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Theresa graduated from Manchester University in July 2009. She completed her Pre-Registration training with Boots Opticians in 2010 being in the first cohort of students to undertake the new OSCE examination format. On qualification, Theresa took on a Mobile Optometrist role for Boots which enabled her to work in a range of practices which was invaluable to develop her skills as an Optometrist. Since then she worked as a resident in the Manchester Market Street practice for just over a year before moving to Cheshire and taking on her role in Northwich. Theresa is now supervising both a Pre-Registration Optometrist and Student Dispensing Optician within her current role and recently received the regional Boots ‘Active Care’ award for the work she does in store training her students and the optical team.
Outside of Boots, Theresa has recently been accredited as a peer review facilitator by the College of Optometrists and has been involved in the 'conversations in practice' series featured in the Optician.
Theresa has been a faculty member at THE VISION CARE INSTITUTE® since qualifying in July 2010 and enjoys the relaxed learning environment with the opportunity to meet fellow eye care practitioners and share learnings amongst one another. In particular she loves how the institute is there to support practitioners at all stages of their career. Her special interests in eye care are dry eye, communication and all things contact lens related. She also loves the supervision side of her day job by being able to help support the development of others.
Stephen is an Optometrist based in South Devon where he currently works as a part time lecturer for Optometry at Plymouth University alongside working in local practice. He is also an Examiner and Assessor for the College of Optometrists www.college-optometrists.org/, an Examiner and CET advisor for ABDO and the internal moderator for ABDO’s Contact Lens Visual Optics Theory Paper.
Stephen, who originally qualified as a Dispensing Optician, started his teaching role in 1986 when he was appointed as full-time lecturer at City and Islington College, a role he returned to once qualified as an Optometrist. Following a desire to relocate from London to the West Country, he was appointed Clinical Development Optometrist for Dollond & Aitchison in 1999. This role combined working in practice in Plymouth and organising and teaching a variety of courses for the in-house student Dispensing Opticians, Contact Lens Opticians and Pre-Registration Optometrists at Dollond & Aitchison’s training centre in Birmingham. In 2009 Stephen decided to become self-employed to give himself the flexibility to continue working in practice while still examining and assessing for the professional bodies and other consultancy work.
Stephen has been a faculty member at THE VISION CARE INSTITUTE® since June 2010 and enjoys the learning environment, the diversity of the delegates and the range of experience within the faculty. His special interests in eye care include contact lenses, physiological optics and education.
Simon qualified in the early eighties after graduating from City University. Working in practices ranging from small independents to large, busy multiples he gained a breadth of experience. He has owned his independent high street practice in Bedford for twenty years now, where he spends half of his clinical time seeing contact lens patients.
Simon has been a clinical investigator for over ten years, working closely with contact lens manufacturers on clinical trials of new products. Informing patients of the latest developments and communicating their associated benefits has always been a major part of his contact lens practice.
He regularly presents to fellow eye care professionals on a broad range of topics including communication skills, the promotion and improvement of professional services and contact lens fitting for every generation from children to presbyopes.
Simon has been a faculty member at THE VISION CARE INSTITUTE® since 2007 and likes the atmosphere of relaxed, friendly professionalism in a facility equipped to the highest standards. In his words, 'the faculty have combined experience in all areas of the profession which encourages constant delegate and faculty interaction both during the courses and afterwards. This helps promote the fact that learning is a continuous process, not something that stops on qualification.' His special interests are contact lenses, dry eye, patient communication and customer service.
Ruth is an experienced optometrist working in her own independent practice in the North West of England with particular focus on age related eye disease. She gained an MSc in Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Science from the University of Manchester in 2001.
Ruth is a part time clinical tutor at the University of Manchester. She is a College Examiner and a former College Assessor. She is also involved in courses helping students to prepare for OSCE examinations.
