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.

Module Leader - OPT025 & OPT026

Aisling O'Donovan

Module Leader - OPT025 & OPT026

Aisling O'Donovan

Aisling is an optometrist living in Gloucestershire. Following a degree at Cardiff University, she qualified in 2005 and began her career as a hospital optometrist. Aisling took a career break in 2009 to travel the world and on her return applied for a post as a specialist optometrist at Gloucestershire NHS FoundationTrust.

At the Trust she now works in Glaucoma Shared Care, neovascular AMD, post-op clinics, joint optometry-orthoptic clinics and specialist paediatric clinics. Aisling also works one day a week in a community practice in Gloucester city and is currently studying for the Independent Prescribing Qualification. She is also an external module leader for the WOPEC masters course based at Cardiff University.

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Module Leader - OPT010

Alex Paulus

Module Leader - OPT010

Alex Paulus

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Module Leader - OPT031, OPT034, OPT035 and OPT036

Angela Whitaker

Module Leader - OPT031, OPT034, OPT035 and OPT036

Angela Whitaker

Angela Whitaker graduated from City University and did her pre-registration training at Bristol Eye Hospital where she has worked as a shared care optometrist in medical ophthalmology clinics since 2002.  Her clinical specialties include glaucoma, eye casualty and medical retina, and additionally she has spent many years working part time in community optometric practice.  Angela’s contribution to optometric teaching and education has included undergraduate supervision and lecturing, pre-registration assessing, and advanced clinical practice training and examining.  She is also an experienced distance learning student, having studied for many years to achieve educationalist and advanced clinical practice qualifications.  Lately she has taken on roles as Chair of the College’s medical retina and glaucoma higher qualifications panels, as well as putting together and leading the OPT020 MSc module in Clinical Teaching at WOPEC.

Module Leader - OPT025

Ben Phipps

Module Leader - OPT025

Ben Phipps

After undergraduate studies at Aston University (1993-96), Ben completed his pre-registration at Oxford Eye Hospital and became a senior optometrist there in 2003. He continued studying at Manchester University and obtained an MSc in Ophthalmology and Vision Science. 

Ben currently works at the Bristol Eye Hospital as a glaucoma shared care optometrist and is the clinical lead in medical retina for the optometry department.  There are 18 optometrists working in the sub-speciality department, all of whom have been through the training and validation programme that Ben set up in 2010. 

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Assessor

Bushra Thajudeen

Assessor

Bushra Thajudeen

Module Leader - OPT021

Gill Brabner

Module Leader - OPT021

Gill Brabner

Gill joined the Local Optical Committee Support Unit in 2010 as Director of Education and Training with the specific task to establish the LOCSU Leadership Module, now in its 4th year as part of the WOPEC MSc programme.  Gill continues to work for LOCSU as their Learning and Development Consultant and recent work includes the Peer Discussion Facilitator training days accredited by the College and ABDO, developing online training modules for LOC officers and supporting the National Optical Conference, an annual event for Local Optical Committees.

Module Leader - OPT014

Heiko Pult

Module Leader - OPT014

Heiko Pult

Heiko Pult is an Optometrist with around 20 year’s experience in clinical practice and research. He is CEO of the clinical practice 'Horst Riede GmbH' in Weinheim, Germany and additionally, an independent consultant and researcher at Dr. Heiko Pult – Optometry and Vision Research, Weinheim, Germany.

Heiko is Honorary Research Fellow at School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, Cardiff University, lecturer at WOPEC - modules include OPT014, and Academic Fellow at Aston University, Birmingham.

He is an author of numerous international publications and articles. Heiko's interests are cornea, contact lenses, dry eye, tear film and vision. 

Module Leader - OPT021

Jane Gray

Module Leader - OPT021

Jane Gray

Jane graduated from Aston University in 1984 and then worked for a number of years in Devon, Dorset and Somerset before relocating to East Yorkshire in 1991, where she has worked within the multiple and independent sector.

Since 2003 Jane has taken an active role within the East Yorks LOC as the Clinical Governance lead, providing training for both professional and support staff and as Clinical assessor during GOS contract compliance, also as the Clinical and Performance Lead for the LOC Company. Jane is a trained coach and facilitator, providing the facilitator training for the College of Optometrists and LOCSU ILM Coaching qualification.  Jane has continued her studying by completing the PG Certificate in Eye Care Governance, teaching module and is now studying Public Health.

Jane also works at Goole Hospital in the general clinics and has recently taken over a practice in Anlaby. When she has any spare time Jane likes to practice yoga, meditate and listen to music

Module Leader - OPT025

Kate Powell

Module Leader - OPT025

Kate Powell

Miss Kate Powell McOptom, DipOC, DipGlau, DipTp(AS), DipTp(SP), DipTp(IP), Prof Cert Med Ret

Kate Powell co leads the MSc Medical Retina Module provided by WOPEC leading on diabetic eye disease and is the Optometric Education and Research lead at Bristol Eye Hospital (BEH) where she has worked for over 20 years. Experienced across a range of specialities, she has a sub-speciality interest in medical retina care and works within the dynamic multi-disciplinary Medical Retina team at BEH . For many years she has been closely involved in the Bristol and Weston Diabetic Eye Screening Programme and is particularly passionate about increasing the understanding and knowledge of optometrists in the care of patients with diabetes.

