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Optometrist Engagement Lead

Home-based with national travel
Closing date
3 Jul 2024

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Optometrist Engagement Lead

Who are we? 

Newmedica is one of the leading providers of NHS ophthalmology services in England, providing outpatients appointments, diagnostic testing and eye surgery. We interact with thousands of patients annually, from outpatient appointments to surgery to correct cataracts and helping to manage other eye conditions. We’re passionate about providing individual care for our patients and have a vision to change lives through better sight and eye health. 

Our services are delivered through a variety of models including Managed Services and primarily Ophthalmology Joint Venture (OJV) Partnerships, with each eye centre focused on providing excellent care to their communities. We currently have 18 clinical sites, some of these have additional spokes meaning the supply chain spans some 30 individual locations currently. We have significant growth plans as we look to establish a national footprint and open many new sites over the next few years.  

We are also thrilled to say that following an independently conducted survey of Newmedica colleagues, we have been certified as a Great Place to Work®. This is a global benchmark that recognises employers who create an outstanding employee experience. 

Overview of the role 

The Optometrist Engagement Lead is a brand-new role within Newmedica. It will provide clinical optometrist leadership across the business.  

The role is responsible for the development and implementation of plans for optometry aligned to the business strategy, and will ensure the services provided are progressive, responsive to internal and external demand, patient focused and safe, efficient and effective. 

The role will also provide clinical and professional leadership for all optometrists across the business, playing a key role with recruitment and engagement of new optometrists.  

This is a home-based role but will require the role holder to be able to easily commute to our offices in Nottingham and London and be happy to undertake regular weekly travel to our various clinical sites across the country. 

So what will I be doing? 

You'll be working closely with the optometrist community across Newmedica to engage and strengthen connections and to ‘create a tribe.’ You’ll also be responsible for defining and delivering the optometrist engagement & development plan. 

This multi-faceted role will see you working closely with the OJV partnership teams to review and standardise optometry pathways and optimise clinical productivity across subspecialties whilst maintaining a strong commercial awareness You'll be looking to broaden the scope of optometrist specialties and raise the efficiency of services in each OJV, making pathways leaner to ensure we continue to deliver high quality patient centred care.   

You’ll be a leader in the field of optometry and possess solid people management skills. A big part of your role will be coaching and guiding the optometrist community, working closely with the Clinical L&D team to define a framework for CPD and training programmes. You will ensure each optometrist has an active personal development plan and will be responsible for setting the standards around skills, qualifications and experience needed for optometrists in Newmedica. 

You'll be skilled at stakeholder engagement and will build successful working relationships with a range of teams across Newmedica – from Operational & Clinical Partners to Central Operations and from Governance to Learning and Development.  

This type of role doesn’t come along very often, it’s an exciting opportunity for someone to make a real impact with our optometrist ‘tribe’ in a growing business by reshaping the “now” as well as looking to the horizon for future developments. 

What experience do I need? 

We’re looking for a fully qualified optometrist with a current General Optical Council registration. It is essential that you have considerable post qualification experience in hospital-based optometry or from the private sector at an independent healthcare provider.  

You’ll have post graduate qualifications (higher qualifications from the College of Optometrists) in a clinical optometry speciality or independent prescribing. You’ll have an excellent working knowledge of clinical pathways and implementing best practice as well as experience of clinical governance and audit.  

Aside from your impeccable qualifications and clinical experience this role requires someone with superb soft skills. You’ll very much be the figurehead for the optometrist community within Newmedica, inspiring individuals and using your natural gravitas to build credibility and respect from your clinical peers and key stakeholders from across the business.  

As an advocate for optometry, you’ll continue to practice as a hospital or community optometrist and maintain standards and practice in accordance with the GOC Code of Professional conduct, Newmedica and national guidelines. 

What can we offer you? 

  • Competitive salary 
  • Annual car allowance of £5,500 
  • Up to 17% company bonus, paid quarterly based on company performance and personal objectives 
  • Profit Share Scheme 
  • 25 days annual leave plus 1 day birthday leave plus bank holidays  
  • Company pension 
  • Access to a range of benefits, including free eye tests, discounted or free glasses, a few 24/7 wellbeing/counselling/advice service, private medical insurance, private dental care, health care scheme, death in service cover, an opportunity to sign up to a tax-free cycle to work and a retail/technology discount scheme 
  • An environment where your learning and development is supported through a range of various learning tools and courses 

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