Career profile: Gordon Ilett

29 October 2021
Autumn 2021

Gordon Ilett tells us about his career, his experience on charitable and professional bodies, and his new position as Chair of the Optometric Fees Negotiating Committee.

Who? 
Gordon Ilett

Current job?
Chair

Where?
Optometric Fees Negotiating Committee

Why did you choose a career in optometry?
I was a bit squeamish and didn’t fancy being a dentist or a doctor, because there’s too much blood involved!

Tell us about your professional career in practice.
My pre-reg was in Brixton and Peckham, and I also worked in the contact lens department at Moorfields. About two years after qualifying, I was offered a partnership in a group of nine practices, which meant I moved to Kent, where I also became a sessional hospital optometrist.

Here we developed a low vision service and a multidisciplinary paediatric low vision clinic to improve communication with schools, parents and social care workers. The hospital role provided the network to help develop community services in the local areas. 

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