University of Plymouth

University of Plymouth

Clinical Lead Optometrist

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£38,205 - £54,395 per annum (plus £12,000 per annum market supplement) Grade 7/8

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Clinical Lead Optometrist


Do you want to help shape the careers of future optometrists?

How about, working within the largest healthcare education provider in the South West?

You can do that, as well as what you're good at, and all without working weekends and getting 46 days holiday a year!

We are now looking for a Clinical Lead Optometrist to join us here at the University of Plymouth to not only enhance our optometry offering as a clinic and team, but also nurture the talent of our brilliant optometry students within the Centre for Eyecare Excellence (CEE).

What will you do?

The role itself will see you lend your expertise to support a comprehensive range of optometric services at the Centre for Eyecare Excellence (CEE) and carry out leadership, management and engagement activities on behalf of the Optometry programme at the University of Plymouth.

Alongside the clinical work, you will also deliver on the education and teaching initiatives of the CEE with our incredible students.

Who are you?

  • A current senior/lead optometrist
  • Experienced in leading clinic activities and high-quality optometry services
  • Have experience in mentoring or management of junior members or students.
  • Why join us?

    Did we mention 46 days holiday (inc bank holidays)!?!

    Working in a University setting offers masses of benefits, such as;

  • Flexible working
  • Generous pension allowance
  • Masses of retail discounts to suit you
  • Cycle to work scheme.
  • And much more!
  • The successful candidate may be required to obtain an ATAS Certificate prior to this research being undertaken.

    Please demonstrate how you meet the essential criteria outlined in the knowledge, qualifications, training and experience elements of the job description in your supporting statement.

    For an informal discussion to find out more about the role then please contact Claire Gorman: by email at [email protected]

    This role will require an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Check plus a Children's Barred List and Adults Barred List check.

    Interview date to be confirmed and you will be notified if you have been shortlisted or not.

    This is a full-time position working 37 hours per week on a permanent basis.

    Flexible working options including job share will be considered.

    We offer a competitive salary package and a generous pension and holiday scheme. We also offer a range of other benefits, including ongoing development opportunities.

    The Faculty of Health holds four Silver Athena Swan awards, which recognise our commitment to supporting gender equality within higher education.

    Staff appointed within the Faculty of Health may be able to join the NHS pension scheme subject to eligibility criteria.

    You must currently be registered with the following registration board: General Optical Council (GOC)

    The University of Plymouth has a strong interdisciplinary research ethos which is supported by our three strategic Research Institutes; the Marine Institute, the Sustainable Earth Institute, and the Plymouth Institute of Health and Care Research. As a member of our academic community, you'll be expected to contribute to our recognised research strengths. Working holistically across the University, you will be challenged to innovate, collaborate and deliver impactful research contributions as part of a systems thinking approach to addressing today's global challenges.

    The University of Plymouth is a diverse, welcoming community where everyone makes a difference and is encouraged to bring their whole selves to work. To find out more about our inclusive community, initiatives such as Athena Swan and the Race Equality Charter and our range of benefits / support mechanisms such as flexible working, staff networks and enhanced maternity, paternity & adoption leave please visit our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion webpages

    We particularly welcome applicants from under-represented groups such as BAME/BIPOC and LGBT+

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    Clinical Lead Optometrist


    University of Plymouth


    United Kingdom


    May 10, 2024

    Application deadline

    May 27, 2024

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    About the employer

    The University of Plymouth is a public university that was established in 1862 as a polytechnic institute. The institute gained the status of a university in 1992 and is also the first contemporary university to start a private medical and dental school. It is affiliated to ACU, EUA, CHUC, and Universities UK. The university has academic collaborations with several renowned institutes including GSM London, Highlands College, Weymouth College, Strode College, City of Bristol College, and Exeter College.

    Notably, the main campus of the university dwells at the center of Plymouth. It includes academic buildings, libraries, laboratories, and student residence halls. The main campus is home to the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business, Faculty of Science and Engineering, and the Faculty of Health, as well as the University of Plymouth Students’ Union. The North Plymouth campus hosts the School of Medicine, School of Dentistry, and School of Biomedical and Healthcare Sciences. The Roland Levinsky Building, a 9-story structure, houses a public art gallery, digital media suites, and three performance rehearsal studios.

    The Charles Seale-Hayne Library with 24x7 accessibility houses more than 350,000 books, e-books, journals, and additional resources for research, learning, and teaching. The primary mode of transport in the campus involves cars and two-wheelers. Also, the nearest railway station is just a few minutes’ walk from the campus.

    The academic structure of the university is organized into faculties, each of which comprises a number of schools that offer undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral-level degree programs in various disciplines. The Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and business offer degrees in English, art history, architecture, fine art, photography, media arts, dance, theatre, and music. Plymouth Business School is part of the University of Plymouth's Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and the School offers undergraduate and postgraduate (masters) degrees, is research active, and works in partnership with industry and organizations across the world. The Faculty of Health comprises the former University of Plymouth Faculty of Health and Human Sciences and Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry and offers degree programs in social work, and medical sciences. The Science and Engineering Faculty offers degrees in mathematics, computing, environmental sciences, and also professional diving.

    The University of Plymouth is a three-time winner of the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, most recently in 2019 for marine microplastic pollution research. The university has over 19000 students and 2,500 staff members. The student population of the university comprises of 3,000 international students from 100 countries. In addition to that Over 4,500 students per year benefit from placements and work-based learning.

    The university has many distinguished alumni who are leaders and have received awards in their fields. The alumni list of the university includes Sebastian Clover (the youngest sailor to cross the Atlantic Ocean), Monty Halls (A Wildlife Presenter at BBC), Jane Wilson-Howarth (Physician and a Travel-Writer), Mandy Chessell (Computer Scientist), Clare Nasir (Meteorologist), Darren Jones (MP for Bristol North West), and Jaka Aryadipa Singgih (Indonesian Politician and Entrepreneur).

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