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The BIOS Conference, to be held at the Pendulum Hotel in Manchester on the 11th and 12th July 2024, promises to be a fantastic couple of days in this exciting and vibrant city.

The Conference will cover a range of topics, including, but not limited to, core orthoptics, research, the support workforce, stroke, and career development. On both days there will be multiple opportunities to interact with fellow orthoptists, through case discussion presentations, panel discussions and social activities, giving delegates the opportunity to share knowledge, learning and experience.

We are delighted to say this year’s Gail Stephenson Lecture will be presented by Fiona Rowe, Professor in Orthoptics at Liverpool University. Fiona has been at the forefront of orthoptics working with and researching the visual effects of stroke for many years. Her lecture promises to be thought-provoking and inspiring.

We draw toward the end of the Conference with guidance on how to break into research as well as an interactive panel discussion around prism adaptation testing and its use in binocular patients.

The BIOS Conference 2024 guarantees to be a bustling, high-energy, stimulating meeting, where we can all share our knowledge and experience in a safe and open space. We cannot wait to welcome you to Manchester!

A variety of ticket options are available for the event.

Manchester has excellent road, rail and air links, including accessible parking close to the venue.

Hotel: The hotel is offering a discounted rate for our delegates. Please follow the instructions to book your accommodation. The promo code: DELEGATE is available to use on the website.

How to enter a code in Pendulum Hotel site

  • Go to www.pendulumhotel.co.uk and click book now (a new window will open)
  • Click on “Promo code” just above the search bottom and a box will open to enter the code.
  • Select the date and change the amount of people to your requirements.
  • Then click search and it should show the delegate rate.

PLEASE NOTE when you are booking using the discount code, please check the price without the discount code to make sure, as the price will fluctuate depending on numbers of rooms left. If the price is higher, then you will need to phone the hotel on 0161 955 8000 and quote the code ‘DELEGATE’ when booking directly.


8.00 Registration opens

9.25 Welcome

9.30 Presentation of BIOS Fellowship Award

9.35 Keynote Speaker: Beverly Harden MBE

10.30 Multiprofessional Leadership – My journey: Victoria Dickens MBE

11.00 AHP leadership – Don’t forget about us, Orthoptists are here too: Veronica Greenwood

11.30 Break

12.00 Student presentations

  • Muhammed Rashid – : Is atropine an effective intervention to control and prevent myopic progression? A literature review
  • Aimee Cecil – Literature Review: At what Age does Strabismus Impact Quality of Life in Children?
  • Hana Abukar – An Investigation into the Relationship Between Height and Vertical Refractive Error Gradient in Humans
  • Logan Anderson – Optimising Visual Rehabilitation Strategies for Congenital Cataract Patients: A Comprehensive Review
  • Lucy Brown – The prevalence of convergence insufficiency and saccadic abnormalities in Parkinson’s Disease
  • Rafia Hussain – Investigating the impact of PERL on undergraduate Orthoptic student knowledge

12.45 Lunch

13.30 AGM (members only)

14.30 Neuro-ophthalmology session: How can we support people with post-stroke visual field loss back to driving: Dr Claire Howard, Evaluation of static and kinetic perimetry practice in neuro-ophthalmology:  Michaela Sherlock, MDT approach to setting up an Orthoptic led Stroke vision service: Adam Budd, Measuring the impact on quality of life from visual impairment after acquired brain injury: Dr Lauren Hepworth

15.30 Break

15.50 Case studies/ Free papers

  • Laura England, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital – Addressing Barriers to Amblyopia Therapy – An Update and ‘The Significance of Statistics’
  • Hareem Esmail, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals – The Assessment of Vision in Children with Severe Learning Difficulties: A Systematic Review
  • Holly Geraghty, University of Sheffield – Visual Outcomes in Anisometropic Children of Sheffield: A Service Evaluation
  • Dr Dipesh Patel, University College London – Barriers to, and facilitators of, adherence to occlusion therapy for amblyopia: Findings from the low vs. high-intensity occlusion therapy in children with mild/moderate amblyopia feasibility trial
  • Prof Helen Davies, University of Sheffield – Evaluating Ocular Nerve Palsies: Impact of Eye Movement Recordings and Clinical Implications

17.00 Close

17.30 to 19.30 In the evening delegates are invited to join us for a drinks reception to be held at the world-famous Manchester Art Gallery. Come and marvel at the beautiful artwork and architecture on show, whilst sharing a drink with friends.

8.00 Registration opens

8.55 Welcome

9.00 Orthoptic Support Workforce Project Phase 3: Sue Elliot

9.30 Clinical Advisory Groups Update: Martin Rhodes

10.00 The Nystagmus Pathway: Sue Ricketts

10.10 On-the-spot eye tracking in the Plymouth Ocular Motility Unit (POMU) clinics: Dominic Burdon

10.45 What’s so special about colour vision: Professor Neil Parry

11.15 Break

11.45 Case studies/Free papers

  • Sandeep Bansal, Leeds Teaching Hospitals – A comparison between the clinical use of the Ishihara and Lanthony D-15 unsaturated colour vision test for acquired dysthyroid optic neuropathy.
  • Emily Walker, Worcestershire – A Service Evaluation of Charles Bonnet Syndrome within the Worcestershire Low Vision Service
  • Anna McBride, University Hospitals Dorset – Schizophrenia and Orthoptic conditions: a literature review
  • Dr Jignasa Mehta, University of Liverpool – Impact of smartphone use on accommodation
  • Dr Nadia Northway, University of South East Norway/Glasgow Caledonian University – Digital recording of motility using the Thomson BVA Analyser
  • Deborah Steel, University of Sheffield; Lucy Stafford, University College London; Amrit Kaur Sehmi, University College London; Abier Al Jandari, University of Liverpool (all presenting) – Development and evaluation of integrated simulated practice-based education for pre-registration Orthoptic students in the UK.

13.00 BIOS Career Framework: Stephanie Tempest

13.15 Lunch

14.00 Gail Stephenson Lecture: A Vision for Vision: Professor Fiona Rowe

14.45 Research opportunities: Dr Lauren Hepworth and the role of CAHPR in supporting AHP research: Dr Claire Howard

15.30 The eye care support pathway for children and young people: Alex Clarke, Guide Dogs

15.45 Panel discussion: Prism adaptation: Useful or unnecessary?: Lis Parry and Tess Garretty

16.30 Close and tea/coffee

Full details of the BIOS and BOSTU AGMs, to be held on Thursday 11 July, are available here.