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Dr Nik Sheen

Dr Nik Sheen

WOPEC Co-Director, Clinical Lead for the Eye Health Examinations Wales (EHEW) service

School of Optometry and Vision Sciences

+44 (0)29 2087 6988
+44 (0)29 2087 4859 (mark FTAO Dr Sheen)
Room 2.64, Optometry and Vision Sciences, Maindy Road


Research Overview

Previously my research experience was in Glaucoma, Diabetes and ocular imaging. More recently, aside from my management roles, my research has been focussed on primary care, evaluation and audit of clinical services and education and training for optometrists.

Teaching Overview

Primarily I teach postgraduate optometrists. I am module leader for the acute eye care postgraduate modules and glaucoma basic and advanced modules. I also teach on a variety of short courses.

Previously I was module leader, lecturer and supervisor for Investigative Techniques module within the undergraduate optometry course.

Management Overview

I am responsible for the WOPEC staff, a team of 6 internal staff as well as 6 external optometrist tutors.


Educational and Professional Qualifications:


  • 2002    PhD                                          Cardiff University
  • 1998    MSc with commendation          Bristol University
  • 1994    BSc (Hons)                               Cardiff University


  • 1995    MCOptom                                 College of Optometrists

Honours and awards

  • A Bullock (PI), B Ryan, N Sheen. £21,000, General Optical Council, 2012
  • W Drexler (PI), B Povazy, N Sheen, R North. £110,000, Action Medical Research, 2008
  • N Sheen (PI) & W Drexler, R North. £102,000, Diabetes UK, 2008-2010
  • N Sheen (PI) Summer Scholarship, £3,000, College of Optometrists, 2007

Professional memberships

  • 2010-present:     Member of the General Optical Council education committee 
  • 2014-present:     Member of the General Optical Council registration committee          
  • 2013-present:     Member of Eye Care Delivery Plan Steering Group*                
  • 2013-present:     Member of Information Technology Task and Finish Group*   
  • 2013-present:     Member of Statistics Task and Finish Group*                           
  • 2013-present:     Member of EHEW Task and Finish Group*                             
  • 2010-present:     Deputy Chair of MegaFocus Wales*                                        
  • 2014-present:     Member of Focus on Ophthalmology Group*                          

*As part of my role as Clinical Lead for the Eye Health Examination Wales

Academic positions

  • 2010-present:     Director of Wales Optometry Postgraduate Education Centre (this includes management, short courses provision, Postgraduate Taught Certificates, Diplomas and MSc provision and commissioned work)
  • 2008-present:     Clinical Lead for the Eye Health Examination Wales service (a service for optometrist in Wales provide for patients)    
  • 2013 – 2014:     External Examiner for International Islamic University, Malaysia
  • 2003 – 2008:     Lecturer, School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, Cardiff University
  • 2003 – 2008:     Accreditation and Evaluation Manager for the Welsh Eye Care Initiative

Committees and reviewing

  • 2013 - present:     Member of the Alumni Committee
  • 2013 - present:     Member of the School Board
  • 2010 - present:     WOPEC Strategic Advisory Committee
  • 2010 - present:     WOPEC Board











Research Topics and Related Projects:

Glaucoma, Diabetes, Digital Ocular Imaging , Primary Care Optometry, Evaluation and audit of clinical services, Education and Training for Optometrists

Research Team:

  • Marieh Esmaelpour, Post-doc   2008-2011

Current Postgraduate Students (with degree and anticipated completion year):

  • Juan de Ortez               MSc                  2014
  • Owain Mealing              MSc                  2014

Past Postgraduate students

  • Ashley Wood               PhD                 2012

Research Collaborators:

Prof Alison Bullock, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University. Collaboration in Education research in Optometry

Grant and Paper reviewer:

Grant reviewer for Diabetes UK, RNIB, Guide dogs for the Blind. Manuscript reviewer for Ophthalmology, Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics, British Journal of Ophthalmology.

Innovation and Engagement:         

  • Services, education and training ambassador for BME group working with the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) 2009-present.
  • Invited ambassador to the Southern College of Optometrists, Memphis, USA for eye services in the UK in 2010.
  • Invited lecturer for extended primary care services for over 20 Primary Care trusts and optometrist companies.