Ruth has been a faculty member at THE VISION CARE INSTITUTE® since 2010 and enjoys her role as the teaching facilities are state of the art and the environment conducive to relaxed, supportive learning. In her words, 'it's good to work with other faculty members and share their knowledge.' Her special interests are the ageing eye, glaucoma case finding and good patient/practitioner communication.
Robin has over 25 years experience in the field of contact lenses. He is formerly Group Contact Lens Director for Dollond and Aitchison and International Managing Director of Vision Express Contact Lenses. He is also a past Contact Lens Practical Examiner for ABDO.
Robin worked for SAP AG as head of the European strategic retail business unit before returning to optics, setting up and running an optical business based in the north of England. During this time he has undertaken the role of Professional Affairs Consultant for Johnson & Johnson Vision Care. He is the Managing Director of a safety spectacle manufacturing company and owns an independent optical practice.
Robin brings an unusual balance of clinical and commercial knowledge to the field of contact lenses. His career has seen him deliver presentations internationally on subjects ranging from gas permeable contact lens problem solving to global information system architecture.
Robin has been a faculty member at THE VISION CARE INSTITUTE® since 2007, having worked in Prague prior to Pinewood. In his words, what he likes most about the institute is 'the team of fantastic professionals that make up the faculty'. His special interests are contact lenses; especially the 90% of the visually corrected population who do not wear them!
In his spare time Robin enjoys sailing.
Pretti is an optometrist based in Sheffield. She graduated from Manchester University in 2010, before completing a successful pre-registration period with Dollond & Aitchison in 2011. In 2013 Pretti was presented with the 'Regional Optometrist of the Year' award by her employer - Boots Opticians - an accolade she found most humbling. She helps delivering clinical and communication-based training within her company and facilitates peer review. The only thing she enjoys more than helping her patients in practice is teaching and looks forward to supervising her first pre-reg optometrist in Summer 2014.
Pretti has been a faculty member at THE VISION CARE INSTITUTE® since 2012 and particularly enjoys teaching pre-registration trainees and newly qualified optometrists. The best part of her role is being able to share her passion for patient care and exchanging clinical gems. Her special interests are communication, nutrition, dry eye and contact lenses.
Her passion outside of eyeballs is a love of baking - though come Halloween the two can be convincingly merged in fundraising activities!
Philippa is a practicing optometrist and currently is also a DOCET training advisor. She qualified in 1988 from Cardiff University. She worked for 21 years for Dollond & Aitchison, in practice and as Clinical Development Manager. During this time she developed and delivered a wide range of training for professional staff and pre-registration optometrists in clinical, communication and business skills.
Philippa has been a College Examiner and Assessor for over ten years and an Optometric Advisor in the Bristol area. She was a clinic tutor at Cardiff University, a College Councilor and on the Professional Standards and Development Committee. For three years she worked in independent and multiple practices delivering contact lens training.
Philippa has been a faculty member at THE VISION CARE INSTITUTE® since 2013 and enjoys meeting and working with a wide range of practitioners who want to improve their clinical skills. Her special interests are contact lenses and training pre-reg and qualified optometrists to improve communication and clinical skills in practice.
Peter trained as an optometrist at QUT, Brisbane Australia; he moved to Britain in 1986 and took ownership of Aaron Optometrists in 1993. He is a previous winner of two Optician awards; ‘Optometrist of the Year’ and ‘Technology Practice of the Year.’ His practice has been further recognised by Northumberland Care Trust with two ‘Innovation in Practice’ awards.
Peter attained a Masters Degree with Distinction in Ocular Therapeutics from Bradford University in 2005. He then achieved Additional Supply and Supplementary Prescribing status in 2009 and was one of the first thirty optometrists to pass the Independent Prescriber common assessment in the same year.
In 2011 Peter was made a Fellow of the College of Optometrists and is currently studying for his ophthalmic doctorate at Aston University. He is a supervisor for the Masters of Optometry students from Manchester University and is an advisor for this course.
