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Our campaign to raise awareness of Orthoptists and the work that they do.


Brand new video for World Orthoptic Day 2019


To mark World Orthoptic Day 2019, we are pleased to announce the launch of a new video explaining a little about the work that Orthoptists do. This year, Orthoptist Martha Waters discusses the importance of vision screening in uncovering amblyopia in children. She then explains what amblyopia is, describing how it can be treated by an orthoptist and the profound effect this can have on a child's vision.. You can find out more about orthoptics in our public information section Find out about our My Eyes My Orthoptist Campaign, also launching on World Orthoptic Day [...]

Brand new video for World Orthoptic Day 20192019-06-05T08:20:22+01:00

World Orthoptic Day 2019


On 3 June every year, IOA World Orthoptic Day is the opportunity to heighten the visibility of the orthoptic profession and to promote the activities of orthoptists locally, nationally, and internationally. This year as always BIOS will take this opportunity to increase awareness of the valuable work being done by Orthoptists. This year sees the launch of our long-awaited #MyEyesMyOrthoptist campaign, aiming to promote a greater awareness of the vital role of Orthoptists. The IOA will be running their much loved annual orthoptic-selfie competition. We will be releasing a new educational video on amblyopia and the importance of vision screening. [...]

World Orthoptic Day 20192019-06-05T08:19:56+01:00

First UK-wide Public Health Strategic Framework launched


The new AHP (Allied Health Professionals) Public Health Strategic Framework is launched today, by Public Health England and the AHPF, of which BIOS is a member. The Framework sets out the vision for the roles of Allied Health Professions in public health over the next 5 years and the goals to achieve that vision. Orthoptists in public health Orthoptists already play a huge role in promoting public health and continue to make progress. Last week’s AHP Public Health Impact Report highlighted a few of the ways in which they have made a significant impact. Orthoptists were instrumental in [...]

First UK-wide Public Health Strategic Framework launched2019-05-08T11:15:48+01:00

Sheffield students first in world to study new medicines module


Congratulations to the first Orthoptists who have qualified in using the exempted medicines! The first ever medicines students have gained their qualification from The University of Sheffield and are expecting annotation on the HCPC register at any minute! They will be able to independently supply the prescription only and pharmacy only medicines exempted for Orthoptists, to patients. This is great news for patient care, for Orthoptics as a profession and for NHS provision! Congratulations to Orthoptists Louise Blackburn, Greg Richardson, Joshua Simmons, Haseeb Ali, Aishah Baig, Rebecca Bailey, Karzan Hughes, Sabrina Katharpermall, Olivia King, Faye Mather, and Sarah Spain who [...]

Sheffield students first in world to study new medicines module2019-04-29T12:31:29+01:00

NICE Quality Standards for Serious Eye Disorders


The Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning (CCEHC) welcomes the recent publication of the NICE Quality Standards for Serious Eye Disorders to support the planning and delivery of high quality care. We are particularly pleased to see that these have adopted Indicator 11 from the Portfolio of Indicators for Eye Health and Care: “% Hospital appointments that occur within 25%  of their intended follow up period, including rescheduling of hospital initiated cancellations and non-attendance” in the following quality statements: NICE QS 4 - Process statement (c) for AMD NICE QS 5 – Process statement (b) for Glaucoma This is another [...]

NICE Quality Standards for Serious Eye Disorders2019-04-29T12:08:16+01:00

Work and Health e-learning for healthcare professionals


The new Work and Health e-learning programme, developed by Public Health England and Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare, helps healthcare professionals to recognise the value in talking to patients about work. The e-learning will support them to make brief interventions such as discussing the health benefits of work with patients, talking about return to work and advising on adjustments at work. Good work is crucial to good health - in fact, unemployment increases the risk of early death by 63%.  Healthcare professionals can play a key role in helping patients to improve their health outcomes by remaining in or [...]

Work and Health e-learning for healthcare professionals2019-04-16T10:05:52+01:00

Urgent Request: Please check your ESR data


We are calling on all Heads of Service and Professional Leads to check their data on the NHS Electronic Staff Record (ESR) to ensure that it correctly identifies the amount of Orthoptists. In our work promoting the orthoptic profession, it is essential that we have accurate data. However the current data from the ESR has inflated the number of Orthoptists working in the NHS. Indeed, current figures from NHS Digital records more Orthoptists working in the NHS than the total number registered with HCPC. This is potentially due to the inclusion of other eyecare professionals working in the same departments, such as [...]

Urgent Request: Please check your ESR data2019-04-29T12:28:59+01:00

Changes to enhanced shared parental and child bereavement leave


Following the 2018 pay deal, shared parental leave pay is due to be enhanced for employees under the 2018 NHS Terms and Condition of Service. Child bereavement leave provisions will also be introduced. The NHS Staff Council has assembled a partnership sub group to take this work forward and help organisations prepare for the introduction of new arrangements, likely from 1 April 2019. Shared parental leave Shared parental leave is currently available in the NHS but unlike maternity and adoption pay, shared parental pay is only paid at statutory levels. Pending endorsement from the Staff Council (including from devolved administration [...]

Changes to enhanced shared parental and child bereavement leave2019-03-20T15:04:04+01:00

BIOS Trustee Vacancy – Your Chance to Make a Difference!


Could you help to shape BIOS and make decisions about the future of our professional body? Could you devote a little bit of time and be part of a dynamic and forward-thinking team?  A Trustee role could be for you…... Would you like to be a Board member of the Charity, a Director of the company and a member of the executive BOSTU committee – then please consider joining our team of Trustees for this rewarding position. We are recruiting for 2 Trustees one for Northern Ireland and one for England South, as Jane Hanley and Joy White come to the [...]

BIOS Trustee Vacancy – Your Chance to Make a Difference!2019-03-22T08:15:28+01:00