Optical Recruitment

Prospect Health is the recruitment supplier of choice for Optical Practices in the UK

Optical Recruitment Services

At Prospect Health, we stand at the forefront of optical recruitment, offering unparalleled access to a vast network of optical professionals across the UK and internationally. Our dedication to connecting leading optical employers with exceptional talent is unwavering, as we navigate the complexities of recruitment in the optical sector with precision and expertise.

Why Choose Prospect Health for Optical Recruitment?

Extensive Network of Optical Professionals

Our extensive network spans optometrists, dispensing opticians, contact lens opticians, optical assistants, practice managers, general managers, area and regional managers, and partners and investors. This diverse pool of candidates ensures that we can meet the nuanced needs of both independent and multiple employers in the optical industry.

Proven Track Record in Optical Placements

With a history of successfully filling vacancies at various levels of seniority, both in the UK and overseas, our client testimonials speak volumes about our ability to connect businesses with the talent they need to thrive. Our approach is not just about filling positions; it’s about fostering long-term partnerships and contributing to the growth and success of the optical sector.

Tailored Recruitment Solutions

Understanding that each employer’s needs are unique, we pride ourselves on offering bespoke recruitment solutions. After gaining a deep understanding of your specific requirements, we work alongside you as a trusted recruitment partner, offering a proven, effective alternative to traditional advertising-based recruitment methods.

Our Recruitment Expertise

Our team brings together over 50 years of combined recruitment experience, supported by significant ongoing investment in our resourcing capabilities. This foundation allows us to guarantee access to the best exclusive talent in the industry, including those not actively seeking new opportunities but open to the right offers.

The Prospect Health Advantage

The key to our success lies in our proactive approach to candidate search and selection, specifically tailored to the optical industry. We focus on attracting high-performing professionals to your opportunities, adding the greatest value to your business, and helping you secure the talent that will drive your success.

Read our testimonials to hear from some of the satisfied clients we have worked with.

If you would like to talk to one of our Optical team please call 01423 813 452 or email us at [email protected]

Here at Prospect Health we’ve recently had success finding great optometrists for practices in places we notoriously know are hard to fill.

Our nationwide reach and innovative marketing campaigns allow us to put your practice and opportunity in front of thousands of Optometrists across the UK enabling us to tell your story in a unique and modern way.

Watch our case study video to find out more…

Read our testimonials from our satisfied clients

Colin Jenkins , Optometrist Director, Specsavers (Portsmouth)

Our three Specsavers practices had been running almost solely on Locums for nearly two years. The South Coast has always been a difficult place to recruit and using Locums was very expensive. We had used several recruitment agencies that had all provided nothing. I was contacted by Prospect Health and they quickly began to send me candidates interested in interviewing with me.

Shortly after this we recruited two Optometrists through Prospect Health. Both Optometrists are still with us today and performing extremely well. Even after taking the recruitment fee into consideration, using employed Optometrists has saved our business thousands of pounds. Added to this the familiarity and continuity that our practice now benefits from in having employed Optometrists is priceless.

Prospect Health has continued to send us candidate after candidate while other methods of recruiting have failed. I have been extremely impressed with the company from start to finish and would not hesitate in recommending them to any Specsavers practice.

Chris Hartley,Franchise Partner, Boots Opticians (Oxford)

Prospect Health have been very proactive to fulfilling our requirements for an optometrist we needed in one of our Boots opticians franchise stores. They took a lot of time discussing the requirements with us, to ensure that they had all the details needed to ensure he could locate the correct candidate. The communication throughout the whole process was great, and with their assistance we are very happy with the choice of candidate. The whole process was carried out in a quick and efficient manner, allowing me to focus on continuing to operate my business. I would have no hesitation in recommending Prospect Health, and will be using their recruitment services again in the future..

Lucy Hornby Practice Manager, Specsavers Dartford

Prospect Health guided us through the process of finding a suitable candidate for our team and did so with great care. They went to huge effort to ensure every part of the recruitment process went smoothly. I would highly recommend Prospect Health to others.

Gavin Rebello, Patrick and Menzies Optician

Prospect Health has really helped us move from being in a position where we were not able to reach our full potential because of the short supply of quality Optoms in mid/north Essex to actually being fully-staffed.

