From Joe Smith, Graduate Representative for BIOS. At the end of 2019, a very kind donation was left to BIOS by an Orthoptist named Jane Fitzsimmons who sadly passed away. Jane was very proud of her career as an Orthoptist and we decided to honour her legacy by supporting four new graduates to attend a chosen day of the 14th Congress of the International Orthoptic Association. We received a number of outstanding applications - it was a true shame that we could not support all applicants. After much deliberation, we decided to award the prizes to [...]
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From Anna Horwood, BIOS Research Director. Around this time a lot of us would have been catching up with old and new friends and colleagues in Liverpool. The IOC was promising to be an exciting event, showcasing what BIOS members are doing to raise the profile of our profession. All is not lost, and we will be there in 2022. If you had an abstract accepted this year, please come back again in 2022 with and even better contribution! But this is the time to congratulate and showcase the BIOS IOC Travel Award winners. They would [...]
Submissions now open!! THE 2020 RUSKELL MEDAL Since receiving its Royal Charter in 1629, the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers has encouraged research into the prevention and treatment of vision impairment. Each year, the Company awards a bronze medal to recognise research in ophthalmology and/or vision science which contributes significantly to the advancement of our understanding of vision and the prevention of unnecessary blindness. The 2020 Medal Award process launches today. The 2020 Ruskell Medal and the accompanying purse of £750 will be awarded to the first-named author of the best paper in the fields of [...]
Orthoptists in developing countries continue to lack access to current medical textbooks and journals that provide basic, practical information to enable them to deliver safe, effective care. Additionally, Orthoptists who IOA volunteers have taught, often lack local orthoptic colleagues to provide advice and model and they may have little or no access to continuing education opportunities such as teaching rounds, symposia or conferences where research and care experiences are discussed. The IOA Volunteer Programme is attempting to address the orthoptic “information poverty” found in low resource countries and support those we train by creating an electronic library. When fully realized [...]
From David Newsham, BIOS Representative for the International Orthoptic Association and Chair of the Local Organising Committee of the IOA Congress As you are aware due to COVID-19 we had to make the difficult decision to postpone the IOA Congress scheduled to be held in Liverpool in June 2020, until 2022 (9th – 12th June). However, we have successfully managed to secure the same award-winning venue of the ACC for 2022 and look forward to hosting a memorable congress with the rare opportunity of having this international event on home soil - so please save the date for [...]
I hope you are all keeping well in these unprecedented times. Thank you to all those who completed the Public Health survey. I am currently working my way through the data and the responses and will summarise these soon. Some of the responses regarding embedding public health in Orthoptic clinical practice have highlighted the need for stronger support from heads of service or management. This was also reflected in the feedback gained by Linda Hindle over embedding public health into clinical services. Consequently, a toolkit has been launched to support leaders and heads of service to facilitate the process of [...]
North of England Trustee Role You will have read previously in PV that Kathryn Smart has made the difficult decision to step down from the Northern Trustee role for personal reasons but is happy for anyone considering the role to contact her. We are recruiting a Trustee to replace Kathryn and the trustee role could be for you if... You work in the North region of England? You could help to shape BIOS and make decisions about the future of our professional body? You could devote a little bit of time and be part of a dynamic [...]
Please note: This was written before many of the recent developments in relation to COVID-19 Here I am again – where have the first months of 2020 gone?! 2020 – The year of vision looks set to be a busy one for the Scottish Orthoptists, we already have three events lined up, Spring meeting in Dundee on the 30th April, TU training on the 2nd October in Perth are already on the events page so please, please, please book your tickets now to support our local teams who are working hard to provide these sessions, click here to book your [...]
On the 12 December 19, on behalf of LOOP, I was invited to attend the Westminster Health Forum Policy Conference which was focusing on “The health workforce and key issues for the NHS people plan: leadership, staff wellbeing and professional regulation. The morning started with a panel of mixed back ground. Each speaker was given 5 minutes to present and most kept to this. The main themes revolved around staff wellbeing, staff retention and staff recruitment. There also was discussion around leadership and the need for good leadership. A question asked was “How can we expect staff to care for [...]
Spring is upon us and 2020 is picking up speed. It feels like only weeks ago I was saying hello to you all as part of my new role as Northern Ireland Trustee, that was 8 months ago! I am thoroughly enjoying the role, especially representing Orthoptists of Northern Ireland at Council and Trustee meetings to ensure we are getting the best service for our membership. A lot has happened in those 8 months, especially in Northern Ireland. One of the most major issues has been the struggle for pay parity for NHS staff in comparison to other regions of [...]