About

The School of Optometry and Vision Sciences at Cardiff University is recognised as a centre of excellence for teaching and research across the world. For over 80 years we have been committed to maintaining an outstanding teaching and learning experience for all our students, the very best research and excellent links with industry and the wider public. WOPEC remains the only dedicated postgraduate education centre in the world that aims to cater for all the learning needs of eye care professionals. We have more than 12,500 individuals registered to learn with us. 

Our objective is to ensure the provision of excellent education and training for optometrists and other eye care practitioners, and to produce a workforce of professionals who are able to deliver the highest quality of care to their patients.

Since its inception, WOPEC has attracted business in England (from Local Optical Committees, Commissioning Groups and the LOC Support Unit) and it has developed a portfolio of popular practical skills based courses. This is in addition to our core role in providing training and assessment for approximately 700 primary care optometrists in Wales who provide the Wales Eye Care Service.

Our learning programmes of Certificates, Higher Certificates, Diplomas and MSc in Clinical Optometry have been developed to allow students to enhance their skills and knowledge in key areas, with the opportunity to obtain quality postgraduate qualifications in a flexible and supportive environment. A wide range of modules are available to study with many including practical training. Find out more by visiting our postgraduate taught website

Dr Nik Sheen is Director of WOPEC

Dr Barbara Ryan is Director of Postgraduate Teaching

Who we are

WOPEC. We have a dedicated team of outstanding people working in WOPEC.

LOCSU. Lead Assessors are trained and accredited by WOPEC. They organise and manage local events and assessments for optometrists throughout the UK. For example, Minor Eye Conditions Services (MECS) and glaucoma assessments.

WECI. Wales Eye Care Tutors provide regional and Wales-wide training and accreditation as part of Welsh Government's education for Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians practicing in Wales.

PGT. WOPEC has an extensive postgraduate taught programme of study. Each module has a Leader who is an expert in their field of study.

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Andrew Dagnall

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Andrew Dagnall

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Bhavina Patel

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Bhavina Patel

Bhavina studied optometry at Aston University and has over 15 years of experience in both the multiple and independent sector. She is clinical lead, information governance lead and holds a senior management position within a small chain of independent practices.  She is a member of the Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham LOC and is the Clinical Governance and Performance Lead for Primary Ophthalmic Solutions, providing local community optometric services such as Minor Eye Conditions, Glaucoma Referral Refinement, Glaucoma Repeat Readings and Cataract Referral Refinement.  As an accredited facilitator and CET provider, she has written and run numerous CET events, lectures, workshops and peer discussions for fellow optometrists, dispensing opticians, GPs and young doctors.  With a keen interest in acute eye conditions and glaucoma, she is working towards her diploma in independent prescribing and in glaucoma and has obtained her professional certificate in glaucoma.

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Chris Newall

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Chris Newall

Originally from Dover, Chris studied Optometry at Aston and graduated in 1990. He has worked at Newcastle General Hospital and The Eye Clinic (Newcastle and Manchester) where he undertook Pre-op and Post-op laser refractive surgery consultations.

Currently Director of Specsavers in Bridport, Chris enjoys general practice and diabetic retinal screening both photographic and Slit lamp biomicroscopy (undertaken at Bridport, Dorchester, Weymouth and Swanage). Chris has been a member of Dorset LOC and is currently the Chair.  He is LOCSU Optical lead for the South and also a member of Specsavers Professional Leadership Committee.

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Clare O'Donnell

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Clare O'Donnell

Clare O’Donnell studied optometry at Glasgow and subsequently  gained a PhD and an MBA from Manchester. She has over 20 years clinical and academic experience and is currently Head of Eye Sciences at Optegra Eye Healthcare. In this capacity she is responsible for the management of Optegra’s education, research and development programmes. She also holds academic posts at Aston University (Reader) and at The University of Manchester (Honorary Senior Lecturer). Clare is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, Fellow of the British Contact Lens Association and past Chair of the Northern Optometric Society. Clare has given invited seminars and lectures at meetings and conferences internationally, she has co-authored three book chapters and around fifty papers in refereed journals.

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Dan Rosser

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Dan Rosser

Dan graduated from City University in 1992 and spent his pre-registration year at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London. Between 1993 and 2003, he held a senior optometrist post at Moorfields which included ‘extended roles’ within the glaucoma and paediatric services. An interest in visual psychophysics led to a PhD from University College London in 2005 and a series of peer-reviewed publications. Dan is a member of the International Glaucoma Association's Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee, and gained the College of Optometrists Glaucoma in 2013.

Dan has been involved in continuing education for UK optometrists for over 10 years and is currently module leader for two of the four glaucoma modules within Cardiff University’s post-graduate modular MSc programme. He is Principal Optometrist and Head of Department at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital where his clinical interests are glaucoma, low vision, contact lenses, paediatric eye care and medical retina. He continues to work part-time in community optometric practice.

