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 [...]
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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 [...]
BIOS support with HCPC CPD Audits Orthoptists are currently renewing our registration with the HCPC and some of you may have been selected for the CPD audit. Following the 2017 audit one of our members very kindly shared her experiences and profile to support those who may be chosen in the next cycle. Please find below a copy of the article and the sample CPD profile: Experiences of an HCPC CPD Audit Sample CPD profile This is in addition to the information on the HCPC website which also includes 2 profiles. The links can be found here: https://www.hcpc-uk.org/cpd/cpd-audits/ https://www.hcpc-uk.org/cpd/cpd-audits/completing-a-cpd-profile/how-to-complete-your-cpd-profile/cpd-sample-profiles/ [...]
Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances we have had to postpone the Northern Region Clinical Meeting due to be held in Newcastle on June 25 2019. We are looking to reschedule the event for later in the year, when it will be advertised via PV and on the events pages: https://www.orthoptics.org.uk/event/ We are sorry for any inconvenience caused. All or or events are advertised on our events page.
Dr Lauren Hepworth, Research Orthoptist has been awarded a Stroke Association Post-Doctorial fellowship. The fellowship will start in September 2019 for 3-years. This is a prestigious award with only 15 being awarded over the last 10 years. As a result of being a successful applicant she was invited to attend the Stroke Association’s annual Amazing Brains event. The fellowship will support the validation work of the Brain Injury Visual Impairment Impact Questionnaire (BIVI-IQ). It is well known that visual problems can cause problems with many everyday activities and loss of independence. It is [...]
BIOS Member only content Your membership to BIOS allows you to see the content below when you are signed into the website Start date: August 2019 Reporting to: BIOS Chair and Trustees BIOS is pleased to announce a co opted role on Council. This is an opportunity for a new graduate orthoptist to be part of the advisory experts of BIOS and contribute to current and future developments of the Society. The current post holder will come to the end of their term of office in August 2019. This is a [...]
BIOS welcomes the publication of the Interim NHS People Plan on Monday and its recognition of the need to provide strong backing to the NHS workforce if they are to deliver on the Long Term Plan. However, the plan still lacks sufficient detail to show how these positive ambitions can be realised, particularly without any substantial increase in funding. In particular, we were encouraged by the continued focus on increasing recruitment to undergraduate courses in orthoptics, and other shortage professions. The orthoptics profession has already seen progress in this through the Office for Students funded Strategic Interventions in Health Disciplines [...]