They take the time to understand my needs for the business and the skills I am looking for and present candidates that fit the bill.

Prospect Health made the experience of professional recruitment an absolute pleasure and I cannot recommend them highly enough. They will be my first port of call should the need ever arise in the future.

Christine Jenkins, Burnett Hodd & Jenkins

Recruiting optometric staff can be one of the biggest headaches for the independent optical practitioner but after thirty three years of recruitment experience, I was lucky enough to find Prospect Health, who are as proud of the service they give their clients as I am of the service I provide my patients.

I was most impressed by the meticulous way in which Prospect Health matched the practice requirements with those of the candidate selected for interview. Within forty eight hours of our first conversation I was chatting with a delightful optometrist who subsequently agreed to join our team and I have never been happier!

Prospect Health made the experience of professional recruitment an absolute pleasure and I cannot recommend them highly enough. They will be my first port of call should the need ever arise in the future.”

Mark Walker Director, Specsavers (Bedminster)

Since joining Specsavers, Bedminster in Bristol late in 2009 I have been trying to recruit another Optometrist via all the usual and sometimes unusual routes, all producing no candidates. Then in October I had a telephone call from Prospect Health saying they had a candidate who was in the area the next day for an interview and would I be interested. Not having used them before I agreed but was very cautious. The following day I interviewed the candidate who was very good indeed, and soon after I made an offer which was accepted.

The candidate started employment in November and has fitted into our team extremely well and is producing excellent results in terms of test numbers, conversion rates etc. Throughout the whole process they kept both myself and the candidate fully informed and still calls weekly to check that all is OK. Albeit the agency fee was more than I usually agree to pay I feel that the service I have received has been the best that I have experienced from any agency in the past and I certainly would recommend them to anyone who is on the lookout for good employees.”

Stuart Knight, R T Knight Opticians

Thanks again for all your kind help in recruiting Nicky. She’s a great asset to our business.

I am very pleased to recommend Prospect Health. They really took time to understand us as a business and to gain a detailed profile of the type of candidate we were looking for. Although they work nationally I was particularly impressed with their ‘local’ knowledge of where we work and our business environment. It certainly made a difference in finding the ideal person. When it came to the interview process I was confident that the candidate had a good understanding of us and the job, and we too had a clear picture of the person we were meeting. Their kind and considerate approach means that I would certainly use Prospect Health again.

James Gilbert, Professional Recruitment & Registration, The Outside Clinic

The Outside Clinic has been working with Prospect Health since February 2012 assisting us with Optical and Audiology Recruitment nationwide.

Prospect Health came to see us at our Head Office in Swindon to gather as much information as possible to effectively go to the market and source the right candidates for us. Results came through immediately and we were impressed with the quality that came through.

The candidates we received were fully briefed about The Outside Clinic, what is required from them as well as the benefits that come with working with The Outside Clinic. To date, Prospect Health have successfully placed numerous Optometrists and Audiologist with us and continue to provide us with ongoing support.

Jane Brown Group Manager, Matheson Optometrists

My boss was very dubious to use recruitment agencies, one reason being the cost involved. I managed to convince him to give you guys a go, we had nothing to lose as we were not able to find the right candidate with our advertisements.

I was impressed with your service from the very start, you understood just what we were looking for, you kept us informed and did not waste our time with unsuitable candidates.

We are completely happy with our new Dispensing Manager you found for us, he fits all our criteria and more. it was well worth spending the money, we will not hesitate in using you again and will definitely recommend you to others.
This has proven to make my job easier, thank you.

First Optical Ltd

In the past, I have encountered many problems with employing staff on a temporary basis. Nine times out of ten the applicant was unsuitable for our very unusual requirements and at very short notice. I telephoned Prospect Health really in desperation, as I required a CLO the next day on a film set. Liam at Prospect Health bent over backwards to assist with our request and he did indeed find a suitable person in less than one hour.

A few months later we were looking for CLO for a three month contract and didn’t hesitate to call Prospect Health again. We had a very long list of requirements to fulfil this roll and it would not be an easy task. Prospect Health delivered in many ways, above and beyond our expectations and our successful applicant was exceptional. We have been delighted with the quality of applicants we received and Liam was always enthusiastic on the end of the phone. When we require another temporary or permanent placement, Prospect Health will definitely be our first port of call.

