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 [...]
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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 [...]
The big thing in a lot of your minds will be the International Orthoptic Congress in Liverpool in June. Don’t forget the Early Bird Registration closing date is 26th February. There were a large number of excellent abstract submissions and the programme should be really exciting. An IOC is a great place to network and learn; and it won’t be back in the UK again for many years. There were 99 British submissions – by far the largest national group, and many were really high quality. As it is an “International” conference, the Scientific Committee are sorry a few people [...]
The UK Stroke Forum (UKSF) was held between the 3rd and 5th December 2019 in Telford and saw over 1200 delegate come through the door. BIOS was represented by the Stroke and Neuro-Rehab CAG academic lead and members of the steering committee. They ran a charity stand throughout the conference which was well stocked with leaflets and information promoting orthoptics and the benefits of having orthoptists working within the stroke team. Several orthoptists made themselves known to be in attendance by visiting the BIOS stand. There was a lot of footfall to the stand with a lot of interest in [...]
BIOS have had a very kind donation from the family of an Orthoptist who sadly passed away this year and remembered BIOS in her will. We would like to use the money to support new graduate BIOS members to attend the 14th Congress of the International Orthoptic Association (IOA), which will be held in Liverpool in June 2020. This is an opportunity to learn about recent advances in the field of orthoptics and ophthalmology and to meet colleagues from all over the world. The conference is only held every four years, and it is unlikely that it will be held [...]
I have been attending a series of meetings led by Health Education England (HEE) to support professional bodies and with a profession as small as ours they know the reach and impact is greater than just orthoptists in England. The first two workshops were concerned with the recruitment of students to the courses and the requirements to apply and successfully enter our undergraduate programmes and I would like to thank Helen Davis, BIOS Chair of the Education and Professional Development committee (EPDC), for attending the second workshop. The last two workshops have concentrated on Clinical placements capacity for our undergraduate [...]
I was invited to attend this conference on behalf of BIOS and the implementation lead for the OCCCF, Orthoptist Krishan Parmar, was one of the workshop facilitators. Whilst we appreciate that this is a conference hosted by HEE the work streams around advanced practice and extended roles will impact all orthoptist across the UK and ROI. The opening address was given by Sir David Bevan, CEO HEE, and the 3 main points taken from his address were: The Interim people plan and LTP supports the delivery of ACP, multi professional teams and workforce planning to support clinicians working at the [...]
On Friday 1st November 2019 at High Wycombe Hospital Lecture Theatre we held the Orthoptic Visual Processing Difficulties Clinical Interest day. The day was excellently attended by both Orthoptists and Optometrists with brilliant feedback from the speakers as well as the attendees. We had an enthusiastic room full of professionals keen to share their knowledge and experiences to assist us to not only investigate our patients but to the best and most accurate of our ability. The first speaker was Professor John Stein. Professor Stein is Emeritus Professor of Physiology at the University of Oxford. Although retired, he still teaches [...]