Tim Morgan and Sarah Schumm will work on projects such as workforce planning and eye care reform
Health Education Improvement Wales (HEIW) has appointed optometrists Tim Morgan and Sarah Schumm as the inaugural Welsh Clinical Leadership Training Fellows (WCLTF).
Mr. Morgan and Ms. Schumm have now started their scholarships, which allows them to take a year without a job to participate in a large and varied program of leadership training activities. They will also have the opportunity to observe leaders in health, education and training in Wales.
Sarah Schumm, who is one of Health Education Improvement Wales’ first leadership training fellows
Ms. Schumm has been a community optometrist for 16 years and is based in Cwmbran. As part of her scholarship, she is leading a project on workforce planning.
Ms Schumm said: “I am incredibly excited to have a positive impact on the eye care journey between secondary, primary and therapeutic eye care, to help us join us as a comprehensive package that is mutual aid and support, for the benefit of the profession and the patient.
His project is co-sponsored by the South West Wales Regional Optical Committee (SWWROC).
Michael Charlton, Chairman of SWWROC, said: “The ROC is delighted to be able to support this project and we hope the results will benefit not only the profession in South West Wales, but across Wales and even beyond.
Tim Morgan, Newly Appointed Welsh Clinical Leadership Fellow
Meanwhile, Tim Morgan, owner of an independent practice based in North East Wales and former Vice President of Optometry Wales, is working closely with the Welsh government on an eye care reform project.
He said, “I am absolutely delighted to be given this opportunity to explore aspects of primary eye care design.
“It is so encouraging for the profession and for our patients that the HEIW and the Welsh Government see the value of this role and have high expectations for quality improvement. ”
This is the first time optometrists have been appointed Welsh Clinical Leadership Fellows, and Mr Morgan and Ms Schumm are the UK’s first fellows. The roles were partly funded by SWWROC and the Welsh government.