Our Optometrist Programme

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    As a pre-reg Optometrist you’ll receive expert support from your store team as well as the wider Boots Opticians network. Only at Boots Opticians will you have the opportunity to cross refer our patients into our Pharmacy and Hearingcare teams to offer a truly unique healthcare experience.

    • 1 Year
    • various locations across the UK

During the year long programme you’ll be in store with your Opticians team, spending time getting to know them and your patients too. you’ll continue learning through online modules, working with your supervisor and attending learning days run by your dedicated pre-reg Specialist, joining other pre-reg Opticians from Boots stores in your area and across the UK.

Is this you?

To become a pre-registration optometrist at Boots Opticians you should be studying towards or have graduated with a degree in Optometry. We are looking for individuals who have a natural ability to work as part of a team to deliver excellent care and service to our patients. You will be seen by others as a future leader and demonstrate that you are an innovative and forward thinking optical expert.

Your journey

You’ll have a mix of clinical study, personal development and specific support through the key milestones of the Scheme for Registration, this is delivered through small “hands on” practical workshops, online modules and more intensive support when needed through your dedicated pre-reg Specialist. This is all additional to the in store time focusing on optical and testing skills.

At Boots Opticians we know how important your continued development is, so you are automatically enrolled onto our 2 year Foundation Programme, where you can gain your MECS accreditation as part of the first year. Throughout your pre-reg and Foundation year you will continue with your STEP programme with Johnson & Johnson to provide excellent patient-centred eye care.

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Your learning and development

Our learning and development team are experts in providing the right course content to our pre-registration students. Many members of the team are Optometrists, Contact Lens or Dispensing Opticians and have also been store leaders, this perfectly places them to guide you through the scheme for registration.

Throughout your pre-registration year you will also be mentored by your dedicated in-store supervisor and given unique access to a suite of industry leading learning resources to help you pass your OSCE’s first time. This includes peer support groups, online learning and study days.

Your learning and development

Our Application Process

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The application

You will complete an online application where you will be able to choose up to three regional areas to complete your pre-registration placement.

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The application

Online assessment

You will be asked to complete a short online skills and behaviours assessment to see if your values match ours. This will take around 45 minutes.

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Online assessment

Face to Face Assessment

You will then be invited to meet one of our store managers or pre-reg supervisors. This will be structured as a competency based interview to last no more than 1 hour.

Due to current Covid-19 restrictions interviews will be hold online though Microsoft Teams. Should Government guidance change and depending on the time of year, we could then hold face to face interviews either at your university or in one of the stores in your chosen area.

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Face to Face Assessment

The offer

Following your in-store assessment, successful candidates will then be made an official offer to join Boots Opticians for their pre-registration year. This will be in one of the three areas you chose in the application stage. You will then be given 10 calendar days to accept and sign their offer.

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The offer

Our Culture

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At Boots Opticians we pride ourselves on providing care and development to all of our colleagues in a diverse and inclusive workplace. As a pre-registration Optometrist you will have the chance to build meaningful relationships with patients and communities in which we are based
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At Boots Opticians our first time pass rate in 2019 was 87%, which was the highest of any pre-reg provider. We believe that by giving you unique access to industry leading development tools, such as The Johnson & Johnson STEP programme will help you pass first time.
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Your continued development is important to us. You will be automatically enrolled onto our 2 year Foundation Programme, which is designed to build your clinical knowledge and confidence and study towards your MECS accreditation as part of the first year.

Opticians stories

Ololade

All of my supervisors here at Boots have been incredible in supporting my revision and helping me to grow into a more confident optometrist.

- Ololade

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Sarah

I am just so happy and proud. We were all holding hands as they played our video and I was so emotional when Kevin announced us as the winners.

- Sarah

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 John

The thing I love about working for Boots is how trusted I feel by my manager and the senior management to take what we are doing as a business and turn that into reality in my practice.

- John

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Gabriel

I started here as a Christmas Temp and could never have predicted that five years later I’d still be with the company, as an apprentice in a career I’m really excited about.

- Gabriel

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Our Team

Meet our Optometry Learning & Development Team

Our Learning & Development team are experts in providing the right course content to our pre-registration students. They work closey with the GOC and College of Optometry to ensure you get the very best training. Many members of the team are Optometrists, Contact Lens or Dispensing Opticians and have also been store leaders, which perfectly places them in the right place to guide your through the scheme for registration.

Meet our Optometry Learning & Development Team

Meet our Optometry Learning & Development Team

Our Learning & Development team are experts in providing the right course content to our pre-registration students. They work closey with the GOC and College of Optometry to ensure you get the very best training. Many members of the team are Optometrists, Contact Lens or Dispensing Opticians and have also been store leaders, which perfectly places them in the right place to guide your through the scheme for registration.

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FAQs

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Yes, we encourage all Optometry students to look at our latest part time opportunities on www.boots.jobs. You can also register for job alerts and when a role that matches your requirements becomes available we’ll let you know.

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Last year we offered over 95% of our Pre-registration Optometrists a Newly qualified position. If you perform well and successfully pass your registration exam then we’ll aim to give you a newly qualified offer

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For your Pre-registration training you’ll be based in a store chosen to give you a breadth and depth of experience; supported by experienced supervisors and Pre-registration Specialists.

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To apply for a pre-registration place you can apply through Boots.jobs by using the search function.

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The scheme for registration will last for 12 months

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You will need to be currently studying or have graduated from university with a degree in Optometry. We also ask that students meet a minimum grade of 2:2 in order to be admitted to our pre-registration programme.

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You can contact us by email on Opticians.Recruitment.Programmes@boots.co.uk

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