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Professor Barbara Ryan

Professor 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
Campuses
Room 2.45, Optometry and Vision Sciences, Maindy Road

Overview

Professor Barbara Ryan joined the school in 2003. She is an optometrist and an academic and has a broad remit covering health services research, teaching and practice and has made significant contributions to the pedagogy / orthodoxy of optometric practice She is currently Director of Postgraduate Taught Courses and Co- Director of Wales Optometry Postgraduate Education Centre (WOPEC).

Biography

Educational and Professional Qualifications

* Bsc Hons Optometry and Vision Science, City University 1991
* Membership College of Optometrists 1992
* PhD Cardiff University 2009
* Professional Certificate in Glaucoma 2017

Academic positions

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

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


Welsh Government positions

* 2012 - 2016 Chief Optometric Advisor, Welsh Government (seconded from Cardiff University)
Previous teaching positions

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

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
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

Speaking engagements

* 2017Optrafair. ‘What more could you do with your career?’
* 2016 The Royal College of Ophthalmologists and College of Optometrists- Working Together, Working Differently Seminar; Integredig
* 2016 Annual Wales Eye Care Conference Wales, Closing address.
* 2016 Low Vision Care- what can every optometrist do? 7th Annual Scientific Sessions of Vision Care Academy, Sri Lanka
* 2016 Thea Eye Health Conference: Lessons learnt in Wales
* 2015 Postgraduate Teaching- what, who and how? 2015 OVN national conference, Holland.
* 2015 Kenynote Lecture. Low Vision in the 21st Century - Hospital Optometry Conference. Low Vision in the 21st Century.
* 2014 Low Vision in the 21st Century- 2014 National Conference Association of Irish optometrists.
* 2013 Invited Keynote Lecture, Wales and West Vision Conference June 2013. Remembering the small numbers in the big picture of Blindness.
* 2013 Invited Lecture, Optometry Tomorrow, College of Optometrists Annual Conference, February
* 2013. Low Vision in the 21st Century.2011 Invited Lecture, Annual Rural Doctors Conference,
* 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

University Committees

* Chair, Postgraduate Taught Board of Studies, School of Optometry and Vision Sciences
* WOPEC Board
* School Board, Optometry and Vision Sciences

External Committees

* 2017 Strategic Advisory Committee, Education Review, General Optical Council.
* 2017 Review Panel member, Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority, Northern Ireland: Review of the implementation of the Developing Eyecare Partnerships Strategy.
* 2017 Steering Group, Scottish Government: A review of low vision service provision in Scotland.
* 2014 to 2016  Quality and Safety Group, Department of Health and Social Services, Welsh Government.
* 2012 to 2016 Chair, Wales Eye Care Steering Board (Welsh Government).
* 2012 to 2016 National Joint Professionals Advisory Committee (Welsh Government).
* 2012 to 2016 Wales Optometric Committee (Welsh Government statutory advisory committee on Optometric Services in Wales)
* 2011 to 2012 Deputy Chair, Low Vision Service Development Committee (Statutory Committee Advising Welsh Assembly Government on Low Vision Services)
* 2009 to2011 Deputy Chair MEGAFOCUS (Statutory Committee Advising Welsh Assembly Government on Eyecare for BME groups)
* 2007 to 2012 Trustee, Sight Support (NGO).
* 2011 - 2012 Chair, Low Vision Higher Qualifications Committee, College of Optometrists
* 2011 - 2016 External Examiner, Aston University
* 2008 - 2015 College of Optometry, OSCE Writing Group
* 2008 - 2009 College of Optometry, Final Assessment Review Group
* 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 - 2013 Examiner, The College of Optometrists

Publications

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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