With its biggest stand yet, an extensive professional development programme, and a keynote speech from co-founder Doug Perkins, Specsavers is signalling its confidence in the future of the optical profession this year at Optrafair, the UK’s leading optical exhibition.

The stand itself, located at the entrance to the exhibition, will be one of the first that visitors see on arrival. Specsavers recruitment team will be well represented on the stand and available to talk about the opportunity for ambitious professionals to join Specsavers, as employed optometrists and DOs, in store or in domiciliary, and with the chance to progress to be a joint venture partner.

In a first for an optical retailer, the group’s world-class clinical and professional development programme - normally only open to partners and colleagues – can also be experienced on the stand. Almost two dozen sessions will be delivered over the course of three days, with interactive CET points available for the sessions on ARMD schemes in community optometry, Forgotten red eye, and Professional excellence through development. Places can be booked at www.specsaversatoptrafair.co.uk.

As well as Doug Perkins’ keynote speech on the future of optics at 14.30 on the Saturday, Paul Morris, Director of Optometry Advancement, is one of the expert speakers on the Question Time panel later that day about the future of technology in practice.

Critical juncture

Doug says, ‘I firmly believe that we are at a critical juncture for the optical profession – the most significant that I have experienced in almost 50 years as an optometrist. Although we face significant challenges, we have the opportunity to provide full scope optometry care throughout the UK for the benefit of patients and practitioners – and this will be the message of my keynote speech.

‘Our involvement in Optrafair this year is a real statement of our confidence in the role and future of the optical profession and of our determination to help to shape this new world.

‘I am delighted that we can give people the chance to experience our world-class professional development programme. Making the most of every development opportunity available, particularly in enhanced optical services (EOS), is critical to the future of the profession.

‘And I am looking forward to meeting with optical professionals who share our passion for clinical excellence and who want to join the optical revolution with Specsavers as employed optometrists or dispensing opticians or as joint venture partners. We have a new deal on offer for independent EOS specialists and have already made a number of appointments at the show to meet interested parties.’

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