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Today we launched the Placement Expansion Resource Library (PERL), a bespoke portal of resources, allowing students to gain confidence and expertise in clinical decision making, despite clinical placement limitations. PERL will support orthoptic students whose placements have been disrupted by COVID and facilitate the roll-out of virtual placements well into the future. It will also be accessible to BIOS members to use for their own learning, or to support inter-professional teaching. PERL is the result of a successful bid to Health Education England’s (HEE) Clinical Expansion Fund, for £90,000, to restart and grow the provision of clinical placements. This enabled [...]
Last Thursday was the fourth AHPs Day, our annual opportunity to celebrate the incredible achievements and the massive impact of allied health professionals! The BIOS social media accounts were busy all day, with over 11,000 impressions on Twitter and 3,000 on Facebook. Some highlights include a video from Sue Elliott, Head Orthoptist at Salisbury District Hospitals, sharing her story of working on orthoptics, and a Martha Waters, a former BIOS New Grad Rep, discussing her research project on how the use of smart phones can impact your eyesight. If you wanted a visual representation of all of this, check out [...]
Professional associations are led (governed) through formal structures made up of members and non- members who provide strategic leadership and direction for our organisations and the professions we represent. It is widely recognised that diversity at the most senior levels of organisations helps improve the way they are run and managed. Increasing diversity within the governance of our professional associations (i.e. our Board/ Council and Committee structures) is essential for boards to stay informed and responsive and to navigate the fast-paced and complex changes facing the association sector. Boards whose members have different backgrounds and experience are more likely to encourage [...]
BIOS is pleased to announce the launch of a new fund, the Orthoptic Education Fund (OEF), to provide financial support for the education and further training of Orthoptists. We welcome applications from BIOS members who are able to demonstrate how the funds will be used to support our charitable aim, ‘to encourage the study and improve the practice of orthoptics’. This may be used to fund training courses or to support attendance at a conference you are presenting at or contributing to. Small grants are also available for current pre-registration orthoptic students, where they face financial hardship that risks preventing them [...]
The BIOS Member Survey is a chance for you to have your say about the information and services that we provide, and will help determine our priorities for development in the next year. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VP8GTG3 There are 34 questions, and the survey should take you no longer than 10 minutes to complete. This survey is open to all members. Don't forget to provide your contact details at the end of the survey to be entered into a prize draw to win one of five £25 gift vouchers.* PLEASE NOTE: Individual responses to this survey are confidential and will be used by BIOS for [...]
On the 14th of October, we will be joining with the 13 other allied health professions (AHPs) to celebrate the 4th annual AHPs’ Day. AHPs are the third largest clinical workforce in the NHS, with significant opportunities to support delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan. AHPs’ Day is an annual opportunity for AHPs to come together and celebrate being part of the AHP family, and the day gives an opportunity to showcase to others the impact they make to the delivery of high-quality care. The collaborations in services, organisations, trusts, regions and nationally enable: Improved awareness of the role [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]