Peter has been a faculty member at THE VISION CARE INSTITUTE® since 2007 and enjoys the interaction, inspiration and learning elements. His special interests are acute eye management, clinical optometry and glaucoma.
Michelle graduated from UMIST in 1995 and worked for Boots Opticians in its core business and laser eye clinics. During this time, Michelle worked on the Aston University undergraduate program as a sessional lecturer, clinical demonstrator and clinic supervisor. Since being appointed as a College Examiner in 2001 Michelle has worked with a number of organisations in the training and development of pre-reg and qualified optometrists.
In 2004, Michelle joined Aston Academy of Life Sciences as Refractive Clinic Manager and had a key role in the development of the hospital's ophthalmology services. Her focus centres on anterior eye and refractive surgery, which is reflected in her current role as Senior Optometrist at Optegra Birmingham Eye Hospital . Michelle is also the author of 'LASIK - A Handbook For Optometrists', published by Elsevier in 2005 and continues to write for optometry journals on a regular basis – read one of her articles here: http://www.optometry.co.uk/clinical/details?aid=604
Mandy graduated from City University in 1987 and completed her pre- registration year at Bristol Eye Hospital. Since qualification she has worked in both multiple and hospital optometry allowing her to gain a wealth of clinical experience.
For the last 20 years, Mandy has worked in a forward thinking independent practice in East Sussex where she has been instrumental in setting up and running a successful dry eye clinic. The practice itself is well respected within the local community and has strong links with the local GP’s and Ophthalmology departments. This position has allowed her to enjoy the diversity that community Optometry brings and she thrives on the longstanding relationships that she has with many of her patients and their families. Her new venture is to start studying for her Independent Prescribing Qualification.
Mandy has been a faculty member at THE VISION CARE INSTITUTE® since 2014 and enjoys being able to work with fellow eye care professionals in order to deliver the high standard of relaxed, informal and interactive education that THE VISION CARE INSTITUTE® provides. Her special interests in eye care include dry eye, contact lenses, communication skills and community post-operative cataract care.
Louise is an optometrist with over 20 years of experience in teaching and training pre-registration optometrists. She has worked in a wide variety of multiple, independent and hospital practices. Shortly after qualifying she was asked to help deliver courses to optical advisors and here she discovered a passion for training. A keen interest in contact lenses prompted her first visit to the BCLA in 1989 and following this she began teaching on contact lens courses for Dispensing Opticians.
In 1994 she was appointed the Boots Tutor practitioner at Aston University. Following career breaks, to travel and to start a family, she returned to work part time. Over the past 14 years she has combined working in practice with teaching in a variety of environments. This has included courses for pre-registration optometrists and teaching as a visiting lecturer in final year undergraduate clinics at Aston University. She is an experienced College Examiner and Assessor.
Louise has been a faculty member at THE VISION CARE INSTITUTE® since 2010 and loves a multitude of things about the institute from the environment and faculty to meeting new delegates and continuing to develop her own clinical expertise. Her special interests are contact lenses, anterior eye health and helping to educate the next generation of optometrists to ensure they achieve high standards of patient care.
Mr Damian Lake is a consultant ophthalmologist with expertise in corneal surgery, cataract surgery, specialist intraocular lenses and laser vision correction. He is the lead Corneal Consultant at The Corneo Plastic Unit and medical advisor to the Eye Bank at The Queen Victoria Hospital He has also completed Cornea and Anterior Segment Fellowships at Moorfields Eye Unit and St Georges Hospital.
He lectures internationally on his specialist interests and reviews in major international journals. He has published numerous research articles on corneal conditions. Read an article on treatments for hyperopia here: http://bmctoday.net/ His other areas of expertise include Keratoconus treatments, stem cell grafts and dry eye.
Damian has been a faculty member at THE VISION CARE INSTITUTE® since 2014. He likes the opportunity to meet optometrists and interact in a mutually learning environment, providing up-to-date educational material to benefit patients in the community. His special interests include external diseases and dry eye, corneal transplants, anterior segment reconstructions, refractive surgery and multifocal and accommodative lenses.
