I hope all of you have taken some time to rest and have time away from work over the summer. It has been an exhausting time for everyone working through a pandemic and planning recovery of services along with the additional challenges that this brings. It is our BIOS and BOSTU AGMs on the 17th September and preparing the Chairs report has made me reflect on all the achievements that came about in 2019 for BIOS. It will seem strange running an AGM through a remote virtual platform but thankfully a resolution last year has made this possible. We could [...]
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Non Registered support work force for Orthoptics We are pleased to advertise an exciting opportunity for 3 part time paid secondments to support the development of the Non registered Orthoptic workforce across the UK. Background There are many terms used for the job roles for support staff who are managed by orthoptists and who contribute so positively to patient care, patient pathways and treatment. Local job descriptions are developed to suit the needs of the local service and across the UK and ROI (except in Wales) there are no national competency frameworks or training packages specifically for this workforce. We [...]
The impact of COVID-19 will have taken its toll on all of us in some way. Many allied health professionals have been working extra hours, either responding to COVID-19 directly or backfilling to enable others to do so. Some will have been unable to respond because of health conditions, place of work or other personal circumstances and this has been stressful too; I’ve heard AHPs expressing feelings of guilt related to not being able to help. As we prepare for what could be a difficult winter, now is the time to focus on looking after ourselves and our colleagues. What [...]
In late March 2020 NHS Scotland launched the video appointments system Near Me in all hospital and GP services. Amidst the Covid19 crisis this offered the NHS Fife Orthoptic Service an exciting and innovative new way to stay connected to our patients. Initially we used the technology to create a link with on call doctors working in Covid red zones. Using an ipad, they could dial into the virtual orthoptic waiting room and receive assistance from an orthoptist to asses and diagnose emergency motility disorders without any exposure risk to our team and without any loss of clinical care for [...]
23rd March 2020. This date will be forever ingrained in many of our minds as the date lockdown began in the UK. It was also the date that all elective out-patient, community and surgical work stopped. In the 4 months that have followed most of our orthoptic departments look very different, delivering care inways we never thought possible. Many orthoptists have acquired new skills, performing tasks and working in areas they never imagined. Many of us have lost loved ones and colleagues and to say this has been a challenging period underestimates the myriad of emotions we have all gone [...]
For those of you who do not already know me, I am the Orthoptistes de la Communauté Européene (OCE) also known as the European Orthoptic Committee representative for BIOS and appointed the OCE secretary in 2017. As a member of BIOS you are also a member of the OCE. The OCE is the spokesperson for the orthoptic profession on European topics and liaise with European government bodies and organisations and national orthoptic societies. For further information about the OCE please see the recently revised website: https://euro-orthoptics.com/ Impact of covid for orthoptists across Europe Covid-19 has resulted in changes in orthoptic [...]
Despite the current COVID-19 situation the journal is operating as normal. We continue to accept submissions all year round. This includes primary research, reviews and case studies. Since the start of 2020, we have published six manuscripts (with another currently in the editing phase – watch this space!). Writing for publication is a daunting task! Over the next year, we are planning on working with BIOS to produce a series of resources of hints and tips to consider during the writing process. In the meantime, here are a few things to consider when thinking about what to include in your [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]