Specsavers has announced the appointment of three optometrists who will head up its enhanced optical services project. They are former lecturer in optometry at Plymouth University, Kiki Soteri; former deputy head of optometry at Birmingham and Midland Eye Centre, Satvinder Singh Soomal; and former national optometry development manager at Ultralase, Hayley Moore.
In their new roles as heads of enhanced optical services (EOS) at the multiple, they join a national network of Specsavers joint venture partners who are also working as heads of EOS. Together their aim is to provide peer-to-peer support to store partners. They are also responsible for implementing best practice, planning clinical accreditations and delivering training as part of a 50-strong Specsavers clinical development team.
Specsavers director of optometry advancement, Paul Morris, said: “I am delighted to welcome these fantastic clinicians to the team. Their enthusiasm and experience will really help us to take forward the enhanced services revolution for Specsavers and for the profession as a whole.”
Commenting on her appointment, Ms Soteri, said: “I am passionate about helping clinicians and professionals to determine and achieve their goals and I know that EOS are something that lots of optometrists want to be involved in.”
She added: “Although initially sceptical, I have watched with increasing interest as Specsavers has demonstrated its commitment to professional advancement. I’ve worked in optics since 1992 and the profession has been preparing throughout this time to take on enhanced roles but until now the pace of change has been slow. I am very much attracted by the ‘can do’ attitude at Specsavers – this is an organisation that makes things happen.”