Dr Barbara Ryan

Dr Barbara Ryan

Director Postgraduate Taught Programmes and WOPEC Co-Director

School of Optometry and Vision Sciences

Email:
ryanb@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 29208 70233
Fax:
+44 (0)29 2087 4859
Location:
Room 2.45,, Optometry and Vision Sciences, Maindy Road

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Teaching

I am currently Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes; Certificate, Diploma and MSc in Clinical Optometry, a Certificate in Eye Care Governance and a Certificate in Glaucoma.

I am also Module Leader or Tutor on a number of the postgraduate modules; 3 Low Vision Modules, Legal Aspects of UK Optometry, Evidence Based Optometry and Clinical Audit, Study Skills.

Educational and Professional Qualifications

  • Bsc Hons Optometry and Vision Science, City University 1991
  • Membership College of Optometrists 1992
  • PhD Cardiff University 2009

Academic positions

  • 2012 - present  Director, Postgraduate Taught Programme
  • 2009 - 2012 Co-Director, Wales Optometry Postgraduate Optometry Centre
  • 2003 - 2012 Training and Accreditation Manager, Welsh Eye Care Initiative Wales Government/ Cardiff University

Welsh Government positions

  • 2012 - present Chief Optometric Advisor, Welsh Government (seconded from Cardiff University

Previous teaching positions

  • 2001 - 2003 Director of the Low Vision Clinic and Clinical Tutor, Bradford University
  • 1994 - 1996 Clinical Tutor and Visiting Lecturer, Aston University

Community practice

  • 2003 - present Optometrist (0.2 FTE), Monnow Eye Care, Monmouth
  • 2002 - 2003 Optometrist, Bradley and Smith Optometrists, Huddersfield
  • 2001 - 2002 Optometrist, Specsavers, Halifax

Hospital practice

  • 1995 - 2000 Senior Optometrist, Scleral Contact Lens Clinic, Birmingham Midland Eye Centre
  • 1994 - 1996 Head of Optometry Department (Acting), Birmingham Heartlands Hospital
  • 1993 - 1994 Maiduguri Eye Hospital, Nigeria
  • 1992 - 1993 Optometrist, Oxford Eye Hospital
  • 1991 - 1992  Pre- Registration Optometrist, Oxford Eye Hospital

Other positions

  • 2003 - 2012 Clinical Lead,   Welsh Low Vision Service Hywel Dda Health Board/ Cardiff University
  • 1999 - 2001 Head of Low Vision and Eye Health,Royal National Institute for the Blind, London
  • 1998 - 1999  Head of Low Vision,The Royal National Institute for the Blind, London
  • 1996 - 1998 Low Vision Officer, The Royal National Institute for the Blind, London
  • 1995 - 2000 Senior Optometrist, Multi-Disciplinary Low Vision Service, Birmingham Focus

Speaking engagements

Many Continuing Education events for Optometrists.

  • 2011 Invited Lecture, Annual Rural Doctor$acirc;  s Conference, April 2011. Visual impairment in older people.
  • 2011 Invited Lecture, OVN National Optometric Conference, Holland Low Vision in the 21st Century.
  • 2010 Invited Lecture and Chair, International Macular Disease Conference, Serbia. Low Vision Rehabilitation for people with Macular Disease.
  • 2010 Invited Lecture, National Optometry Conference, London Nov 2010. Postgraduate Optometry Education: Why? What? Who? and How?
  • 2010 Invited Keynote Lecture, Low Vision Symposium, Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast Oct 2010. Low Vision in the 21st Century.
  • 2010 Chair, Wales Eye Care Conference 2010.
  • 2010 Keynote address, European Optometry Conference, Copenhagen May 2010. Postgraduate Optometry Education: Why? What? Who? and How?
  • 2009 Invited Keynote Lecture, Low Vision Symposium, Saudi Arabia. Low Vision Rehabilitation.

Committees and reviewing

  • Director, Postgraduate Taught Programmes
  • Chair, Postgraduate Exam Board, Optometry and Vision Sciences
  • Chair, Postgraduate Board of Studies
  • Founding Co-Director, WOPEC
  • School Board, Optometry and Vision Sciences

External Committees

  • 2013 - present Chair, Eye Health Care Steering Group, Welsh Government
  • 2011 - 2012 Chair, Low Vision Higher Qualifications Committee, College of Optometrists
  • 2011 - present External Examiner, Aston University
  • 2011 - 2012 Deputy Chair, Low Vision Service Development Committee (Statutory Committee Advising Welsh Assembly Government on Low Vision Services)
  • 2009 - 2011 Deputy Chair MEGAFOCUS (Statutory Committee Advising Welsh Assembly Government on Eyecare for BME groups)
  • 2008 - present  College of Optometry, OSCE Writing Group
  • 2008 - 2009 College of Optometry, Final Assessment Review Group
  • 2007 - 2012 Trustee, Sight Support.
  • 2006 - 2012 External Examiner, MSc Visual Impairment, City University
  • 2004 - 2013  Wales Low Vision Advisory Group
  • 1998 - 2000 Professional Secretary, Low Vision Consensus Committee
  • 1996 - 2000 Optical Vouchers Consultative Committee (Statutory Committee Advising DOH)
  • 1996 - present Examiner, The College of Optometrists

Research Topics

  • Low Vision Rehabilitation
  • The eye care requirements of children with special needs

Research Funding at Cardiff University

  • 2012/ 2014 Collaborator NIHR PI Prof Christine Dickinson
  • 2011/2014 Collaborator GDBA PI Margrain TH
  • 2011/2013 Co-applicant RNIB PI JM Woodhouse
  • 2007/2010 Co- Applicant Welsh Assembly Government PI JM Woodhouse
  • 2007/2009   Co-applicant Welsh Office of Research and Development PI TH Margrain
  • 2007/2008 PI Thomas Pocklington Trust