• 17 June 2015 9:08 AM | Anonymous

    The BIOS congratulates David Parkins, President of the College of Optometrists, who this week has taken over as Chair of the Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning (CCEHC), which BIOS is a member of. We will make sure Orthoptists are in his sights!

    Read full news release below..

    New Chair elected to lead the Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning (CCEHC)

    David Parkins, President of the College of Optometrists, has today taken over as Chair of the Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning (CCEHC).

    The Clinical Council, which brings together professional and patient organisations from across the sector, is the national clinical voice for eye health in England. Formed in 2013 under the Chairmanship of the Professor Harminder Dua, former President of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists, the Clinical Council has been working in partnership with NHS England to support the development of services to meet local population needs and improve outcomes for patients .

    Following a vote of the membership of Clinical Council, David Parkins was elected as Chair. He said:

    “The Clinical Council is now fully established under the excellent chairmanship of Professor Harminder Dua. I am proud to be taking over from him and chairing a body with such a vast collective expertise of commissioning eye health and sight loss services, including social care and ophthalmic public health.

    “I am looking forward to working with NHS England, other Local Eye Health Network Chairs, CCGs, Health and Wellbeing Boards and  the range of Providers within Eye Health on developing improved co-ordination and integration between services. We do need to start collecting performance data for our pathways using the new Portfolio of Indicators (developed by the VISION 2020 (UK) ophthalmic public health committee) to show we are delivering improved outcomes for our patients.”

  • 05 May 2015 1:33 PM | Anonymous


    New guidelines on Graves’ orbitopathy which BIOS' Chair, Rowena McNamara contributed to.

    ABSTRACT - Graves’ orbitopathy (GO) is uncommon, but responsible for considerable morbidity. A coordinated approach between healthcare professionals is required in order to meet the needs of patients. Early diagnosis can be achieved by a simple clinical assessment. Low-cost effective interventions can be initiated by generalists, which may improve outcomes. Moderate-to-severe GO should be referred to specialised centres.

    Recommendations for clinical diagnosis, initial management and referral pathways are highlighted.

  • 08 April 2015 4:03 PM | Anonymous

    Early bird rates for the BIOS Scientific Conference apply until 24th April - and for the first time the event will be App-tastic enabling you to interact with speakers and sponsors, network with colleagues and get the presentations and abstracts of most interest to you...

    Book here to take advantage of lower prices:

    BIOS Scientific Conference 2015

  • 08 April 2015 3:56 PM | Anonymous

    As you may know the HCPC started a consultation on 27th March to ask for registrant's views about increasing its fees from £80 to £90. It closes on 6th May 2015.

    The information it has given for this move is on their website http://www.hpc-uk.org/registrants/fees/consultation/

    Subject to parliamentary approval and consultation results, the fees would increase from 1st August 2015. You may have already responded as an individual to the consultation but the BIOS would like to provide a group response on behalf of its members.

    So please take a few minutes to let us have your views.

    If you want to provide your feedback into our BIOS group response on HCPC fees please do so by April 30th 2015. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HCPCFEES

    The HCPC says: "We are proposing a £10 increase (an increase of 12.5%) to the annual renewal fee. This increases the renewal fee from £80 to £90. We are proposing similar increases to most of the other fees we charge.

    If the proposals outlined in this document are agreed, the fees would be increased from 1 August 2015. Registrants would then pay the new renewal fee when they next renewed their registration after this date."

  • 23 March 2015 12:01 PM | Anonymous

    Early bird rates finish on 31st March so if you are intending to go to the BIOS Scientific Conference at Aston, Birmingham this year on 9/10 July 2015 - please do book sooner rather than later to secure your place! BIOS Scientific Conference 2015

  • 13 March 2015 10:01 AM | Anonymous


    NHS Employers has published new pay circulars for Agenda for Change (AfC) staff, following the NHS trade unions' acceptance of the Government pay offer at the NHS Staff Council’s meeting earlier this week. This includes acceptance by BOS TU.

    Employers will be sent these three new pay circulars which are now available:

    NHS Employers is also developing a new pay chart and frequently asked questions which will be available on their website in the next few days.

    An updated version of the NHS terms and conditions of service handbook will also be issued shortly.

  • 04 March 2015 4:30 PM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to Nadia Northway on receiving her BIOS Fellowship Award today from Janice Waterson Wilson at the BIOS Scottish meeting at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU).

    Thanks for all your hard work for orthoptics and starting the degree course at GCU.

    Only exceptional service to the profession and the BIOS is recognised in this type of award, the highest to be bestowed by BIOS.

    Nadia is pictured (left) with Janice receiving the award today.IMG_0013.JPG

  • 27 February 2015 12:01 PM | Anonymous

    Other AHPs, voluntary organisations, patients groups - please respond by April 24th

    Read press release here Exemptions_public consultation_Press Release final 260215.pdf

    Orthoptists et al - NHS England's citizen space featuring all background documentation https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/consultation/consultation-orthoptists-proposals

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