Rowena McNamara

    I trained as an Orthoptist at Moorfields Eye Hospital, qualifying in 1977 and
    gained clinical experience initially in London and then York. In 1979 I
    volunteered for a life changing year at the St John’s Eye Hospital in
    Jerusalem. 

    On my return I worked in Peterborough setting up a support group for
    families with children with delayed visual maturation; completed an
    orthoptic teaching qualification at the Leeds Orthoptic school in 1984; took
    up a post as lecturer at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital in 1985 and was
    accepted on a part time research Masters degree (investigating the use of
    picture vision tests in infants) at the department of psychology, Manchester
    Victoria University.

    In 1987 I won a travel scholarship to MIT in Boston and was recruited to
    create an orthoptic course at Colombo Eye Hospital Sri Lanka which I have
    supported more than 20 times in the past 30 years.  I became Principal of
    the orthoptic diploma training school in Leeds and contributed to the
    transition to degree courses as external examiner in Sheffield, Liverpool
    and Glasgow. After moving to London in 1995 I was the first orthoptist to
    be appointed as a consultant orthoptist for North West London in 2005.
    Following 3 years as chair of the British and Irish Orthoptic Society, I am
    currently the out going chair and continue to lead the orthoptic and imaging
    teams at Imperial College Health Care NHS Trust.

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