Orthoptic Support Workforce2023-07-19T17:56:46+01:00

Orthoptic Support Workforce Hub

Our online hub brings together all of our information and resources for orthoptic clinical assistants in one place.

Roles & Responsibilities

The typical roles and responsibilities of clinical assistants at each level of practice.


Answers to the most commonly asked questions about our support workforce.

Case Studies

Case studies from orthoptic Clinical Assistants.

Learning & Development

Access our resources to support you and develop your career.


BIOS provides support and representation for the whole Orthoptic workforce.


Associate members of BIOS working in the UK are entitled to trade union support from BOSTU.

Standards and guidance

BIOS documentation covering Orthoptic practice.

For managers

Information and resources for those managing Orthoptic Clinical Assistants.

A vision for our support workforce

Our vision is for all orthoptic staff wherever they work to feel valued, integrated into teams, able to work fully to their potential; with access to lifelong learning including relevant formal qualifications.

We wish employment in the clinical support workforce to be seen as a career that is valued and valuable. Moreover, whether staff wish to pursue their careers in the clinical support workforce or progress onto registered grades we want to ensure they have rewarding careers and are clear how they can develop, accessing the support they need.

The support workforce is an integral part of the orthoptic clinical team.

Read our full vision statement here.

Our vision statement builds on the joint statement we made with 13 other AHPs, calling for UK-wide action from employers, policy makers and workforce planners to grow and develop the AHP support workforce. You can read the full statement here.

You can find out more about the ongoing work we are doing towards achieving our vision here.

Orthoptic and Ophthalmology Support Workforce Webinar

Watch our launch event for the Support Workforce Hub and the Roles and Responsibilities Guidance.