In recent years, I have become more active in shaping the profession of optometry in the UK. In 2015, I was elected to the Association of Optometrists (AOP) Council as the Councillor for the South East region. I was also appointed to the Optical Confederation's Joint Education Committee.
While I have enjoyed all aspects of my work since moving to Newbury, I have often missed having my own practice. Independent practice has none of the restrictions and limitations as working for a large corporate opticians does. Having known what it is like to be fully in charge of my patients, I longed to have that opportunity again.
Thankfully the time has arrived to make independent practice possible again here in Newbury. I look forward to being about to offer my patients better care, non rushed appointments, and a larger range of options to correct vision and maintain best eye health.
Dr Valarie Jerome
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