Position: Optometrist

Location: Hempstead Valley, Kent

Salary: Up to £65,000 per annum depending on experience + £10,000 joining bonus (T&Cs apply) + performance related bonus

Working hours: 4-day working week Monday to Friday, with 1 Sunday every 5 weeks

Experience level: This role is open to both newly qualified and experienced Optometrists who are registered with the GOC


Opening in May 2023, Specsavers in Hempstead Valley has become one of the leading opticians in the area and we are looking for a forward-thinking Optometrist to join them on a full or part time basis.


Hempstead Valley have a unique offering on top of no weekend work. Their Optometrists work a 4-day week instead of the traditional 5-day week and cover 1 Sunday every 5 weeks! So, you would have shorter hours of work per week and an extra day off!


As the store only opened last year you will be joining a state-of-the-art practice that is modern, bright, and new. Boasting 9 test rooms over 2 floors you will be impressed with the clinical technology you will have access to including two Nidek Retina DUO II OCT (latest OCT including FAF for HCG scheme), Nidek and Frost automatic Phoropter in all test rooms, Nidek Tonoref III and the latest Henson 9000 field screener to name just some of the equipment.


The directors in Hempstead Valley are very keen advocators of clinical skills and are heavily involved in local NHS schemes including MECS, MECS 2, Repeat IOP, Post-Op Cataract Assessments Hydroxychloroquine screening and soon to be ARMD Monitoring. They believe Optometrists development and career progression is key and will encourage the involvement of enhanced optical services, pre-reg supervision, role of Senior Optometrist and post graduate clinical qualifications.


Hempstead Valley has 3 sister stores – Chatham, Gillingham and Strood. All stores are owned by the same group of 4 directors who have a huge wealth of experience and would be able to offer incredible professional and clinical support and development.


Collectively, they have developed 5 members of the team who are now directors of their own stores, they are currently supporting 3 Optometrists to complete their IP courses and most of the Optometrist team across the stores have completed at least one post graduate course such as Medical Retina or Glaucoma. Could you be the next? 


What’s on offer?

  • Up to £65,000 per annum depending on experience
  • £10,000 joining bonus (T&Cs apply)
  • A strong performance related bonus scheme
  • 4-day working week – Monday to Friday, with 1 Sunday every 5 weeks
  • 33 days annual leave
  • Professional fees paid
  • Private medical cover
  • Death in service
  • Specsavers Perks Plus
  • Annual subscription to the “Headspace” app
  • WeCare – UK confidential employee helpline
  • Pension contribution
  • Outstanding clinical and professional development opportunities
  • Support with IP, Medical Retina and Glaucoma certificates
  • Access to the latest clinical technology and equipment
  • Free parking
  • Tier 2 licensed sponsor

What we’re looking for

Alongside being a qualified and GOC registered Optometrist, we are searching for someone who shares our store’s ethos. Someone who wants to grow, develop and offer exceptional customer care along the way. We want a practitioner who prides themselves on their clinical judgment, that isn’t afraid of a hands-on approach and who is keen to get involved and build rapport with the rest of the team. In summary, we’re looking for a skilled resident Optometrist to join us, be part of the team and assist in driving our practice forward.


Platinum employer

Our store is an accredited Platinum Employer – this means you can expect an exceptional employee experience every single day you work here. The Platinum Employer Scheme is part of the Specsavers drive to become a famous place to work. Stores with this accreditation have been verified on five key employer standards: Recruitment, Performance Management and Reward, Talent Management, Learning and Development and Employee Engagement.


Find out more

If you like the sound of this opportunity, get in touch, we’d love to tell you more about it. Contact Lauren Singh on 07549 210919 or email lauren.singh@specsavers.com



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