Two team members at Chelmsley Wood Specsavers are celebrating their new qualifications, enabling them to deliver a potentially sight-saving service.

City and Guilds diabetic eye screening qualification

Amy Tasker, retail manager, and Cheryl King, diabetic screener, have achieved their City and Guilds qualifications – a crucial requirement for those working in diabetic eye screening.

The screening service is a key part of diabetes care and is provided for free to patients with type-1 and type-2 diabetes at the store in partnership with the NHS. The condition can lead to sight loss if not detected and treated quickly.

‘It has taken two years of hard work with practical assessments and theory for Amy and Cheryl, so we’re really proud of them for showing great dedication and achieving their qualifications,’ said Sukhi Drake, store director. ‘Abby Carter, who recently joined our team, is also undertaking the qualification, so she’ll soon be a fully qualified screener too.

Midlands diabetic screening

‘We deliver this service as part of the Birmingham, Solihull and Black Country Diabetic Eye Screening programme, so it’s really important to us that our team maintains these high standards to deliver the best service to customers.’

Diabetic retinopathy is one of the most common causes of sight loss among the working age population in the UK. As symptoms are not always noticeable, screening can detect the condition early on to enable treatment to begin.

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