The Health and Care Professions Council Protecting the public

2018-10-17T10:31:46+00:00

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is a regulator of health and care professionals and our aim is to protect the public. To do this, we keep a register of health, psychological and social work professionals who meet our standards for their training, professional skills, behaviour and health. Orthoptists please see the attached advert from the HCPC.  Click here to view.

The Health and Care Professions Council Protecting the public 2018-10-17T10:31:46+00:00

I See The Difference Campaign Official Launch

2018-10-12T09:46:29+00:00

There has been a lot of work going on behind the scenes, now the British and Irish Orthoptic Society are proud to introduce to its members the launch of an exciting new campaign. Officially launched on 29th September 2018, the campaign is part of the Strategic Interventions in Health Disciplines (SIHED) programme. This is a three year initiative to deliver sustainability of the Allied Health Professions, with a particular focus on the four most vulnerable, Orthoptics, Podiatry, Therapeutic Radiography and Prosthetics and Orthotics. The campaign aims to raise awareness of Orthoptics, while overarching messages will highlight the connections Allied Health [...]

I See The Difference Campaign Official Launch 2018-10-12T09:46:29+00:00

HCPC fees consultation

2018-10-01T14:02:49+00:00

HCPC fees consultation HCPC are consulting on the fees to be charged in connection with registration and renewal.  The main renewal fee will rise from £90 to £106 annually with similar increases in other fees. This takes place in the context of changes to fitness to practice, need to invest and reduction in  numbers registered by the HCPC (due to social workers moving to a new register). The consultation can be read http://www.hpc-uk.org/assets/documents/100058C0ConsultationonHCPCregistrationfees.pdf Email your comments to bios@orthoptics.org.uk by 23 November or respond directly to the HCPC. The consultation questions Q1 Do you agree that the HCPC should invest in preventing fitness to practise [...]

HCPC fees consultation 2018-10-01T14:02:49+00:00

‘Watch your step’- Why it’s important to assess vision for falls prevention?

2018-10-11T14:19:39+00:00

Why it’s important to assess vision for falls prevention? Try balancing on one leg with your eyes closed - tricky isn’t it? We know that we need the right input from the visual, proprioceptive and somatosensory systems to stay on our feet. NICE guidance (2013) clearly states that the multifactorial assessment should include an assessment of visual impairment. There has been progress in raising the importance of vision assessment in falls patients with the introduction of tools such as the RCP ‘Lookout Bedside vision check’ tool and the Thomas Pocklington ‘Eye Right Toolkit’ but the NICE impact report on falls and fragility fractures highlighted that [...]

‘Watch your step’- Why it’s important to assess vision for falls prevention? 2018-10-11T14:19:39+00:00

Response to the BBC features on Children’s Eye Testing/Vision Screening (22 August 2018)

2018-09-19T12:58:19+00:00

Press Release In response to the BBC features on Children’s Eye Testing/Vision Screening 22 August 2018 In October 2017, Public Health England released new guidance for local authorities (LA) to support  vision screening testing for all children aged 4-5 years (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-guidance-to-improve-vision-screening-for-young-children). The supporting documents, available online, include parent information leaflets, with a link to the NHS choices web pages on childhood vision testing (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/eye-tests-in-children/). These resources were developed by a multi-disciplinary group, including representatives from the College of Optometrists, the British & Irish Orthoptic Society, and The Royal College of Ophthalmologists. In practice for most children, this means that their [...]

Response to the BBC features on Children’s Eye Testing/Vision Screening (22 August 2018) 2018-09-19T12:58:19+00:00

The British and Irish Orthoptic Society response to the article concerning Vision tests for children

2018-08-30T09:28:25+00:00

BIOS Response to BBC News article 22/08/2018 Orthoptists, represented by The British and Irish Orthoptic Society (BIOS) are the eye care professionals recommended to lead on the delivery of vision screening. Orthoptists have specific expertise in the assessment of visual deficits in young children. All 4-5 year old children should have Orthoptic led vision screening in reception year at school. Research has demonstrated that screening at this age and in this setting is optimal to allow conditions such as amblyopia (lazy eye) to be detected at an age where it can be successfully treated, whilst maximising the number of children [...]

The British and Irish Orthoptic Society response to the article concerning Vision tests for children 2018-08-30T09:28:25+00:00

Seasonal Flu Vaccination for Orthoptists

2018-07-31T14:59:00+00:00

To prepare for the coming winter, we are inviting all members to have the seasonal flu vaccination offered by their trust. As healthcare professionals, we have a duty to protect ourselves and our patients from contracting influenza infections which may have serious consequences. In addition to vaccinating ourselves, to reduce the pressures on the NHS and help in delivering a cost-effective prevention programme, we are asking you to take an active role in advising your eligible patient groups to have the flu vaccination.  The flu vaccine is offered free to each of the following: all children aged 2-9 years old [...]

Seasonal Flu Vaccination for Orthoptists 2018-07-31T14:59:00+00:00

Steering Committee Member Job Position Available

2018-07-31T14:59:53+00:00

The LOOP ( Leads of Orthoptic Profession) have a vacancy for a steering committee member and we would welcome any expressions of interest from those who are interested in taking up this role. This role is open to Heads of service or anyone with a leadership role in Orthoptics. The aims of LOOP include providing advice and support to orthoptic heads, deputy heads and leads of orthoptic services. LOOP provide a forum for advice and questions and to share best practice information, often in the form of emails and surveys to members. We also aim to raise awareness of issues [...]

Steering Committee Member Job Position Available 2018-07-31T14:59:53+00:00