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Graduate Job Optometrist Project Manager (KTP Associate)

Vacancy Type: Graduate Job
Employer: Aston University - KTP
Reference: R140406
Salary: £21-25K dependent on experience  

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This KTP project offers a fantastic opportunity for an ambitious graduate to launch a career in the profession whilst studying for a PhD with the support of company and academic mentors.

BBR Optometry Ltd is a successful independent privately owned optometry practice that competes for standard services, such as the provision of spectacles and contact lenses. They also generate income through primary care functions; such as eye examinations, ocular health investigations, independent prescribing and enhanced primary services. . Moreover BBR Optometry provide ophthalmic consultancy in the fields of instrumentation and pharmaceuticals (with one of 275 UK optometrists licensed to prescribe therapeutic medication) and contact lenses.

Aston University has joined forces with BBR Optometry Ltd on this project to create an easily transferable model for managing and communicating with groups of patients with age-related eye conditions and enhancing the effectiveness of treatment that can be implemented into other independent optometry practices.

We are looking for confident, credible and personable candidates with good inter-personal skills to work within BBR Optometry’s small team and with its collaborators and clients. You should be a self-starter with the ability to show high levels of initiative and motivation and the ability to work autonomously to agreed targets and goals. You should be able to articulate ideas effectively.

You will need a Bachelor’s degree in Optometry at 2.1 or above and you will need to be registered with the General Optical Council. Excellent multi-faceted communication skills are essential as you will be working closely with academic and company leadership teams, vulnerable groups and NHS managers.

As part of this project you will be able to develop skills in project management, the creation of business plans, communicating with diverse patient groups and the preparation of reports, articles and training materials. You will also develop your technical skills in understanding the latest research, emerging treatments and diagnosis techniques to inform patient care pathways and suitability for vulnerable groups.

The KTP Associate Development Programme will give you the management skills required to successfully deliver the project. In addition you will have a generous personal development budget for industry standard training, and you will be registered for a PhD at Aston University. You will also need to become registered to prescribe medication which will require you to undertake the ‘Independent Prescriber’s qualification the cost of which is covered by the personal development budget. The experience gained will also enable you to apply to become a  Fellow of the College of Optometrists, a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, Fellow of the British Contact Lens Association and a Fellow of the European Academy of Optometry and Optics.

Future prospects include the possibility of partnership within BBR Optometry via a Share purchase scheme at completion.

You will be employed by Aston University but will be based at the company, BBR Optometry Ltd in Hereford. Please note the successful applicant will be required to undertake a CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) disclosure.

Location: West Midlands

Recruiter Details

Emily Wakefield
Aston University - KTP
0121 204 3396

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