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Optometric Advisor

Hywel Dda University Health Board
£71,473 to £82,355 per annum pro rata
Closing date
22 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8C
Contract Type
Part Time
This is an exciting opportunity to join the Primary Care Team within Hywel Dda University Health Board. We are looking for competent and dynamic individuals who have a passion for service change and delivery alongside contract management. You will be working within a peer group of Primary Care Service Optometric Managers who work across the Optometric Services.

As a senior member of the team you will lead operationally on the clinical element and service development of the Optometric Service for all 3 Counties.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible for the day-to-day clinical management and performance management of the Optometric Service and service development for opticians across all 3 counties.

Working as part of the wider Primary Care team you will be key to the performance management of Primary Care Optometric providers and implementation of new services. You will also provide clinical support and guidance to professional collaborative meetings, ensuring that robust governance arrangements are in place in line with local and national agreements.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post English and/or Welsh speakers are equally welcome to apply.

About us

Hywel Dda University Health Board is the planner and provider of NHS healthcare services for people in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and its bordering counties. Our 11,000 members of staff provide primary, community, in-hospital, mental health and learning disabilities services for around 384,000 people across a quarter of the landmass of Wales. We do this in partnership with our three local authorities and public, private and third sector colleagues, including our volunteers, through:

Four main hospitals: Bronglais General in Aberystwyth, Glangwili General in Carmarthen, Prince Philip in Llanelli and Withybush General in Haverfordwest

Seven community hospitals: Amman Valley and Llandovery in Carmarthenshire Tregaron, Aberaeron and Cardigan in Ceredigion and Tenby and South Pembrokeshire Hospital Health and Social Care Resource Centre in Pembrokeshire

48 general practices (four of which are managed practices), 47 dental practices (including three orthodontic), 99 community pharmacies, 44 general ophthalmic practices (43 providing Eye Health Examination Wales and 34 low vision services) and 17 domiciliary only providers and 11 health centres

Numerous locations providing mental health and learning disabilities services

Highly specialised and tertiary services commissioned by the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee, a joint committee representing seven health boards across Wales.

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will be able to find a full job description and person specification attached within the supporting documents.

The Health Board is committed to supporting its staff to fully embrace the need for bilingualism thereby enhancing patient and service user experiences. In our commitment to increase the number of staff who are able to communicate in Welsh with patients and professionals, we welcome applications from Welsh speakers.

The ability to communicate in Welsh is desirable for this post. If you do not meet the Welsh Language requirements specified, the Health Board offers a variety of learning options and staff support to help you meet these minimal desirable requirements during the course of your employment with us.

Interviews will be held on 04/10/23

Person Specification

Qualifications and Knowledge


  • BSc(Hons) Degree in Optometry.
  • Registered with the General Optical Council.
  • Member of College of Optometry.
  • Member of the Association of Optometrists.
  • Master's Degree or equivalent education/experience.
  • Post-graduate qualification relating to a highly specialist aspect of clinical optometry e.g. College of Optometrists Professional / Higher Certificate / Diploma in contact lens practice / glaucoma/ low vision/ medical retina/ paediatric eye care.
  • Evidence of up to date Continuing Professional Development.
  • Evidence of up to date knowledge of WGOS Regulatory Framework, General Ophthalmic Contract 2009 and recent clinical developments.


  • EHEW & LVSW accredited optometrist.
  • Registered on Wales Ophthalmic Performers List.
  • Current experience of delivering clinical services at least 1 day per week.



  • Significant experience working as an optometrist in Primary Care.
  • Experience of the NHS transformation agenda.
  • Experience delivering both safe, qualitative and effective services providing value for money.
  • Experience managing conflict.
  • Experience of working at a senior level across Primary and Secondary Care.
  • Experience of clinical leadership at a senior level across primary and secondary care within the NHS.
  • Experience of having worked in different optical settings.
  • Experience of working relationships with both clinical and non-clinical colleagues.
  • Compliant with Data Protection and Caldicott - adhere to total confidentiality at all times.
  • Organise and prioritise when working under pressure.
  • Good level networking and liaison skills and the ability to meet deadlines and targets.


  • Experience managing a Primary Care Optometry practice.
  • Experience of managing change.
  • Experience of having worked in different optical settings.



  • Ability to travel between sites in a timely manner.
  • Flexible approach to work.

Language Skills


  • Welsh Speaker (level 1)

Employer details

Employer name

Hywel Dda University Health Board


Hafan Derwen, St David's Park

Jobswell Road


SA31 3BB

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