Optical Assistant / HCT Trainer

Nationwide, Region: North West, Region: South West, Region: South-East/South-West England, Region: Yorkshire


SpaMedica is one of the UK’s leading independent providers of ophthalmic services and largest provider of NHS cataract surgery.

We are looking for a Optical Assistant / HCT Trainer to join our training team who will be open to covering all sites nationwide.

Who are we?

  • We are privileged to be able to support the tens of thousands of NHS patients that come to SpaMedica each year.
  • We are dedicated to reducing NHS waiting times for cataract surgery, YAG capsulotomy and AMD treatments.
  • We are proud to deliver excellent care and support thousands of patients to achieve better vision – our outcomes are some of the best in the UK, with low complication rates.
  • We want our staff to enjoy coming to work and provide a friendly and supportive environment for you to work in.
  • We are the largest provider of NHS cataract surgery – 24.000+ surgeries per annum.
  • We have over 40 hospitals and will be opening several new hospitals over the next 12 months.
  • We’re proud to have been awarded gold status from Investors in People (IIP), putting SpaMedica in the top 3% for world-class performance achieved through its staff focus.

What do we offer?

  • Salary – £24,480 – £26,520
  • 37.5 hours worked over four days (including one Saturday a month) – (7.30am to 5.30pm)
  • Free Parking
  • Continuous training and development programme through our Internal Learning Management system and clinical training team ·
  • Bonus 1 – June – potential to earn up to 5% individual performance related bonus
  • Bonus 2 – February – potential to earn up to 5% hospital/company related bonus
  • Annual pay reviews and increases in line with the bandings
  • Staff Benefits, including discounts at a large selection of retailers/hospitality and fitness facilities
  • Referral programmes – a cash reward for introducing new employees to SpaMedica
  • Internal Company recognition programme
  • Reward for reaching length of service milestones
  • Twice yearly all staff celebration parties
  • Career Progression within the business
  • Work life balance
  • 25 days holiday (33 days including bank holidays) increasing with length of service
  • Company pension scheme

The Role:

  • To act as a mentor to new and existing members of the clinical team overseeing induction, training programmes and competency sign off.
  • Identifying and assessing future and current training needs for teams.
  • SpaMedica brand ambassador for best practice and sharing of information in the most appropriate vehicle for delivering the respective training.
  • Design and delivery of training competencies.
  • Promote training and the training facilities to managers and encourage professional development.
  • Site audits to identify training requirements across all sites.
  • Embrace quality training and maintain training records to the highest standard and update training matrices.
  • Deliver high quality learning programme in terms of content, structure and assessment support.
  • Develop and agree learning objectives with employees.
  • Monitoring, measuring and adapting teaching / training programmes for maximum effectiveness to ensure learning objectives are achieved.
  • Delivery of induction process, ensuring quality on-boarding for all new starters.
  • Liaise closely with all relevant parties to ensure service levels are maintained.
  • Produce accurate and timely management information.
  • Supporting new site opening and settling of new staff and their training requirements within new hospitals.
  • Maintaining professional development.

Experience and Knowledge:

  • Training experience in a busy multi-site business.
  • Proven work experience as a trainer.
  • Experience of biometry and A Scan training
  • Experience of prescriptions and ocular conditions
  • Experience of theatre Health Care Assistant training preferably in ophthalmology
  • Familiarity with traditional and modern training methods (mentoring, coaching, on-the-job or in classroom training, e-learning, workshops, simulations etc.)

Nice to Haves:

  • Qualified trainer.
  • Ophthalmic training experience.

To be considered for this role you will have previous experience as a Laser Vision Correction Technician / Optical Trainer or have extensive IOL / cataract diagnostic experience. Even more important than this, you will have a real passion for Ophthalmology.

We are aware of the recent Government consultation regarding the potential to mandate Vaccinations for Healthcare workers.

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