Staff at Specsavers in Swansea are celebrating after becoming re-accredited by the Wales Eye Care Service (WECS), following the completion of the Eye Health Examination Wales (EHEW).

Officially recognised staff

Ten members of staff completed the training, which means they are officially recognised by WECS. The WECS programme aims to reduce unnecessary visits to hospital if a person is experiencing pain or abnormalities with their vision and to enable people to access high-quality care on their doorstep, in their local communities.

The re-accredited members of staff include Charles Dickens, Shaz Jafargholi, Ryan Barlett, Steve Jones, Ian Cousins, Jess Baker, Carys Bowden, Eleri Chapman, Sarah Graham and Lyndsay Hewitt.

Accreditation for WECS includes distance learning and practical assessments. In order to register for accreditation, staff members must work in an ophthalmic practise in Wales at least once a month.

Supportive environment

Stephen Jones, director of Specsavers in Swansea, said: ‘Here at the store we are always keen to support staff in advancing their optical careers, and this includes creating a positive working environment for our staff to learn on the job and to upskill.

‘The WECS accreditation is a fantastic achievement for our staff, which means that our customers can be safe in the knowledge that if they are experiencing pain, discomfort, redness, sudden changes or flashes of light in their vision, there are qualified staff here at the Swansea Specsavers store that can provide them with advice and if necessary a bespoke test.’

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