Further boost for enhanced optical services at Specsavers

Another leading optometrist with extensive clinical experience has joined Specsavers to help take forward its enhanced services revolution.

Adam Wannell, who has been appointed as a head of EOS (enhanced optical services), based in Bristol, has more than 20 years’ experience in a wide range of clinical settings including hospital clinics, laser eye surgery and community optometry in independent and multiple practices.

With a Masters in Clinical Optometry, he has been part of the glaucoma team at Bristol Eye Hospital since 2007. He holds a post-graduate diploma in glaucoma and leads teaching and assessment for WOPEC’s glaucoma module. One of only a handful of optometrists in the country working in an eye hospital Accident & Emergency department, after extensive training, he is also an Independent Prescriber and sits on the College of Optometry Council as a representative for the South-West.

Adam will join a national network of 15 heads of EOS who are responsible for giving peer to peer support to store partners, implementing best practice, planning clinical accreditations and delivering training – as part of a 50-strong clinical development team.

His appointment follows the recruitment in May this year of three new heads of EOS: Satvinder Singh Soomal, former Deputy Head of Optometry at Birmingham and Midland Eye Centre, Kiki Soteri, former Lecturer in Optometry at Plymouth University, and Hayley Moore, former National Optometry Development Manager for Ultralase.

Adam admits he is very excited about his new role which he will combine with his work at Bristol Eye Hospital.

He says, ‘I had felt for some time that if Specsavers really focused on clinical services, in the way that it has on retail and customer service, it would be an unbeatable combination.

Raising the bar

‘I met with Doug (Perkins) and I could see what his vision for enhanced optical services would mean for optometrists at Specsavers and for Specsavers as a whole, and how it would help to raise the bar for the entire optometry profession.

‘This transformation of the optometrist’s role ticks all the boxes for me. It is clear that a sea change is needed because we are facing the perfect storm of technological change, an NHS under pressure, professional bodies’ involvement, and increases in eye disease.

‘Sight tests, glasses and contact lenses are our bread and butter but it is great to do more: to take optometry to a higher level, where our skills and experiences are fully utilised.’

Specsavers co-founder and group managing director Doug Perkins said: ‘I am a great believer that to achieve real transformation you have to “get the right people on the bus”. I am really excited by the calibre of people we are working with, and the combination of their passion and knowledge with the commitment of our joint venture partners, will make this EOS revolution unstoppable.’

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