Assessors - UK

College vacancy Part-time Permanent Apply by 2 October 2022

We are recruiting assessors for the Scheme for Registration

We are looking for passionate and experienced supervisors and examiners to join our team of more than 100 assessors across the UK. Scheme for Registration assessors work closely with the College, supervisors and trainees to maintain quality standards on the Scheme, and to help trainees to prepare for and progress to Final Assessment (OSCE). 

What the role involves

The role of the Stage One assessor is to assess trainee competence, and support the trainee and supervisor to ensure that the required levels of competence are reached within appropriate timescales.

The College has developed evidence requirements for all the GOC stage 2 Elements of Competence for optometry. The Stage One assessor will carry out remote and face-to-face visits in order to assess the trainee’s competence by observing the trainee examining patients and looking at other evidence of work-based performance such as the logbook, reviews signed by the supervisor, reflective accounts, and patient records. 

After each visit, the Stage One assessor will produce a report indicating which elements can be signed off on the basis of sufficient and relevant evidence. The assessor, supervisor and trainee will discuss and agree an action plan to elements that need to be developed before the next assessment visit. This action plan forms part of the assessment report which is completed by the assessor within one week of the visit. 

You must be able to commit to assessing five trainees, allowing at least three and a half days for every trainee, typically over a period of eight to 12 months. Assessments take place in the workplace and remotely, so some travel will be required, and you must have reliable broadband access. You will receive a fee of £36.37 per hour, and will be reimbursed for travel expenses.

Experience required

  • Assessors must already be an OSCE examiner; OR
  • an experienced supervisor who has supported at least three pre-registration trainees, with at least one trainee completing the Scheme within the last three years.

Assessors must be able to: 

  • Show evidence of continuous professional development, AND
  • be a member of The College of Optometrists.

Training for the role will be provided, and experience in competency-based assessment is an advantage.

All assessors are required to attend an initial training day, and then a training day on an annual basis, and are encouraged to attend a local assessor peer meeting during the year. In exceptional circumstances, an assessor may be required to attend additional training sessions. Time for training will be reimbursed.

Key dates

Closing date for applications: Midnight Sunday 2 October 2022

Invitation to interview w/c: 24 October 2022

Online interviews: 18, 23, 29 November and 2 December 2022

Assessor training day: Wednesday 11 January 2023

Role description

How to apply

To apply, please fill in the form below and upload a current CV and cover letter outlining why you would be a suitable candidate for this role.

Please limit to a maximum of two A4 pages.
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About us

The College of Optometrists is the professional body for optometry. It qualifies the profession and delivers the guidance and development to ensure optometrists provide the best possible care. We promote excellence through the College’s affixes, by building the evidence base for optometry, and raising awareness of the profession with the public, commissioners, and healthcare professionals.

Equality and inclusion

The College is committed to providing equal opportunities in employment and to avoiding unlawful discrimination. We value the differences that a diverse workforce brings to the organisation. In support of this we follow a fair recruitment process in which shortlisting and other recruitment decisions are made on the basis of skills, competencies and experience demonstrated in the application and interview process. 

We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds. If you require a reasonable adjustment to be made to support your application due to a disability or other condition please let us know.

Contact details

Sophie Harper, Lead Assessor
Closing date for application
2 October 2022
020 7766 4382