Educational Lead - Optometry (Mandatory Training)

Job reference: 027126

Location: Flexible

Job closing date: 06/08/2020

Job posted date: 23/07/2020

Salary: Band 7 (£39,300 - £46,006)

Employment type: Fixed-term or Secondment

Job Type: Other Therapeutic

Hours of work: 15 per week

Department: Dental Directorate

Employer (NHS Board) : NHS Education for Scotland

**** COVID-19 - Please note that during this time all interviews will be conducted remotely.  If successful you will also initially be working remotely in line with guidance from Scottish Government***

Secondment/ Fixed Term Opportunity – 3 years in the first instance

For NHS employees considering this post, please note that appointments will only be considered on a secondment or SLA basis, in the first instance.

Location:  Flexible Base Location

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.  

What You'll Do

The Education Lead - Optometry is part of a high caliber team, delivering world-leading education to primarily support general ophthalmic services within Scotland. This post requires ambitious, hard-working and very experienced optometrists who have the drive to support the NES Optometry programme across the country. The post requires flexible working, considerable travel and the requirement to attend evening and weekend events.

Key Tasks will include but will not be limited to:

•    Deliver a local optometry education programme based on national and local priority needs, ensuring liaison with other senior professionals within the healthcare team and relevant stakeholders. 
•    Contribute specialist optometric expertise to national and regional NES initiatives.
•    Liaise with other groups and individuals employed in NHS Boards engaged in supporting postgraduate education to develop local opportunities for inter-professional learning.
•    Provide professional leadership, advice, education and support to colleagues, devising key activities in specialist area, (in this case Mandatory Training). This may be at local, national or UK wide level.
•    Delegated management of regional budgets, ensuring that NES Optometry meet annual and longer term agreed targets.

What You'll Bring

This will include but are not restricted to:

•    A registered optometrist with a postgraduate optometry qualification e.g. MSc, independent prescribing optometrist.
•    Extensive experience in a community or hospital setting
•    Experience of planning, delivering and management of training programmes
•    Highly developed professional communication skills and experience of facilitation, consultation and negotiation with a wide range of stakeholders including at a high level of seniority
•    Very experienced and knowledgeable in carrying out Optometric Procedures
•    A positive and enthusiastic approach to the development of community optometry in Scotland

For an informal discussion please contact Kathy Morrison, Programme Director – Optometry, at in the first instance.

If you are interested in this vacancy and would like further information, please refer to the below Job Information Pack which includes a copy of the Job Description, Person Specification and Conditions of Service.

For NHS employees considering this post, please note that appointments will only be considered on a secondment or SLA basis, in the first instance.

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

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

CVs will not be accepted. 

Closing Date:  6th August 2020

Interview Date:  To be confirmed (Remote interviews via Microsoft Teams).


The closing date for this job has now passed.