It’s been the best career choice I’ve ever made
July 23, 2018
Meet David Platt our Optometrist Partner in Glenrothes
Tell us a bit about your journey to becoming a Partner at Specsavers:
I qualified as an Optometrist in 2001 and worked in various locations in the UK and Australia before settling in Scotland in 2007. Scotland’s GOS contract was renewed in 2006 and the new scope of practice held a particular appeal that helped influence my decision to reside in Scotland. Over the subsequent years, I knew I wanted to run my own practice and started to explore my options. I undertook some locum work to broaden my horizons and that was when I met my fellow partners at Specsavers Glenrothes. I discussed my aspirations with the Directors and they were very keen to support my development in becoming a partner – and in 2012, I became a partner at Glenrothes. To this day, it’s been the best career choice I’ve ever made and I would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone interested in owning their own store.
How have you supported the career development of Optometrists in your store?
At Specsavers Glenrothes, we take great pleasure in seeing our Optometrists develop. Each year we supervise one or two Pre-reg Optometrists and delight in seeing their skills develop over the year.
Once qualified, we have regular meetings with our Optometrists. We carry out annual appraisals to allow us to establish the aspirations of our Optometrists and support them accordingly.
Optometrists typically follow one of two routes or both: Clinical or business-focused. For the more clinically-focused Optometrist, we offer an Independent Prescribing option with support for study days and clinical placements. We currently have two Independent Prescribing Optometrists working in Glenrothes. For the Optometrist who prefers the business-focused aspect, we can start your journey towards becoming a Specsavers Partner. This includes ILM courses and the Specsavers Pathway programme. Glenrothes has supported five Optometrists who are now directors of their own stores.
How has your store supported Optometrists relocating to join your team from afar?
Over the twenty-three years, the practice has been established, we have welcomed and supported Optometrists from all over the world including Malaysia, Botswana and Canada, along with various parts of the UK. We recognise that it is a huge decision to relocate for any individual and we want to ensure that it’s a good fit for both parties. We offer the opportunity to work in the practice for a day to allow the individual to see how the practice works and answer any queries they may have.
Relocation packages are offered, along with advice on local housing options and where to get the best Fish and Chips!
How is your store driving forward optometry in your local community?
Specsavers Glenrothes always likes to lead the way. We have very close links with our local hospital and have participated in various pilot projects including Electronic Referrals (Fife was the first health board to launch) and Uveitis shared care schemes, including screening for Juvenile Arthritis.
What clinical and technological advances has your store invested in?
We firmly believe that to give the best examination and patient experience, we must have the best clinical equipment. Each consulting room benefits from Nidek Phoropters, LCD test charts, pachymeters, Gonioscopy lenses and Fundus Camera imaging. Outside the consulting room, we have the latest Humphreys Field machine, Icare Tonometers, Nidek Fundus Camera and shortly will have an OCT, which we are incredibly excited about.
How has the store developed in the time you’ve been there?
Glenrothes is always keen to embrace change and, over the years, our reputation for excellent clinical care has allowed us to serve 75% of the local population. We are now at a point where we need to expand the practice and have exciting plans afoot.
Describe the culture of Specsavers Glenrothes in three words:
Professional, fun and friendly.
What advice would you give someone looking to join Specsavers in Scotland?
The variety in our day-to-day working is great as we can manage and treat eye conditions ranging from foreign body removal to monitoring suspect glaucoma cases. Specsavers has such a unique offer in that you can directly influence how the practice operates as you are working alongside the owners of the practice. We are an innovative store that encourage feedback from staff to improve the service we provide.
Finally, what does your store have planned for the future?
Specsavers Glenrothes is at a very exciting crossroads as we are in the process of expanding the practice from 4 to 6 consulting rooms with a view to offering more clinical services from paediatrics to dry eye clinics. We are a pro-active forward thinking practice and are always striving to be better. So, what are you waiting for? Come and join us at this exciting time and let us be part of your future.