BOTSU Adviser



British Orthoptic Society Trade Union (BOSTU) Advisor


British Orthoptic Society Trade Union (BOSTU) Advisor

The BIOS are pleased to advertise the position of BOSTU Advisor. This position is open for applications as the current BOSTU Advisor will complete their first term of office in June 2018.

The BOSTU Advisor has an important strategic role in representing BOSTU members at a National level and supporting regional and local TU representatives in case management. The post holder will have responsibility for identifying the training needs of local and regional TU representatives and providing training opportunities to meet these needs.

The BIOS welcomes applications for this position from Orthoptists who are currently, or have recently been, active local or regional TU representatives who can demonstrate they meet the attached person specification to support the job description.

Given the demand and challenges of this role the current BOSTU Advisor is offering a 12 month period of support and mentoring to the successful candidate should they require it.

Applications by CV and supporting statement, including 2 nominations from current BOSTU members, to Joanna Brown at by the 28th May 2018

Informal enquiries to: BIOS Chair or, current BOSTU Advisor

Applicants should be prepared to be interviewed by the Board of Trustees


The British and Irish Orthoptic Trade Union (BOSTU) Lead is a non-voting advisory role to the British and Irish Orthoptic Society (BIOS) Board and wider Council.

Overall purpose

•To provide expert industrial relation, employment and Trade Union advice to the Board, Council and members

•To provide strategic direction for BOSTU

•To advise on National, regional, country wide TU policies affecting BIOS members in the UK (including requirement of a BIOS policy officer role).

•To lead a network of regional and local representatives and ensure training requirements are met

Main responsibilities

•Ensure the returns for the Trade Uniuon Congress (TUC), Scottish Trade Union Congress (STUC) and Northern Ireland (NI) are made annually for BOSTU.

•Monitor the service level agreement (SLA) for the external BOSTU TU contract

•Produce tender documentation for renewal of the external BOSTU contract agreement

•Create effective learning tools for BOSTU reps

•Provide strategic reports for Board and Council meetings

•Support local and regional BOSTU reps with case management and representation.

•Provide high level BOSTU case management and representation

•Refer to the senior negotiating officer (SNO) in line with the external BOSTU contract agreements for case management and representation.

Main tasks

•To liaise with and monitor the activities of regional and local BOSTU reps.

•To represent BOSTU at local, regional and national level

•To act as an ambassador for the Profession

•To build a constructive relationship with and between other Trade Union (TU) leads in health sector.

•To monitor the training of the regional and local BOSTU representative and ensure action is taken to remedy any deficiencies.

Term of office

The term of office is 3 years from BIOS AGM with re-election for further 3 years and no further re-election until one year has passed

Remuneration/time commitment

•The role is seconded, on a one day a week basis, with the releasing employer being refunded for the work done on behalf of BIOS.

•Candidates should have the support of their employer before applying and also be able to attend face to face meetings as part of their role in various locations in the UK.

•If not seconded this role may be suitable for a part time BOSTU representative who could invoice BIOS at a daily rate of £200 for 1 day per week (7.5 hours).

•Full and reasonable expenses are paid for travel, accommodation and subsistence in accordance with the BIOS expenses Policy.

•Training fees will be part of a business proposal agreed by trustees

•Attend in person or delegate attendance to the meetings of the TU Leads, Health and Care Professions Council, National TU leads, Public Sector Liaison Group, Social Provider Forum and attend the TUC conference.

Election process

•Candidates must be a full BIOS member and a current BOSTU local or regional representative and proposed by 2 full BIOS members;

•They should submit a CV with evidence to support matching person specification and job description;

•Prospective BOSTU leads should be prepared to be interviewed by the honorary officers face to face or by phone/ electronic communication;

•Where more than one candidate applies there will be an election following normal BIOS election procedures.


Requirements:Essential:Qualifications/Training:Orthoptic qualification recognised for State Registration (Diploma or Degree),Registration with the HCPC,Full Member of BIOS.Work to requirements of the Code of Practice and Professional Standards of the British & Irish Orthoptic Society (BIOS),Previous or current role as local or regional TU representative

Requirements:Qualifications/Training:Desirable:Demonstrable knowledge of the mechanisms for registration, codes of practice and standards for orthoptists.

Previous Experience:Essential:Active within BIOS and played a key role in TU activity locally or regionally with evidence of negotiating for or supporting members

Previous Experience:Desirable:Evidence of ability to contribute effectively on committees feeding back effectively.

Skills:Essential:Well developed negotiating skills;Excellent organisational skills;Excellent and effective communication skills across a range of platforms to communicate with stakeholders, members, trustees and council

Produce information and training materials in various formats for local and regional reps.

Skills:Desirable: Previous experience of writing training materials

Knowledge:Essential:Sound knowledge of the employment relations processes locally and nationally

Knowledge:Desirable:Previous experience of representing members in employment relations matters

Requirements:Essential:Represent BOSTU at national level travelling to various locations

Attendance at trustee, council and BIOS AGM,Prepare and deliver agenda for BOSTU AGM and BOSTU Trustee / Council meetings.Attendance at extra ordinary BIOS meetings adhoc committees for example to review a complaint as required.Attendance at relevant TU meetings.








































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