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21 May – BAME patients and COVID-19 – Webinar

2020-05-19T09:12:57+01:00

Part of the Royal Society of Medicine COVID-19 Series. Date: Thursday 21 May 2020 Time: 12:30pm - 1:00pm As the coronavirus pandemic has progressed, evidence has emerged that black, Asian and minority ethnic patients are being disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Dr Sarah Filson, infectious diseases specialist and RSM Trustee, will lead a discussion on why this is happening, with Dame Donna Kinnair, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing and Professor Kevin Fenton, Regional Director, PHE London and Regional Director of Public Health, NHS London. Register here.

21 May – BAME patients and COVID-19 – Webinar2020-05-19T09:12:57+01:00

Questionnaire and Workshop: Consultant and Advanced Clinical Practice

2020-05-18T13:43:25+01:00

Dear colleague Covid-19 has touched almost every aspect of our lives in the last few months and has put additional pressure on the NHS and its workforce. At Health Education England, we recognise that having the most up-to-date information and insight will help us ensure we are providing the best possible support to the NHS workforce. We are inviting you to complete a short questionnaire and join an online workshop, which will be open for two weeks, to enable you to share your experiences about: The range of deployment or redeployment of advanced and consultant practitioners across the health system [...]

Questionnaire and Workshop: Consultant and Advanced Clinical Practice2020-05-18T13:43:25+01:00

BOS TU joins health unions to publish blueprint for the safe opening up of the NHS

2020-05-15T12:16:26+01:00

Fast, comprehensive and accessible testing, and the ongoing, ample supply of protective kit are among measures that must be in place for the NHS to be opened up safely as the UK begins to ease the lockdown, say health unions today. BOS TU, alongside 15 other health unions, have drawn up a nine-point blueprint, which also calls for salaried staff to be paid properly for every hour worked. The unions want to ensure that – as out-patient clinics and operations resume – the NHS continues to operate a safety-first approach. The unions represent more than a million staff working in [...]

BOS TU joins health unions to publish blueprint for the safe opening up of the NHS2020-05-15T12:16:26+01:00

BIOS joins forces with other Allied Health Professionals to call for the extension of prescribing rights

2020-05-12T15:34:36+01:00

This week, we joined with the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, the British Dietetic Association, the Royal College of Occupational Therapists, and the Society of Radiographers to call on the Government to extend prescribing rights to our members. In a joint letter to Jo Churchill, the Minister for Prevention, Public Health and Primary Care, we called on the Government to use the opportunity of the Medicines and Medical Devices Bill’s passage through Parliament to maximise the impact of our members.  The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the potential for AHPs to take on new and extended roles to support [...]

BIOS joins forces with other Allied Health Professionals to call for the extension of prescribing rights2020-05-12T15:34:36+01:00

New Date for Postponed IOA Congress Confirmed

2020-04-29T13:01:41+01:00

In light of the COVID-19 situation, the IOA made the prudent decision to reschedule the IOA congress that was to have taken place June 20-23 in Liverpool. The dates for Congress have now been confirmed as: Thursday 9th - Sunday 12 June 2022 No action is required by anyone currently booked to attend IOA 2020, as you will be automatically transferred to the corresponding dates at IOA 2022. However, as this is two years away, full refunds are available if requested, and available until the end of the year. Full details on this, cancelling hotel bookings and information on abstract [...]

New Date for Postponed IOA Congress Confirmed2020-04-29T13:01:41+01:00

COVID Experiences – message from the BIOS Director

2020-03-30T12:03:02+01:00

Every orthoptist will have had experiences around the pandemic that they could never have imagined before. Orthoptists around the country have had to change the way they work, and deal with massive work, personal or family issues – so now is not the time to think about research. BUT there will be many things that have, or will, be done differently - either temporarily or permanently. When the crisis has passed, it will be the time for reflection and audit about what changed, how it changed, what worked, what didn’t, and what affected patient care for better, worse or not [...]

COVID Experiences – message from the BIOS Director2020-03-30T12:03:02+01:00

Development of home vision-monitoring kit

2020-03-24T11:30:53+00:00

Kay Pictures would like to quickly develop a home vision-monitoring kit for your patients undergoing amblyopia treatment to use during this difficult period when clinical appointments may not be available. It will be in the form of a free app for parents to download on any phone. We are also hoping to extend the free period to use our iSight Test app, but I believe that a vision monitor app is more appropriate for parents to use at home, as this test will measure vision in a different way, and allow parents to plot changes in vision by recording test [...]

Development of home vision-monitoring kit2020-03-24T11:30:53+00:00

Child Vision Screening – FOI Results Published

2020-03-18T14:21:47+00:00

Child vision screening 2019 – services are available but still work to do! Orthoptic-led child vision screening aims to pick up amblyopia (commonly known as “lazy eye”), where the vision in one or both eyes does not develop properly. It is estimated that 1 in 50 children will develop this condition. Often younger children are unaware there is anything wrong with their vision, as they have grown up with and become used to it. If undetected, the condition can result in lifelong and irreversible reduced vision in the affected eye. A Freedom of Information (FOI) in request in 2019 by [...]

Child Vision Screening – FOI Results Published2020-03-18T14:21:47+00:00

COVID-19 / Coronavirus – Member Guidance

2020-04-02T14:19:33+01:00

Below you will find guidance on working and keeping safe, as well as updates on the effect of this on BIOS events and ongoing work. We hope you find this helpful but please do let us know if you have any specific concerns or enquiries. The priority for BIOS in such a challenging time is, as always, the physical and mental health of our members. Follow official guidance and organisational action plans which are changing daily – the most up to date details from each country can be found here: England: https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/ Scotland: https://www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus Northern Ireland: https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/news/covid-19-coronavirus Wales: https://gov.wales/coronavirus Republic of Ireland: https://www.gov.ie/en/organisation/department-of-health/?referrer=/ If [...]

COVID-19 / Coronavirus – Member Guidance2020-04-02T14:19:33+01:00

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

2020-03-30T12:02:49+01:00

Updates in relation to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) are changing rapidly as the spread of the virus develops.  BIOS will continue, as always, to prioritise the health and safety of our members and their patients. The most up to date details from each country can be found here: England: https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/ Scotland: https://www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus Northern Ireland: https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/news/covid-19-coronavirus Wales: https://gov.wales/coronavirus Republic of Ireland: https://www.gov.ie/en/organisation/department-of-health/?referrer=/ BIOS Updates Due to the effect of COVID-19 on the day to day running of health services across the UK, we have made the decision to shorten the period we are asking for data from the period Monday 2 March – Sunday 15 [...]

COVID-19 / Coronavirus2020-03-30T12:02:49+01:00