Faculty

As you’ll discover, THE VISION CARE INSTITUTE® is equipped with impressive facilities and cutting-edge technology. But these would be of little value without the knowledge, talent and enthusiasm of our experienced Faculty, many of whom are recognised experts in their field.Learn more about our Faculty members and their interests, simply click on their name or photo.

             
Faculty

Faculty

As you’ll discover, THE VISION CARE INSTITUTE® is equipped with impressive facilities and cutting-edge technology. But these would be of little value without the knowledge, talent and enthusiasm of our experienced Faculty, many of whom are recognised experts in their field.Learn more about our Faculty members and their interests, simply click on their name or photo.

Theresa Cox Theresa Cox BSc (Hons) MCOptom
Stephen Freeman Stephen Freeman BSc(Hons) MCOptom FBDO(Hons) Cert.Ed.
Simon Donne Simon Donne BSc MCOptom
Sarah Morgan Sarah Morgan MSc FCOptom
Ruth Gregory Ruth Gregory MSc FCOptom
Ros Mussa Ros Mussa FBDOCL
Robin Reid Robin Reid FBDO (Hons) C.L.
Rachel Hiscox Rachel Hiscox PhD BSc (Hons) MCOptom
Pretticia Desai Pretticia Desai BSc (Hons) MCOptom
Philippa Shaw Philippa Shaw BSc (Hons) MCOptom
Peter Frampton Peter Frampton MSc FCOptom, BAppSc (Optom)(AUS), DipTp(AS) DipTp(SP) DipTp(IP)
Peter Charlesworth Peter Charlesworth MSc MCOptom
Paula Baines Paula Baines FADO(Hons)CL SMC(Disp) Cert ED
Neil Retallic Neil Retallic BSc (Hons) MCOptom
Michelle Hanratty Michelle Hanratty BSc (Hons) MCOptom
Mandy Davidson Mandy Davidson BSc (Hons) MCOptom
Louise Munns Louise Munns BSc (Hons) MCOptom
Kiki Soteri Kiki Soteri MSc BSc (Hons) MCOptom DipTp(IP)
Kevin Liu Kevin Liu MOptom (Hons) MCOptom
Keval Sejpar Keval Sejpar BSc (Hons) MCOptom
David Spicer David Spicer BSc MCOptom
Damian Lake Damian Lake MB ChB(Glas) FRCOphth
Colin Davidson Colin Davidson BSc (Hons) FCOptom DipTp(IP)
Clair Bulpin Clair Bulpin BSc MCOptom
Christine Purslow Christine Purslow PhD BSc MCOptom
Christine Edwards Christine Edwards BSc MCOptom
Catherine Viner Catherine Viner MSc MCOptom
Ashok Chowdhury Ashok Chowdhury BSc MCOptom
Andy Cole Andy Cole
Theresa Cox

Theresa Cox BSc (Hons) MCOptom

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 Freeman

Stephen Freeman BSc(Hons) MCOptom FBDO(Hons) Cert.Ed.

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 Donne

Simon Donne BSc MCOptom

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.

Sarah Morgan

Sarah Morgan MSc FCOptom

Sarah is an optometrist and staff development consultant. She has worked in a variety of independent and multiple practices, which led to her passion for training. At the University of Manchester she is involved in undergraduate teaching across all three years of the optometry program and holds the post of Vision Sciences Fellow.

With expertise in the field of effective patient communication, she has trained hundreds of staff in her tailored interactive seminars for front-line staff, dispensing opticians, optometrists and colleagues from industry. Her second book, 'The Complete Optometric Assistant', is a ready-to-use training aid, packed with the everyday information essential to all practice staff.

She has lectured extensively at conferences in Europe, North America, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Sarah is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and is a Fellow, past Council member and PR officer of the British Contact Lens Association.

In her spare time, Sarah enjoys playing the piano, singing and musical theatre. She is also a professional actress and comedienne. Her YouTube video is where her love of eyes fuses with musical comedy and 'The Presbyopia Song' was written and performed by Sarah. Watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxZ8IjdpzDg

Sarah has been a faculty member at THE VISION CARE INSTITUTE® since 2009 and enjoys meeting fellow eye care professionals. Her special interest is how we as practitioners communicate our advice to patients.

Ruth Gregory

Ruth Gregory MSc FCOptom

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.

