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Extracurricular benefits

Luke McRoy-Jones explains how the Plymouth Optometry Society offers its student members much more than just social events

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Spaces designed by the blind

In 2008, US-based architect Chris Downey went blind following brain surgery. He remains an architect today. This is the story of how his sight loss has opened his eyes to other ways of living in the city. Sean Rai-Roche reports

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Improving work-life balance

Striking a good work-life balance is vital to both commercial and personal growth. Business guru Dom Watson outlines seven ways to ensure a healthy business and happy mind

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Feel good factor

Optometrist and life coach Sheena Tanna-Shah has ventured into new streams of health and wellbeing services that have helped occupy her mind and many others. Joe Ayling visited her home in Northampton to find out more

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Remarkable roles

A motorbike ride that lasted longer than expected proved to a be a life changing event for husband and wife team Andrew and Michelle Greene. Chris Bennett travelled to Coulsdon to find out why

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In focus: Employment rights

The ‘gig economy’ has become a talking point once again after a self-employed plumber emerged triumphant from a Supreme Court case last week. Joe Ayling reports

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Remarkable roles

Optometrist Peter Greedy looked set for a comfortable corporate career before applying his inquisitive mind to an everyday problem, Chris Bennett caught up with him to find out more

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In focus: The Gender pay gap

As the gender pay gap debate rages on, the UK’s leading optical chains last week met a government deadline to disclose how much they were paying male and female optical staff. Joe Ayling reports

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Pre-reg: Change of assessor

Stage two of the pre-reg year can be daunting, with the introduction of mystery patients and a new assessor. Be prepared, urges Bill Harvey

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Pre-reg: Final assessment

Bill Harvey offers some words of wisdom on how to approach the objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs), the final assessment of the pre-reg scheme

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Entering the workplace

Taking part in a pre-reg year can develop your clinical skills tenfold. But how does working in a practice differ from studying at university? Luke Haynes asks a group of pre-reg trainees in multiple, independent and hospital settings to see how they adapted to life after leaving the university bubble

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Pre-reg training

Optometry students have the chance to complete their pre-reg placement in a multiple, independent or hospital setting, but the latest Optician research found most start out with a chain. Joe Ayling reports

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Pre-reg toolkit

Setting out into the world of work as a pre-reg optometrist requires a host of new personal and clinical skills. But what about the physical equipment you will need? Bill Harvey reports

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Life as a pre-reg student

You’ve secured your placement, you’ve read up on the ethos of the company and you’re studying ahead of your first week in the job. But what can you expect to be doing? Luke Haynes quizzes Ali-Raza Hassam, a current pre-reg trainee at Specsavers Epsom, about his typical week

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Five myths of the pre-reg

Stepping into the unknown, it is hard to anticipate just what to expect from a year working in a practice. Luke Haynes busts some of the common myths surrounding the pre-reg