Research Training Fellow
I qualified as an orthoptist in 1995 and worked clinically before my appointment as an orthoptic lecturer at the University of Liverpool in 1999. My main area of research is vision and ageing and specifically exploring the impact of visual impairment on falls and fear of falling. I was awarded a research training fellowship from the Dunhill Medical Trust to pursue this area of research in 2016. I am a member of the British and Irish Orthoptic Society and am currently negotiating the development of a special interest group looking at falls in the elderly and have also been working in a team to develop the ‘Bedside Vision Check Tool’ to prevent falls on the ward.
During my time at the University, I have been involved in the delivery of the undergraduate BSc(Hons) Orthoptics programme, postgraduate Masters level modules as well as CPD on the ‘Ophthalmic care of patients with special education needs’. My previous research experience has involved evaluating clinical issues; studying ocular symptoms affecting visual display unit users, evaluating the effect of a surgical procedure (macular translocation) for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) on ocular motility and binocular vision and appraising the use of a clinical measurement (accommodative facility) in people with ocular symptoms. I have also been involved in a qualitative study which explored the long term access to support for people with sight loss.