Specsavers are now telling most of their partners that they need to look at helping relieve the growing pressure that is occurring with the NHS at the moment.
Over 1,000 Specsavers partners and support staff had attended the annual seminar at the ICC in Birmingham on the 28th November, where they heard all about the vision that Specsavers had for its future.
Professor Harrison Weisinger said: “Specsavers was well-equipped to help take the strain from hospitals.”
Professor Harrison Weisinger added: “Hospital eye department budgets are driving more primary care to the high street and advancements in technology are going to allow optometrists to do this work.”
Professor Harrison Weisinger also went onto say that practitioners could end up being replaced by auto-refraction if they don’t follow the customer trends.
John Perkins, the joint-chief executive officer was at the event and had said:”Today has been about our vision, inspiring and passionate. Our partnership has never been stronger than it is today, and I cannot imagine a more inspiring, invigorating and rewarding time to be working at Specsavers.”
Doug Perkins, the Specsavers chairman also attended the seminar and had spoke about how the Opticians profession could increase its clinical profile in a effort to help the health sector.
Furthermore Economist Roger Martin-Fagg spoke about how he believes that there will always be pressure on the NHS, however the likes of Specsavers and other high street Opticians could play a substantial part in easing the pressure on the NHS. He also went on to say that these high street Opticians had the ability to not only take on some of the NHS’s work but also provide private services to people that are fine to pay for it rather than waiting for it with the NHS.