Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Clinical Optometry

University of the West of England, Bristol - Allied Health Professions

UWE Bristol is an ambitious university. Together, our people are working hard to advance knowledge, inspire people, and transform futures. We are looking for people with the skills and ambition to help us achieve those aims.

We are a well-established university, with over 27,000 students, 250,000 alumni, and 3,000 staff. Students come to study with us from all over the UK, as well as from 140 different countries around the world, making this a diverse and interesting place to come and study.

The Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences at the University of the West of England is looking for an exceptional individual to be a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer with lead responsibility for students’ clinical experience on an innovative exciting new Optometry programme, and be part of the future in its teaching and research activities.

The General Optical Council’s Education Strategic Review will be informed by wide recognition across the eye health sector, including by Ophthalmology, of the need to move to more care into the community. Education needs to reflect changing scopes of practice and optometrists’ extended roles, with greater emphasis on clinical specialism. Addressing the challenge of equipping graduates with the skills and experience necessary to thrive in a rapidly changing clinical and professional environment is central to the design of this new programme.

You will join a visionary department (Allied Health Professions) and, in order to fulfil our aims, will be dynamic, adaptable, innovative, and creative. There will also be opportunities to develop and contribute to the wider aspirations of the University.

The role will involve leading the clinical and practical learning experiences of undergraduate optometry students. This will take place within a brand new, dedicated, on-site, clinical optometry space, with simulated retail practice area. You will also be responsible for forming partnerships with NHS hospitals, industry partners and others, to facilitate students undertaking clinical placements at designated points in the programme. Other responsibilities will include contributing to the programme design; preparation of teaching materials and assessments; course planning and delivery; working closely with local, regional, and national external optometry partners; liaising with the professional body. Driving an innovative research culture and best practice for practice orientated learning and achievement also form key aspects of the role.

It is anticipated that you will have a high level of insight into contemporary optometry practice and will have experience of teaching and assessment in higher, further, or continuing education, or in clinical practice. Knowledge of the contemporary theories and concepts that underpin optometry practice and education is essential. You must be registered and practicing as an Optometrist on the General Optometry Council’s Professional Register, have experience of managing optometry clinical services, and possess evidence of continuing professional development related to your current role.

This is an excellent opportunity to develop a strategic vision for Optometry education and training within the south west region, helping to shape future eye care in a contemporary healthcare landscape.

This post requires an enhanced DBS clearance.

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