An NHS workforce for the future


NHS Improvement have recently posted a new online discussion, giving AHPs the opportunity to voice their ideas on how the NHS can best maximise the impact of our workforce across the system. Back in January, the NHS published its Long Term Plan, broadly laying out how it will look to develop over the next ten years to best provide a service fit for the future. There was much to be positive about, including commitments to increasing investment in CPD and taking steps to promote flexibility and career development. However, much of the success of the wider Plan will depend upon [...]

An NHS workforce for the future2019-02-20T16:03:24+00:00

Opposing the HCPC Fees Increase


We were extremely disappointed to hear on Thursday that the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) had approved an 18% increase in registration fees from October 2019. This would mean that fees will have risen by 40% since 2014, outstripping both inflation and the pay of health and care staff. This is in spite of widespread opposition to the fee increase from across the 15 health and care professions set to be affected. BIOS joined a wide range of professional bodies, unions and individual professionals to voice their opposition in the recent consultation. Indeed 90% of those that responded opposed [...]

Opposing the HCPC Fees Increase2019-02-15T12:59:20+00:00

Glasses for Classes


A new trial will aim to get glasses to four- and five-year olds who need them in order to improve their maths and reading skills, the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) announced today. Pupils in 100 schools will take part in a trial of Glasses for Classes, a programme developed by a team at the University of Leeds and the Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The NHS recommends that all children receive an eyesight test in their first year of school. Roughly 10–15% of children fail their eyesight test, and of these around a third are not taken to the opticians to [...]

Glasses for Classes2019-02-08T09:35:18+00:00

A Universe of Opportunities for your career


There’s never been a better time to develop your career and a new animation and careers resource developed by Health Education England can help you do just that. It aims to inspire, motivate and unleash the often-untapped talent across all the Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) across the country. The careers resource includes eight potential areas for career development. Within each area, it provides a wealth of information to highlight the wide range of career development options, all whilst continuing to work clinically if desired. AHP colleagues taking different career journeys from across the 14 disciplines appear on film. Visit the [...]

A Universe of Opportunities for your career2019-02-18T12:17:05+00:00

HCPC appoints new Chair of Council


The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is delighted to announce the appointment of Christine Elliott as its Chair. Currently, Christine is the Senior Independent Director on the College of Policing Board, where she has chaired the Regulatory Consultative Group and Audit and Risk Committees. She is an independent member of the Editors' Code of Practice Committee and Chair of Borough Market. In her career, Christine has held a number of Chief Executive roles, including Bletchley Park, where she led the regeneration of the Second World War code breaking site, turning it into an internationally renowned and award winning museum. She [...]

HCPC appoints new Chair of Council2019-02-05T09:29:20+00:00

Clinical leadership – a framework


NHS Improvement’s Clinical leadership – a framework for action promotes the importance of more professionally diverse leadership teams. It highlights some of the barriers to clinicians, such as Orthoptists, reaching the most senior levels. This is hugely positive and we would like to see it act as a spur for more of our members to progress to leadership positions. This guide reflects one of the priorities of the recent NHS Long Term Plan, which highlights the importance of visible senior clinical leadership in enabling and assuring the delivery of high quality care. It has been recognised that professionally diverse teams [...]

Clinical leadership – a framework2019-02-13T09:04:06+00:00

Health Minister Recognises Importance of Orthoptic-Led Screening


Steve Brine MP - a Minister in the Department for Health and Social Care with responsibility for Public Health and Primary Care – has given his support to best practice and orthoptic-led vision screening and sight tests. In response to some written Parliamentary Questions he recently said: Vision screening should be offered to all children aged four to five years rather than routine sight tests for younger children. This approach is supported by British and Irish Orthoptic Society and the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. Highlighted the importance of Local Authorities (LAs) in commissioning local screening services and referenced the guidance [...]

Health Minister Recognises Importance of Orthoptic-Led Screening2019-02-21T15:16:16+00:00

Professional Bodies and Unions launch a set of CPD and lifelong learning principles for health and social care.


Professional Bodies and Unions launch a set of CPD and lifelong learning principles for health and social care. A working group comprising organisations from across a range of health and social care sectors has today launched a set of principles for continuing professional development (CPD) and lifelong learning. The principles are designed to guide individuals, employers and wider systems to create a culture of continuous improvement, workforce development and improve outcomes for service users. People working in the health and social care workforce operate in a changing, challenging and complex environment. Practising safely and effectively, now and in the future [...]

Professional Bodies and Unions launch a set of CPD and lifelong learning principles for health and social care.2019-02-13T08:53:49+00:00

BIOS opposes proposed HCPC fees increase


BIOS strongly opposes the 18% increase in registration fees proposed by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) from 2019. In our response to the HCPC consultation on these changes, we argue that they have failed to provide a clear justification for why the increase is necessary and would encourage them to explore other ways of producing efficiency savings or streamlining their processes before committing to a substantial rise. First announced in September, the proposals would see the standard renewal fee for our members rise from £90 to £106. Combined with similar rises in 2013 and 2015, this would amount to [...]

BIOS opposes proposed HCPC fees increase2019-02-13T09:05:27+00:00

Sheffield Masters – November 2018


Have you considered the MMedSci (Vision and Strabismus) at The University of Sheffield? The MMedSci in Vision and Strabismus is now run yearly, so our next intake will begin in September 2019.  The course begins with a residential weekend here in Sheffield 14-15th September 2019 and continues by distance learning. With students currently studying with us from all over the globe – Namibia, Botswana, Singapore, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Holland and Trinidad and Hong Kong to name but a few, our course has a great, global welcome to all. There are now module choices for [...]

Sheffield Masters – November 20182019-01-28T13:53:05+00:00