Find out what's happening and how to get involved this World Orthoptic Day, including a link to our new social media guide. World Orthoptic Day falls on the first Monday of each June and is a day when orthoptists globally promote their profession and cerebrate the fantastic work they do. It is organised by the International Orthoptic Association (IOA), made up of 15 member national professional organisations and 6 associate member organisations. What's going on this year? As always there's plenty going on this year but much of the focus will be around the IOA's two competitions, [...]
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Families and individuals across the UK are being urged by health unions, including BOS TU, to create colourful window displays in their homes and workplaces today to show support for NHS staff on the day they should have been getting a pay rise. Artworks designed by children’s illustrators and writers are part of a growing collection of posters available to download from a campaign page designed by the 14 unions, who between them represent more than a million health workers across the UK. This includes drawings from Nick Sharratt, whose books include Shark in the Park, Ketchup on Your Cornflakes? and the You Choose [...]
NHS staff in the rest of the UK will be “bewildered” as they contrast the pay offer in Scotland with plans for the rest of the UK, the 14 NHS unions have told the Prime Minister. The representatives of 1.3 million NHS workers have today (Thursday) written to Boris Johnson asking to meet with him and his officials to find a way forward. Three weeks ago, the Department of Health and Social Care signalled its intention to award a 1% pay rise later this year following the outcome of the NHS pay review body, blaming the current state of public finances. Today’s letter reminds the government of the [...]
LOOP Virtual Event - March 2021 Job Planning - Veronica Greenwood, Chair of BIOS The BIOS Job Planning Guide is available to members here. AHPs Into Action - Carly Hegarty, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital Equitable Allocation Update - Claudine Wallace, Lecturer in Orthoptics GCU Paediatric Diagnostic Clinics - Chloe Gerrard & Oliva MacLelland, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital Redesigning Paediatric Health Visitor Referral Pathway - Faye Mather, Warrington and Halton NHS Teaching Hospitals [...]
The SIHED team have released a series of online CPD training courses focusing on outreach work with young people and career changers, available for free on the HEE E-Learning for Healthcare platform. In 2020, the number of applications to study Allied Health Professions increased for the first time in several years, with a 17.5% jump in UCAS applications to begin AHP degree courses this year. The change has come about for a number of reasons, including the pandemic, which has raised the profile health careers in general, the re-introduction of government bursaries, and initiatives to promote the AHPs. One such [...]
The Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers has opened the Bronze Medal competitions for 2021. To be eligible, research papers must have been published in the period 1 September 2020 – 31 July 2021 and submissions must be received by 9am on Monday 2 August 2021. The Ruskell Medal is a highly prestigious award for the best research paper in ophthalmology or vision science published during the qualifying period by an individual working in the UK. The paper must make a significant contribution to the advancement of our understanding of vision and the prevention of unnecessary blindness. You can find all [...]
The Clinical Placement Expansion Fund is a fantastic opportunity to develop a bespoke portal of resources, allowing students to gain confidence and expertise in clinical decision making despite clinical placement limitations. Although this will be of particular benefit during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we intend to make it an invaluable resource for many years to come, and it will contribute to expanding and supporting the profession. The online portal will be accessible to students from all four Universities offering Orthoptics, and tutors across all clinical placement sites.
BIOS broadly welcomes the publication of the Government's new White Paper on reforming the health and social care system in England, "Integration and Innovation: working together to improve health and social care for all". The document sets out how the Government legislative plans, to be made through the Health and Care Bill, and it undoes many of the changes introduced through the Coalition Government's Health and Social Care Act 2012. In particular, there is a focus on moving away from competition and compulsory tendering towards more integrated care. The proposals also return accountability for the NHS to the secretary of [...]
Recommendations for the Immediate Management of the Child Vision Screening Backlog for 2019/20 and 2020/21 in EnglandRich Huzzey2021-02-15T15:25:34+00:00
The Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning (CCEHC), of which BIOS is a member, has today published recommendations for children who have missed out on vision screening due to the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 has caused major interruptions in education and child health services. This has meant that Child Vision Screening services have been delayed, postponed or cancelled for some of the children who started Reception Year in 2019 (and possibly some who started in 2020), resulting in a backlog of children who have not been screened. The primary aim of Child Vision Screening is to identify all children aged 4 [...]
HeartUnions week this year takes place from 08 to 14 February 2021. A week of activity throughout England and Wales that highlights the good work that unions do every day to offer everyone a voice at work. Heart Unions is our chance to tell the story about why unions are vital for everyone at work, and encourage people who aren't yet in a union to join. Every year it's a chance for reps and activists to publicise what they've been doing and make the case for union membership. 2020 was a tough year for all and for those working in [...]