Catherine has practiced as a clinical optometrist for over 25 years and teaches on both the MSc Optometry and BSc (hons) Ophthalmic dispensing programmes. Catherine is module lead for OP4002 “Optometric Principles and monitoring for eye health” and clinical lead for the university eyeclinic and has a special interest in glaucoma and medical retina. Catherine's passion for learning, teaching and promoting excellent clinical skills engaged her interest in the academic field of optometry and pedagogy and is currently undertaking research in optometric pedagogy. Catherine continues to work in practice on a Locum basis, for the General Optical Council as a hearings panel member and as a CPD writer for the college of optometrists. She also examines for WOPEC in glaucoma and MECs
Catherine was involved in the curriculum and module design of the first blended learning Optometry course in the U.K and in developing and overseeing the eyeclinic at the university of central Lancashire. She takes an active role in writing assessments and learning materials using a range of multimedia methods specifically designed for online delivery as well as face to face teaching. As a clinical optometrist she has undertaken research in the area of glaucoma and is now actively engaged in optometric pedagogic research, publishing an abstract in the clinical teacher journal supplement by ASME in September 2020 titled "Instilling reflective practice – The use of an online portfolio in innovative optometric education".
Catherine has practiced as an optometrist for over 25 years in a variety of community settings and has always had a keen interest in optometric education, being a practice based supervisor for many students over the years and taking a lead role in teaching and training within the workplace. Catherine has undertaken practice based research both during her MSc and DOptom degrees. In early 2019, Catherine moved into a full time academic role at the university of central Lancashire, for which she has a passion for making teaching clinically relevant, using case scenarios and reflection to drive learning, with the overarching goal for students to become proficient clinicians. She hosted a sharing good practice seminar within the school of medicine on the use of an online student portfolio in 2020 and is actively engaged in research in this area.
Accredited in MECs, Glaucoma level 1&2 and cataract pre and postoperative assessments, Catherine has a highly analytical approach to her work and attention to detail and has extensive knowledge and experience of the regulatory and legal issues related to Optometry due to her work at the General Optical Council.
- 2014 DOptom (Doctor of optometry), University of Aston
- 2003 MSc (Investigative Ophthalmology), University of Manchester
- 1994 BSc (Hons) Ophthalmic Optics, Class 2:1, University of Cardiff
- 1995 MCOptom College of optometrists professional qualifying examinations
- 2019 ESME course in medical education
- 2020 AFHEA
- 1995 Professional qualifying examinations: Worshipful company of spectacle makers prize for the highest aggregate mark in Pathology, dispensing and refraction
- 2003 Manchester eye hospital award for the highest mark on the taught section of MSc Investigative Ophthalmology
- Glaucoma, medical retina, pedagogy in optometric education, online lecture design and delivery
- 1995 Registered with the General Optical Council
- 1995 Member of College of Optometrists (MBCO)
- 1995 Member of the Association of Optometrists
- 2015 Member of the General Optical Council hearing panel
- 2020 AFHEA
- Member of ASME: Association for the Study of Medical Education
- External Roles:
- 2019 – current:CPD writer for the College or Optometrists
- 2018 – current: WOPEC examiner – Glaucoma level 2, MECS.Peer review Facilitator for the College of Optometrists.
- 2015 – current: GOC hearings panel member. Experience of GOC regulatory work including participation in hearings and writing determinations