Ros Mussa

Ros Mussa FBDOCL

Ros qualified as a Dispensing Optician from City and East London College. She currently works as a Contact Lens Optician in the centre of London. Her previous role working for a large multiple group involved supervising a pre-registration Contact Lens Optician Optician with two pre-registration Contact Lens Opticians awaiting their training. She was also responsible for mentoring and supporting newly qualified and established Optometrists and Contact Lens Opticians on contact lens and anterior eye knowledge. Her role was also based around business and commercial development of contact lenses in the central London region all the while working in clinic herself. In addition to work in practice, Ros teaches at City University, within the third year contact lens clinics.

Ros is an accredited peer review facilitator and believes strongly that without education professional development and THE VISION CARE INSTITUTE® synergise perfectly with her ethos! In 2013 Ros was shortlisted within the Contact Lens practitioner of the year category at the both the Optician and the AOP awards and was again shortlisted for the same category in the 2014 Optician awards.

Ros has been a faculty member at THE VISION CARE INSTITUTE® since September 2008 and feels that through this work she has become a better practitioner by being able to learn from both other faculty members and the delegates themselves. She believes it’s a true sharing of best practice and ideas. Her special interests in eye care are communication, education and clinical excellence. In her words ‘only by striving to be a clinical expert can we hope to be commercial yet ethical’.

Robin Reid

Robin Reid FBDO (Hons) C.L.

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.

Rachel Hiscox

Rachel Hiscox PhD BSc (Hons) MCOptom

Rachel currently works as a Clinical Affairs Specialist for Topcon, responsible for providing clinical support and education to Topcon customers. She has clinical experience in both hospital optometry and private practice.

Rachel recently gained a PhD from Cardiff University School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, investigating the retina in cystic fibrosis through dark adaptation and OCT. Read more about this here: http://www.optometry.co.uk. Whilst working as a postgraduate researcher, Rachel taught in many of the undergraduate clinics and also found time to continue work in practice at the weekends.

Rachel has been a faculty member at THE VISION CARE INSTITUTE® since 2013 and enjoys meeting practitioners who are passionate about providing excellent clinical care, and helping to further educate them on how they can improve their skills. Her interests are specialist contact lenses and use of OCT in practice.

Pretticia Desai

Pretticia Desai BSc (Hons) MCOptom

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 Shaw

Philippa Shaw BSc (Hons) MCOptom

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 Frampton

Peter Frampton MSc FCOptom, BAppSc (Optom)(AUS), DipTp(AS) DipTp(SP) DipTp(IP)

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.

Peter Charlesworth

Peter Charlesworth MSc MCOptom

Peter is an Optometrist and Managing Director of Perceptive (previously known as Replay Learning). He is a former examiner and councilor of the College of Optometrists, a member of the GOC's fitness to practice committee and holds an MSc in Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Science from the University of Manchester.

Peter was a Boots Opticians Tutor Practitioner at the University of Bradford for seven years. His duties there included teaching the Law and Management module to final year students and a clinical investigative techniques module to the second year. Peter has worked in many types of optometric practice from high street to hospital.

Peter has been a faculty member at THE VISION CARE INSTITUTE® for five years since it opened in Pinewood and enjoys the fact that even as a ‘tutor’ he learns something new from every course. His special interests in eye care stem from his role on the GOC fitness to practice panel and he is very keen to keep standards of record keeping and clinical care high for the benefit of both patients and practitioners.

Paula Baines

Paula Baines FADO(Hons)CL SMC(Disp) Cert ED

Paula qualified as a Dispensing Optician in the seventies and went on to gain her contact lens qualification. Since then she has been a Practice Manager, worked in hospital clinics, independents, multiples and lectured in contact lens practice.

Paula currently works as part of the Professional Services Team at Vision Express where she runs the selection, development and training programs for student Dispensing and Contact Lens Opticians. She also organises and delivers contact lens training for Pre-Registration optometrists and qualified staff. As part of the professional services department, Paula also provides advice to the business on regulatory and legal issues having successfully completed a WOPEC module on the Legal Aspects of UK Optometry.

Paula has been a Contact lens and Dispensing examiner for ABDO for over 15 years, and gained her Certificate in Education in 2006. She has recently been appointed as a GOC panel visitor for the Optometry and Contact Lens courses as well as facilitating on peer review events.

Paula has been a faculty member of THE VISION CARE INSTITUTE® since 2006 and loves being able to meet new people, share ideas and loves the integration with delegates and facilitators. Her special interests in eye care include contact lenses alongside her passion to deliver the highest level of customer service.

Neil Retallic

Neil Retallic BSc (Hons) MCOptom

Neil is currently the Optometry Development Manager for Vision Express. He is responsible for the pre-registration optometrist support program and involved in the development and delivery of the Vision Express CET courses.

