Optometrist Nicola McElvanney has been named chair of Optometry Scotland. She replaces David Bonellie who steps down from the role.
Optometrist, and director of Specsavers in Edinburgh, Michael O’Kane becomes Optometry Scotland’s vice chair.
Independent optometrist, Ms McElvanney, is past chair of Greater Glasgow & Clyde (GG&C) Optometric Committee, former vice chair of the GG&C clinical forum and current lead optometrist for Glasgow Community Health Partnership North West sector.
Commenting on her new role, Ms McElvanney said: “I am delighted to accept the position of chair of Optometry Scotland. I hope to progress the excellent achievements of former chairs by protecting and developing general ophthalmic services, and promoting locally enhanced schemes.”
She added: “I believe that we have a world-class community based eye service here in Scotland that benefits the public by detection of early eye disease.
It also helps to reduce the ever increasing burden in secondary care by retaining more patients in a community setting.”