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Job reference: 163016
Salary: Band 8A (£56,992 - £61,522)
Job closing date: 19/09/2023
Job Type: Other Therapeutic
Location: Flexible Location
Employment type: Fixed-term or Secondment
Hours Per Week: 15
Job posted date: 05/09/2023
Employer (NHS Board): NHS Education for Scotland
Department: Optometry

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Hours: Part time, 15 hours per week  

Duration: Fixed term/Secondment until 31 March 2024 

Flexible Location: NES is a remote friendly employer supporting office, remote and hybrid working (within the UK). We’re happy to talk about how you want to work.   


Who We Are  

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) is an education and training body and a special health board within NHS Scotland, with responsibility of developing and delivering education and training for the healthcare workforce in Scotland. 

NES Optometry primarily supports the provision of General Ophthalmic Services in Scotland.  It supports up-skilling of eyecare practitioners, to facilitate delivery of safe, effective eyecare to the population of Scotland.     

NES Optometry strives to provide education:    

  • that is patient focused and improves patient care.  

  • that is high quality and effective.    

  • that Optometry team members want to, and can, attend.   

What you'll do   

Key tasks will include but are not restricted to; 

  • Develop a robust system of mentorship support for accredited NESGAT optometrists, to support the delivery of safe, high quality, effective glaucoma care. 

  • Develop peer support networks for glaucoma care. 

  • Provide appropriate CPD for optometrists providing community glaucoma care.  

  • Support optometrists in providing a new community-based glaucoma service including participating in appropriate audit and clinical governance activities. 

  • Evaluate impact of mentorship and support for optometrists providing community glaucoma care. 

  • Work with colleagues in other health care teams to utilise areas of best practice when developing mentorship and support resources for optometry.  

What you'll bring  

These will include but are not restricted to; 

The post holder will develop and lead the first national mentorship programme for optometry in Scotland, supporting the management of glaucoma and ocular hypertension in the community.  The mentorship programme will be developed within the context of newly developed frameworks, requiring interpretation and analysis of complex information. The postholder will be required to consider factors including continuing professional development, clinical governance and clinical service requirements in developing the mentorship programme.  They will work with other directorates within NES who have existing mentorship programmes, and other relevant stakeholders, using this expertise to inform the development of mentorship for optometry. 

The post holder will provide expertise in glaucoma management, to support colleagues as they take on this remit in practice. This requires highly specialised knowledge of a range of complex clinical conditions. The post holder will be required to demonstrate this knowledge and disseminate it to others, providing support and encouragement to promote the practitioner’s continuing professional development. 

Applicants who wish to apply on a secondment basis are strongly encouraged to discuss this with their current employer at the earliest opportunity. 

Informal enquiries may be directed to Lesley Rousselet, Associate Director - Optometry  

For further information please refer to the Job Information Pack below.  

Unless otherwise stated the deadline for applications is 23:59 hours on the closing date.  

Closing date: 19th September 2023 

Interview date: 5th October 2024 via Microsoft Teams  

You must have eligibility and entitlement to work in the UK which is required to be maintained throughout your period of employment. Evidence of this must be produced upon request.   

 We actively encourage applicants from a range of backgrounds, regardless of gender, age, disability, race, sexual orientation, religion or belief.  

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