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Daniel Harris

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Daniel Harris

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Divya Sudera

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Divya Sudera

Divya is a locum optometrist in the Birmingham area. Having studied at City University, she gained her professional qualification in 2007. She is currently vice-chair of Sandwell Local Optical Committee and is also a member of Birmingham Local Optical Committee. 

She previously worked with a large multiple opticians in a supervisory role, providing training for pre-registration optometrists. 

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Hayley Moore

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Hayley Moore

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Irinder Khakha

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Irinder Khakha

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Jason Gillan

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Jason Gillan

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Jill Campbell

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Jill Campbell

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Josie Forte

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Josie Forte

Josie graduated from Cardiff in 1997 and started her career in hospital practice. Following on from this, Josie practised briefly in New Zealand before returning to the UK to run her own successful independent practice for several years.  

Currently,  Josie is a joint venture partner in several Specsavers optical and audiology businesses, holds a position of Head of Enhanced Optical Services within the wider Specsavers Group, as well as being a longstanding member of the Devon LOC and visiting lecturer at Plymouth University.

Josie graduated from Aston Univeristy with a Professional Doctorate in 2016.

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Judy Lea

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Judy Lea

I graduated in Optometry ( Ophthalmic Optics) from the University of Bradford in July 1986 and passed my PQES in 1987. I worked for Dollond & Aitchison until February 1991 when I started work for Boots Opticians, who I stayed with until I started my family in 1993, at which point I became a Locum Optometrist, securing regular work at both Specsavers stores & independent Optometrists until February 2003, when I became the Optometrist Director at Specsavers Longton - a role which I enjoy & find has a lot of variety- leading a team of 3 Optometrists, 2 dispensing Opticians a contact lens fitter & 23 suport staff.

I am involved in staff training at all levels from new starters to Optometrists.

I also work one day a week at Royal Stoke University Hospital in the Ophthalmology team- my role involves primarily working alongside the corneal graft surgeon, but I am also used to refract patients with other conditions, including refractions in theatre under a general Anaesthetic for the more complex cases.

I am a Specsavers Heads of Enhanced Optical Services, so responsible for advancement of professionalism within the company. 

I am both a Lead & General Examiner for WOPEC, with my team of General Assessors, I am busy delivering PEARS and Glaucoma OSCE events in and around the North West & Staffordshire.

I have an active role on Staffordshire LOC.

I am a College of Optometrists stage 1 assessor for pre-registration Optometrists.

I help out with training workshops for the practical skills that the Orthoptic students need for their degree qualification.

I have also helped out with training of the photographers & Optometrists involved in Diabetic screening & Grading in Staffordshire and qualified as a CAVA assessor in 2017, so can now assess candidates for the new diabetic qualification.

In my spare time I enjoy getting away to the coast & seeing how many waves I can catch….body boarding rather than surfing though nowadays!

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Kamlesh Gohil

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Kamlesh Gohil

Kamlesh has been a Director of Specsavers Ealing Broadway, West Ealing, Acton & Chiswick and has been a JVP over 23 years. He has been a Pre-reg College Assessor and OCSE examiner since 2005, as well as being an appointment member on the GOC Investigation Committee, a GOC Case Examiner and more recently a member of General Optical Council Fitness to Practice panel.

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Kevin Liu

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Kevin Liu

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Mark McCracken

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Mark McCracken

Together with wife Emily, Ulsterman Mark is the owner of an independent optometry practice in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire.  He has always sought to cultivate his interest in Ocular Therapeutics and was awarded the IP Diploma in 2011.  He is co auditor of the North Staffordshire/Stoke Acute Eye pathway and was elected Joint Vice Chair of Staffordshire LOC in 2012.

When he is not causing insult to pigs’ corneas with molten iron filings, Mark enjoys running, football and live music.

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Matthew Jinkinson

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Matthew Jinkinson

Matthew graduated from Cardiff University in 2006 and works as an optometrist in his family run independent opticians in Stockport.

He is a Chair of Stockport LOC and is the Clinical Governance and Performance Lead for the community services within Stockport which include MECS, Cataract (Pre- & Post-Operative assessment) and Glaucoma Repeat Readings. Matthew is Finance Director of GM Primary Eyecare Ltd, Greater Manchester's regional LOC company which holds contracts with several CCGs to provide multiple services across the region.

Matthew is also a member of the LOCSU Board.

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Mike Dearlove

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Mike Dearlove

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Mike Horler

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Mike Horler

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Nick Hagan

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Nick Hagan

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Nigel Davidson

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Nigel Davidson

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Nizz Sabir

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Nizz Sabir

Nizz graduated from the University of Bradford in 2003. After completing his MCOptom in 2004, he has worked in numerous independent and multiple optometric practices as a locum. He now works in an independent practice and is also an Ophthalmic Public Health advisor for LOCSU.