Kam Dhillon, Director, Specsavers (Cambridge)

Here is an account of the service I received from prospect health. I had been looking for an Optom for 4 months. Other agencies and head hunters had failed to deliver any potential candidates. I contacted prospect health after receiving a mail shot. As I wasn’t after just any Optom I was pleased you took the time to identify my specific requirements. Straight away you were able to introduce me to a suitable candidate and things progressed quickly from there. At no point during negotiations did I feel that you put the candidate’s interests above ours.

Overall very happy with the service and the Optom I now employ. I would not hesitate in recommending prospect health to other directors.

Kate Berry, Clinic Manager, London Vision Clinic

I found Paul to be incredibly thorough and professional in all my dealings with him. I have dealt with numerous recruitment companies in the past and get very frustrated when CV’s get sent to me with basic grammatical and spelling errors on them; Paul’s CVs were flawless. The candidates that he sent through fit the specification we were looking for perfectly; they had the skills we required and the personality to fit our Company. We would certainly use Paul and Prospect Health in the future. Thank you.

James Kidner

I had been attempting to find a Dispensing Optician with a profile that suited our business, I failed. You guys at Prospect, were professional and back to me within a week with a prospective candidate. This candidate is now in the post and filling her part in the team admirably, for this I thank you.

Many thanks for the splendid service! I would recommend to any employer your professional approach in seeking a person, who will be a key player in their practice/s.

Paul Bhalla (Director), Specsavers (Kingston-upon-Thames)

I have been very satisfied with the relationship and service that I have had from Prospect Health. I have over the last few years recruited more Optometrists via yourselves than any other agency excluding SRS. Whilst I would of course rather use SRS due to fee structure, I have found your team to be very effective at finding potential candidates and your communication and organisation to be excellent.

I would be happy to recommend your services.

Don Watts, Director & Regional Chair, Specsavers (Reading)

I have used Prospect Health for a number of years, as they have always provided me with high standard of service.

The candidates put forward by Prospect are always well briefed about the store, and my expectations, and fulfil the brief that I have given to the agency.

They are certainly much more than a CV forwarding service, which a lot of the others are.

Debbie Dance Regional Optical Manager, Costco Wholesale

We began using Prospect Health about 12 months ago for our hard-to-fill vacancies and in the past nine months they have filled 4 Optometrist positions and an Optical Manager position, along with two Audiologists as well.

Our usual methods of advertising weren’t working for this difficult locations but Prospect Health have sent a number of candidates for each role, and certainly generate a greater quantity and quality of candidates than we have been used to.

They are not a pushy agency, and they take time to take a detailed understanding of what their clients are looking for so we don’t waste time with candidates that aren’t suitable for us.

Christine Wrenn Director, A H Mertons Ltd

I would just like to thank you for all your help in filling the hole in our practice team! Your communication and detail was excellent and your understanding of the practice needs helped to ensure only the right candidates were put forward for interview. It was clear that the time you spent during the selection process showed you had listened and in order to fill our criteria perfectly.
The candidates were also impressed with your professional attitude and your enthusiasm.
I will have no hesitation in recommending Prospect Health and will definitely use your services again should the need arise………but not too soon eh ?

Thank you once again

Jude Edwards Ophthalmic Director, Specsavers (Aylesbury)

I’m writing to say just how grateful I am for all you have done for my store at Specsavers Aylesbury. Since we started working with you, you have provided us with extremely high calibre candidates to interview and gone on onto successfully fill positions.

Your professionalism and expertise in the way you kept us informed of everything and all the steps you handled for us has been a breath of fresh hair and is also extremely appreciated! I very much look forward to working with you again soon.
Please keep up the great work!

Claire Shipway FBDO Human Resources Director, Rawlings Opticians

I wish to convey my thanks to Paul from Prospect Health for finding two extremely talented Optometrists for our Surrey and Hampshire locations. The calibre of the applicants has been impressive and his tireless work in ensuring a perfect match for us has been outstanding. I would highly recommend Paul to anyone currently in the process of recruiting professional staff.

Don Watts – Director at Specsavers (Reading)

On one occasion, a placement was unsuccessful, and I had prepared myself for a fight to get a rebate of the fees, but they could not have been more helpful. A cheque for the full amount of the fee was received within two days.