21-27 is Macular Week, a chance to show the impact of macular disease, promote work to find a cure, as well as highlighting the work being done by healthcare workers in this area. This year, the members of our Retinal Disease CAG steering committee have shared their stories of their work in this extended role. We're sharing these on social media during the week but you can have a look at them below: