Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Clinical Optometry

University of the West of England
United Kingdom
32004.00 - 48327.00 GBP Annual
07 Sep 2017
17 Sep 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
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.

Bristol itself is a hub of social and cultural activity. A place with a strong, creative and fiercely independent mindset. A city with a buzzing music scene, great restaurants and interesting business ventures. It's not surprising Bristol is consistently named as one of the best places to live and work in the UK.

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.

Other benefits, in addition to salary:
•a generous holiday allowance of 35 days
•up to 12.5 bank holiday/closure days per year in addition;
•flexible working;
•excellent defined benefit pension schemes;
•option to participate in the cycle to work scheme;
•family friendly policies;
•option to purchase childcare vouchers.

Contact for informal discussion: Dr Vivien Gibbs, Head of Department for Allied Health Profession, on telephone or email G-H - GBP32,004 - GBP48,327