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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

New research on visual problems in acute stroke survivors


A new University of Liverpool study, published in PLOS One, highlights the high incidence and prevalence of visual problems in acute stroke survivors. A stroke is a serious life-threatening medical condition that occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. The injury to the brain caused by a stroke can lead to widespread and long-lasting problems. Currently, visual problems are often under-reported by survivors of acute strokes. In order to ascertain the number of new cases of Post stroke visual impairment (PSVI) and their prevalence, researchers from the University’s Department of Health Services Research, led [...]

New research on visual problems in acute stroke survivors2019-03-13T15:29:03+01:00

Encouraging mature students into orthoptics


A new report into the recruitment of mature students into nursing midwifery and allied health courses highlights the further work required to promote careers in orthoptics. The report was commissioned by the Office for Students (OfS) as part of their ongoing strategic interventions in health education disciplines (SIHED), which looks to increase recruitment to higher education courses in small specialist allied health disciplines. Orthoptics has been identified as one of four allied health professions particularly under threat from low recruitment. Following funding reforms that meant nursing, midwifery and allied health professional students had to pay fees, numbers of enrolled orthoptics [...]

Encouraging mature students into orthoptics2019-03-20T16:42:24+01:00

Press Release Kay Pictures Ltd – Copyright Infringement


We have become aware that Apassamy Associates of Chennai 600 106 India have copied our original Kay Picture Test vision testing optotypes from 1984 and displayed them incorrectly in their IChart Lite, IChart HD and Smart HD digital charts for the past 11 years, together with other random pictures. Please can fellow eye professionals share this notice to alert colleagues around the world that using this illegal version of our paediatric vision test will not provide the accurate acuity measurement that they would expect from the Kay Picture Test. Kay Pictures Ltd has not licensed this product, and we are [...]

Press Release Kay Pictures Ltd – Copyright Infringement2019-03-12T09:17:28+01:00

MPs call for greater skills diversity in the NHS


A cross-party group of MPs has tabled an Early Day Motion (EDM) in Parliament urging the government to consider a law change, to allow for greater diversity of leadership at the top of the NHS. Proposer of the motion Norman Lamb MP (Lib Dem) said; "Not many people will be aware that in many hospitals up and down the land today, skilled professionals who are not doctors or nurses, known as Allied Health Professionals (AHPs), are effectively banned from being Executive Clinical Directors on Trust Boards. If we want more creative thinking, and the voices of physios, OTs, radiographers and [...]

MPs call for greater skills diversity in the NHS2019-03-13T17:40:58+01:00