Specsavers extends education

The multiple has developed a new course for clinical assistants

Specsavers has established a new enhanced optical services diploma for its clinical assistants

Specsavers has established a new enhanced optical services (EOS) diploma for its clinical assistants.

The BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Healthcare Services qualification is approved by the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and aims to help develop the skills of employees who perform ophthalmological and optometric services procedures.

The Specsavers course is designed for clinical assistants who work in practices where EOS contracts have been secured, as well as assistants in Newmedica clinics and surgical centres.

The programme is 18 months long and combines distance learning and face to face workshops. While the course has been designed by Specsavers’ professional development team, the scope, specification and duration has been set by professional bodies in the NHS.

Modules will cover anatomy, pathology, managing patients with complex needs and managing risk.

Each student will have a supervisor and personal development plan that aims to identify key tasks and skills necessary to perform their role in store.

Senior editorial manager in Specsavers’ professional training and development team, Jen Geatrell, said: “This exciting new training for our clinical assistants will not only lead to a nationally-recognised qualification, but also help to improve the professional delivery of EOS throughout our networks of stores, ultimately benefiting the customer.”