He regularly works in practice and acts as an Optometry Teaching Fellow for the University of Manchester. He is the joint contact lens clinic lead and currently supervises both final year contact lens and further investigative technique optometry clinics. He has taught in various optometry clinics across all years of the Undergraduate and Masters of Optometry program. Previously he worked as a clinic supervisor at the University of Bradford.

Neil is a committee member of the British University of Contact Lens Educators (BUCCLE) and the Optical Federation Education Committee. He is also a council member for the College of Optometrists and a LOC Committee Member. In addition, he is a Career in Optics Ambassador and has recently become an accredited peer review facilitator. Neil is currently studying for a postgraduate qualification with WOPEC. Neil has been a faculty member at THE VISION CARE INSTITUTE® since 2012 and enjoys meeting delegates and supporting them in a fantastic learning environment. In his words, 'the equipment available and combination of lecture theatre, consultation and break out rooms mean a diverse range of interactive teaching styles are possible, making the courses fun and interesting to be a part of'. His special interests are the clinical aspects of contact lens teaching, legal aspects of optometry and creating professional development programs.

Michelle Hanratty

Michelle Hanratty BSc (Hons) MCOptom

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 Davidson

Mandy Davidson BSc (Hons) MCOptom

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 Munns

Louise Munns BSc (Hons) MCOptom

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.

Kiki Soteri

Kiki Soteri MSc BSc (Hons) MCOptom DipTp(IP)

Kiki graduated from City University in 1995 and undertook her pre-registration training at Ipswich Hospital. Following qualification she worked for Professor Bruce Evans at his independent practice in Brentwood for 5 years developing her experience in paediatric eye care, tear film and ocular surface disorders and contact lenses. In 2000 she founded a London based, high street independent optometry practice having a clinical and directorial role until 2006 when the practice was sold. In 2007 she was awarded a distinction for her Masters in Clinical Optometry and in 2011 qualified as Independent Prescriber with the College of Optometrists.

Over the last two decades Kiki has had a variety of professional experiences in a broad range of settings, including work in a range of independents, multiples, supermarkets, hospitals, public speaking, teaching, council and committee roles. Since 2011 she has also been employed as a Lecturer in Optometry at Plymouth University.

Kiki has been a faculty member at THE VISION CARE INSTITUTE® since 2014 and enjoys being able to work and share ideas with fellow professionals. Her special interests in eye care include therapeutic management of anterior eye conditions, communication, paediatric eye care, visual perception, clinical case management and business aspects of optometry.

Kevin Liu

Kevin Liu MOptom (Hons) MCOptom

Kevin started his career as a secondary school teacher in science and chemistry before retraining as an optometrist. He qualified in 2006 with a Masters of Optometry from the University of Manchester. Since then, Kevin has worked in a variety of independent and multiple practices and held a teaching focused lecturer role in Optometry at the University of Manchester,

In his current role as Head of Optometry Development for Specsavers, Kevin is involved in training and development initiatives for optometrists at all levels. He continues to work in practice and is a College of Optometrists examiner.

Kevin has been a faculty member at THE VISION CARE INSTITUTE® for 3 years and enjoys having the opportunity to work within the state of the art teaching facility and the highly engaging and interactive education programs available. He particularly enjoys being able to work and meet practitioners from a range of backgrounds. His special interests in eye care include communication, clinical skills training, Pre-registration and Newly Qualified support alongside professional standards and coaching.

Keval Sejpar

Keval Sejpar BSc (Hons) MCOptom

Keval is an optometrist based in the South of England. He graduated from City University in 2009 and completed his pre-registration period with Dollond & Aitchison the following year. Having spent several years practicing as a locum optometrist, gaining experience in a wide range of optometric practices from multiples to independents, he now owns an independent practice in Devon.

Keval has been a faculty member at THE VISION CARE INSTITUTE® since 2011 and enjoys the interaction with people from different areas of the profession – faculty and delegates alike. In his words, 'the positive reaction we get from delegates at the end of a course - knowing that we have inspired others to try something new - is very rewarding.' His special interest lies in independent, patient focused optics. He is en-route to achieving his independent prescribing qualification, and looks forward to implementing it alongside OCT and complex contact lens fitting in his own practice.

David Spicer

David Spicer BSc MCOptom

David graduated from The City University in 1981, completing his professional training in private practice in Oxford in 1982. In addition to private practice, David worked at the Oxford Eye Hospital for four years fitting specialist Contact Lenses including keratoconic, aphakic and post-graft. Since 1989, David and his wife, who is also an optometrist, have co-owned a successful independent Optometry practice on the outskirts of Oxford.