In 2013, he spoke at the NOC as a keynote speaker and in 2014, delivered a lecture about Ophthalmic Public Health. He is a Director of the LOC Company Primary Eye Care in North Yorkshire and the Humber.

Nizz is an active member of the Rotherham and Barnsley LOC and North and North East Lincolnshire. He has been a lead facilitator organising peer discussions for Rotherham LOC and supported both the College of Optometrists, and the AOP on their road show events. In his spare time Nizz works as a volunteer in local community events and loves the outdoors and travelling.

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Paul Shimell

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Paul Shimell

From Royal Wootton Bassett in Wiltshire, Paul studied Optometry at Bradford University. Before optometry he attended Angela Ruskin and City & City & Islington University’s gaining optical technician, dispensing and contact lens qualifications. Later he then became an international examiner for the Association of British Dispensing Opticians working in Malaysia and India.

Currently Paul is a Director of Specsavers in Marlborough where he enjoys delivering community optometry. He is also a member of the Wiltshire LOC where his key role is the organisation of CET for the members. He writes and delivers training articles for the Specsavers PAC conference.

 

 

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Piyus Tanna

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Piyus Tanna

Piyus is currently an optometrist at large multi practice opticians, clinical assessor at City University and the Hon. Secretary of Northamptonshire LOC. He previously worked for a number of multiples, supervised pre-reg students and managed two independent practices.

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Pritesh Patel

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Pritesh Patel

Pritesh is an Optometrist mainly working in independant practice in South London, and a Specialist Optometrist working for Moorfields Eye Hospital.

As Chair of Lambeth, Southwark, and Lewisham Local Optical Committee, he has been involved in setting up enhanced services pathways (MECS/PEARS, Glaucoma Referral Refinement, and Cataract Refinement) in South London.

He has an interest in Glaucoma and Acute Primary Eye care, and to further these interests is stuying towards a diploma in Independant Prescribing.

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Rakesh Kapoor

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Rakesh Kapoor

Rakesh Kapoor BSc(Hons) MBA FCOptom FBCLA FEAOO

Rakesh has been a Director of Specsavers Wembley and Edgware Town for over 20 years. He is Head of Enhanced Optical Services (EOS) within Specsavers as well a clinical mentor. Other appointments include: Senior Lecturer Aston University, OSCE and Non EEA Examiner College of Optometrist, Optometric Adviser NHS London and WOPEC lead assessor.

Previously GOC fitness to practice panel member and College councillor representing London.

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Richard Hurdley

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Richard Hurdley

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Roisin Carruthers

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Roisin Carruthers

Roisin is a part-time optometrist, currently based in North Hants. She is also a lead assessor for WOPEC, an assessor for the pre-registration year at the College of Optometrists, Honorary Secretary of Hants LOC and clinical governance lead for Hampshire Eyecare.

In her spare time she, she enjoys gardening and is working towards an ILM Coaching and Mentoring qualification.

 

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Ross Campbell

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Ross Campbell

Ross Campbell BSc (Hons) MCOptom Prof Cert Glauc. Prof Cert Med Ret.

Based in the North East of England, Ross graduated from Bradford University in 2007, and has been Ophthalmic Director of Specsavers in Richmond, North Yorkshire since 2008. Ross also works as a consultant to the industry involved in writing for optometry journals, optometry advancement, creating CET training, and presenting at national conferences.

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Satvinder Soomal

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Satvinder Soomal

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Shane Bhimani

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Shane Bhimani

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Steve Thomas

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Steve Thomas

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Tom Mogford

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Tom Mogford

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Vinay Najran

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Vinay Najran

Vinay graduated from Aston University with a degree in Ophthalmic Optics. He achieved his qualifying exams and continued to practice as an optometrist at both resident and self-employed levels for many multiples.

He is accredited for PEARS/EHEW, glaucoma refinement services and has a professional certificate in glaucoma from the College of Optometrists.

In addition, he is the director of a busy multiple practice of 50 staff, committee member for Shropshire LOC and also works within secondary care as a Specialist Optometrist (Glaucoma) in a consultant-led clinic. When he manages to find time away from the world of optics he enjoys skiing and travelling.

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Wasim Sarwar

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Wasim Sarwar

Wasim is the CET Officer for Sandwell LOC and a member of Birmingham LOC. He is part of the team that reformed the Midland Optical Society in 2014, and whose responsibilities include providing free evening CET training to opticians in the West Midlands.

He currently works for a large multiple group of opticians; supervising and training pre-registration optometrists, as well as being a lead facilitator during peer discussions.

Wasim is PEARS/EHEW accredited and specialises in glaucoma refinement services.