Module Leader - OPT001, OPT002, OPT029 and OPT030

Marek Karas

Module Leader - OPT001, OPT002, OPT029 and OPT030

Marek Karas

Marek qualified as an Optometrist in 1993. He trained at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London where he continued to work as a senior staff member involved in a wide range of clinical, research and teaching work until 1998. He joined the Royal National Institute for the Blind in the same year, where he worked in a number of roles including Deputy Head of the Low Vision and Eye Health Team and Clinical Lead at the Judd Street Low Vision Centre. He left his last RNIB post as Senior Optometric Advisor in 2009.

He now works part-time in practice and is a tutor and assessor at the Wales Optometry Post Graduate Education Centre (Cardiff University) and a regular contributor to post graduate courses at Institute of Education and the International Centre for Eye Health.

Module Leader - OPT006, OPT007, OPT033 and OPT037

Margaret Woodhouse

Module Leader - OPT006, OPT007, OPT033 and OPT037

Margaret Woodhouse

Maggie specialises in vision in children with special needs, vision in infants and vision testing in patients with disabilities.

She has been a member of the Academic Staff at Cardiff for many years. Maggie is a qualified Optometrist and runs a Special Assessment Clinic which offers Optometric Services to infants and young children, and to patients of all ages with special needs, including profound learning disabilities. This is currently the only clinic of its kind in England and Wales. Maggie is part of the team teaching eye care in special needs at undergraduate level, and also leads the newly released Paediatric module and the Eye Care in People with Learning Disabilities module here in WOPEC, part of the postgraduate awards.

Maggie's work has been recognised with an OBE in the 2014 Birthday Honours List, and a Lifetime Achievement Award in the 2015 Association of Optical Practitioners Awards.

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Module Leader - OPT027

Mario Saldanha

Module Leader - OPT027

Mario Saldanha

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Assessor

Mike George

Assessor

Mike George

Module Leader - OPT024

Nita Odedra

Module Leader - OPT024

Nita Odedra

Nita is a qualified optometrist with 19 years of experience in the UK and abroad. She also holds a Master's in Public Health for Eye Care and has used her skills in planning and delivering eye care programmes.

Currently, she works as a senior optometrist in Leicester Royal Infirmary and her areas of special interest are glaucoma and paediatric eye care. She is a module leader for the new Ophthalmic Public Health module and assists in the delivery of Glaucoma modules. She hopes to continue making a contribution in reducing preventable sight loss in the UK and abroad.

Module Leader - OPT013

Peter Hampson

Module Leader - OPT013

Peter Hampson

Peter is an optometrist and director of an independent practice. He is secretary of his local LOC and a director of the AOP.  He does some work with the AOP legal department performing performance assessments and providing member advice. He is also the AOP lead on the Information and IT committee.  He is a post graduate researcher at Aston University with an interest in Bayesian theory.

Module Leader

Rachel North

Module Leader

Rachel North

Rachel is currently the module leader for Eyecare in Diabetes. Her research interests include:

  • Diabetes and its ocular complications
  • Glaucoma
  • Vision and falls in the elderly
  • Retinal function in cystic fibrosis

 

Module Leader - OPT014

Teifi James

Module Leader - OPT014

Teifi James

Teifi is a consultant ophthalmic surgeon practicing in Yorkshire. He trained at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington (London University) qualifying in 1983 before working in Windsor for 3 years with Jack Kanski. In 1993 he became the youngest ever council member of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

Teifi specialises in the management of uveitis and scleritis, caring for over 1200 of these patients. He also has a general ophthalmology practice and has performed about twelve thousand cataract operations including over five hundred procedures in uveitic eyes. In 2004 Teifi set up the EyeBag Company, which he runs alongside his clinical practice. Over the last decade he has lectured extensively on Meibomian Gland Dysfunction; the tear film and the ocular surface.

Module Leader - OPT013 and OPT016

Trevor Warburton

Module Leader - OPT013 and OPT016

Trevor Warburton

Trevor has been a self-employed optometrist in independent practice since 1979. He has been Stockport LOC chairman since April 1994 which has enabled him to be involved in the development and introduction of several optometric enhanced service schemes in Stockport, covering diabetic retinopathy screening (the original slbio), pre- and post-operative cataract schemes, IOP repeats and a children’s cycloplegic refraction scheme.  

He is currently lead optometrist for the South Manchester diabetic retinopathy screening service, which is one of the largest optometry-based screening services in the country.

Trevor has a keen interest in continuing education and has organised numerous education evenings for local optometrists. He has given many lectures in the UK and overseas, with particular interests being record keeping, digital fundus imaging and diabetic retinopathy screening.

In 1994 he was elected as the Association of Optometrists’ representative for Manchester and in May 2002 was elected to the Board of Directors, and chaired the Association’s Professional Services Committee from May 2002 to May 2006. Trevor sat as the elected Chairman of the AOP for two years. In June 2008, he was appointed as part-time Clinical Advisor to the AOP Legal Department.