For over 20 years David has been an active member of Oxfordshire Local Optometric Committee, including spells as Chairman and attending several National Optometric Conferences on their behalf. David also helped to steer the introduction of a Diabetic Retinopathy Screening scheme involving local optometrists From 2006 to 2012 David worked part-time as a Professional Affairs Consultant for Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, which allowed him to connect with other Eye Care Practitioners on a one-to-one basis.

David has been a faculty member at THE VISION CARE INSTITUTE® since 2007 and enjoys having the opportunity to share his experiences of a long career in Optics with colleagues - young and not-so-young! His special interests in eye care include communication skills and how we are able to use these alongside our imagination to offer things to our patients they may have not even considered but will enhance their quality of life.

Damian Lake

Damian Lake MB ChB(Glas) FRCOphth

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 Davidson

Colin Davidson BSc (Hons) FCOptom DipTp(IP)

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 Bulpin

Clair Bulpin BSc MCOptom

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!’

Christine Purslow

Christine Purslow PhD BSc MCOptom

Chris started her optometry career in hospital before taking on a variety of clinical roles including private practice, part-time teaching and specialist contact lens and low vision practice. She embarked on her academic chapter of her career in 2001 being awarded her PhD from Aston University in 2005.

Chris is a member of the College of Optometrists (UK), a Fellow of both the IACLE and the BCLA and a recipient of the Irving Fatt Memorial Award for her work in anterior eye research. She has authored numerous scientific papers and professional articles and presents regularly to both national and international audiences, generally on dry eye, tear film and contact lenses.

For several years, Chris was a senior lecturer and researcher in the School of Optometry & Vision Sciences at Cardiff University working as Co-Director of the Contact Lens & Anterior Eye Research Unit (CLAER), alongside her clinical work. Chris has also been the Director of Postgraduate Taught Courses within WOPEC (Wales Optometry Postgraduate Education Centre) based at Cardiff University. Her most recent academic role was Professor and Head of Optometry at Plymouth University, the newest Optometry program in the UK. In 2013, she was appointed Head of Medical Affairs for Spectrum Thea (UK) which she continues alongside research at Cardiff University.

Chris has been a faculty member at THE VISION CARE INSTITUTE® since the conception of the dry eye course in 2011 and enjoys being able to meet other eye care practitioners and the realisation that we all share the same challenges. Her special interests in eye care are contact lenses, tear film and ocular surface; as Chris says ‘without a healthy ocular surface and tear film, the rest becomes slightly irrelevant (but then I’m biased!)’.

Christine Edwards

Christine Edwards BSc MCOptom

Christine graduated in the early 1980s from City University with a First Class Honours degree and founded her independent practice in 1986 which she ran successfully for 20 years. Since selling the practice Christine has worked as an Optometrist in independent, multiple and laser practices as well as in clinical research at Bristol Eye Hospital. Christine has always been passionate about contact lenses having experience in fitting cosmetic, keratoconic, aphakic, Ortho K and post corneal graft contact lenses.

Christine is currently a member of the General Optical Council Standards Committee, an accredited Peer Review Facilitator and is Interim Chair for the Eye Health Local Professional Network in Bristol, North Somerset, Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSSG).

Christine has been a faculty member at THE VISION CARE INSTITUTE® since January 2013 and enjoys being part of an enthusiastic team delivering innovative courses and being able to meet a range of eye care practitioners. Her special interests in eye care include the range of enhanced services optometrists can deliver such as PEARS, OHT monitoring and glaucoma repeat measures alongside developing pathways in conjunction with the CCG commissioners.

Catherine Viner

Catherine Viner MSc MCOptom

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

Ashok Chowdhury BSc MCOptom

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

Andy Cole

Andy Cole

Andy is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and Member of the Association of Business Psychologists. He is a training professional in the corporate and healthcare sector. As Head of Learning & Development for Dollond & Aitchison, he ran their training academy, which took responsibility for Optical Advisor, Retail Management and Product Training. He has also held senior HR roles within the entertainment sector and now consults in leadership & management development.

Andy is a subject matter expert in Hogan Assessments  and other business psychometrics. He combines this expertise with his interest in effective patient communication and has trained Eye Care Professionals in this subject area for many years. Andy also works as a volunteer for an eye care charity    Vision Care for Homeless People and runs a community interest company that donates income to these worthy causes.

Andy has been a faculty member at THE VISION CARE INSTITUTE® since 2010 and his special interest is patient-clinical communication.
 

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