Colin is an Optometrist in an independent practice in Lewes, East Sussex. He graduated from Aston University in 1987 before becoming a Pre-Registration supervisor and then a College Examiner in 1999.
Colin is currently very involved with the College of Optometrists Scheme for Registration through his roles as a Senior Assessor and OSCE Examiner. He also sits on the College of Optometrists Research Committee, www.college-optometrists.org/ and is a Trustee of the College. Colin is an active member of East Sussex Local Optical Committee http://www.eastsussexloc.org.uk and successfully completed the College Diploma in Therapeutics for Independent Prescribing in 2011. He was awarded Fellowship by portfolio in 2013.
Colin has been a faculty member at THE VISION CARE INSTITUTE® since June 2010 and loves the inspiring environment with the range of equipment available. He particularly enjoys being able to share thoughts and experiences with other eye care practitioners and always takes away something new from every course. His special interests in eye care include Independent Prescribing and managing patients in practice with acute eye problems, contact lenses and dry eye assessments alongside OCT having recently acquired an OCT in practice.
Clair graduated from Cardiff University and after completing her Pre-Registration year with Boots Opticians she qualified in 1999. After qualification Clair undertook a variety of roles within the company including practice management, supervision of numerous pre-registration students and Senior Optometrist which involved her working in a range of different sized practices including Laser clinics.
Throughout the years Clair has spent some time at Cardiff University supervising student clinics and currently works as an assessor and examiner for the College of Optometrists, alongside part time optometry practice.
She has been a faculty member of THE VISION CARE INSTITUTE® since 2006 and loves the interactive, open and honest discussions with peers. She never fails to take away something herself from each of the courses she helps to deliver. Her special interests in eye care are anything and everything; as Clair says ‘gone are the days when we were solely a ‘spectacle’ profession – we have so much more to offer!’
Catherine holds an MSc in Optometry from the University of Bradford and is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, following successful completion of her Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice.
She is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Bradford, where she has worked since 2003. Her teaching responsibilities at the university currently include module leadership of the Professional, Legal and Ethical Studies Module, supervision of Paediatric and Primary Care Clinics and the teaching of clinical skills.
Prior to her appointment to the University of Bradford, Catherine held a number of posts with Boots Opticians. These included Tutor Practitioner at UMIST, Senior Optometrist and Practice Manager. She has also undertaken locum work in independent practice.
Catherine regularly contributes to Continuing Education and Training events, both as a speaker and as a workshop facilitator. She is a College Examiner and Assessor, and is involved in providing pre-registration training on a free-lance basis. Catherine is a member of the General Optical Council’s Hearings Panel, sitting on Fitness to Practice cases.
Catherine has been a faculty member at THE VISION CARE INSTITUTE® since 2010 and enjoys the opportunity to work in a centre with top class facilities and with great colleagues. In her words, she leaves 'having learnt something new each time'. She specifically enjoys making a difference to trainees' OSCE revision. Her special interests are teaching the next generation of optometrists, understanding the Professional, Legal and Ethical aspects of the profession as well as working with patients in a paediatric setting.
Ashok Chowdhury graduated from Aston University in 1988 and qualified as an Optometrist in 1989. Since then he has worked in high street multiple practice both in the UK and Australia. Ashok has been a College of Optometrists Supervisor and contributed to the formation of the Pre-Registration program for Optometrists at Vision Express.
Ashok is currently a full time Clinical Instructor at Aston University, which he started on a sessional basis in 1999. In 2001 he became a College of Optometrists Examiner and he regularly teaches on pre-registration courses.
Ash has been a faculty member at THE VISION CARE INSTITUTE® since June 2010 and enjoys being able to work in a great environment with peaceful surroundings. His special interests are in eye care are red eye, clinical tutoring at the University and College examining