Workforce, training and education
East of England

Organiser : Narman Puvanachandra (Training Program Director and Associate Dean)

We run monthly CORE teaching days that all trainees attend across the region. They are split between Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) and Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge (ADD)

The basic format is typically interactive talks in the morning and then OSCE based stations in the afternoon to hone clinical examination skills in small groups.

TOP Regional Training Program 2018 & 2019 GMC Survey : 1st out of 17 regions in the UK 


Paediatric Ophthalmology Jan 17th 2019 ADD

Organised by John Somner / Louise Allen

Location : Seminar room 14 in the Clinical school

10.00-11.00: Core curriculum : Retinopathy of prematurity     Louise Allen

Coffee / tea

11.30 – 12.30:  Visiting Lecture: Inherited retinal diseases - principles of management and the top 20 genes     Omar Mahroo PhD FRCOphth FHEA

Biography of Omar Mahroo.  Omar trained in Cambridge (a scholar at Gonville and Caius) and went on to complete a PhD in retinal psychophysics and electrophysiology. He did his specialist training in the London deanery and became Academic Clinical Lecturer  at Kings Hospital, during which he set up an electrophysiology research lab at St Thomas’. He completed a MR fellowship at Moorfields and became a consultant at Moorfields / St Thomas’ in 2015. During all this he was awarded an FHEA by the Higher Education Academy in 2013. Omar is extremely research active, holding a number of research grants and many publications in the field of inherited retinal disease and electrophysiology.



13.30 -1400

Audit of ultra-wide retinal imaging for Von Hippel Lindau disease in Cambridge.   Sonja Mansfield-Smith

1400 – 1600

Paediatric ophthalmology round robin in clinic 3

  • Dynamic retinoscopy
  • Ratty child tricks
  • Visual field testing in children 
  • Refraction in children – Top tips
  • Focimetry and glasses prescription tips 
  • Amblyopia treatment - Patching – atropine – others – PEDIG and practicalities
  • Quick Orthoptics - Assessing vision, binocularity + stereoscopic vision
  • Fundus photography in children – Retcam / video indirect / smartphone
  • Simulation Scenarios
  • 15 seconds 30 minutes

1600 – 1615

Debrief and feedback


Anterior Segment Feb 15th 2019 NNUH

Orgnaised by David Spokes







David Spokes

Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital

Usman Hussain

West Suffolk Hospital

Chris Illingworth

Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital

Harry Roberts

Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital

Dan Rosser

Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital

Puvana Chandra

Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital

Narman Puvanachandra

Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital


















09:00 – 09:15

Registration and Coffee

09:15 - 10:00

Dan Rosser “Everything you need to know about contact lenses”

10:00 - 10:45

David Spokes “Complex IOL power calculations”

10:45 - 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 – 11.45

Harry Roberts: “Keratoconus”

11:45 - 12:30

Usman Hussain: “Lamellar keratoplasty” 


12:30 - 13:30                                                                      Lunch sponsored by VISUfarma


13:30-16:00                                                                           Anterior Segment OSCE stations

1600                                                                                                           Tea and discussions

Vitreo-retinal Mar 25th 2019 ADD

Organised by Phillip Alexander

Vitreoretinal Study Day

Hexagon Room, Frank Lee Centre,

Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge

Monday 25th March 2019

Link to Agenda 

8.00 – 9.00 Consultant meeting

9.00 – 10.00 Departmental Meeting

10.15 – 11.00 Penetrating Trauma: How to do a primary repair Lecture John Sharp

11.00 – 11.15 Coffee Break

11.15 – 12.00 Blunt Ocular Trauma Lecture Martin Snead

12.00 – 12.45 Iatrogenic Ocular Trauma Lecture Doug Newman

12.45 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 16.00 Clinical Stations: Vitreoretinal Cases

Clinic 14 Philip Alexander

16.00 – 16.15 Tea Break

16.15 – 16.25 Feedback and closing session


Oculomotility Apr 26th 2019 NNUH

Led by Narman Puvanachandra


East of England Norwich Oculomotility Study Day

26thApril 2019



Mr Narman Puvanachandra         Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

Mr Tony Vivian                              Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

Mr Daniel Pharoah                        Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

Mr Anas Injarie                              Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

Mrs Fiona Grady                           Head Orthoptist

Ms Elena Novitskaya                   ST7

Ms Jenny Holliman                      Deputy Head Orthoptist

Miss Beth Dudley                        Orthoptist

Miss Maddie Dutton                    Orthoptist



09.00-09.30     Registration

09.30-10.15     Oculomotility Examination                                           Narman Puvanachandra

10.15-11.00     Exodeviations                                                                Tony Vivian

11.00-11.15     Tea/Coffee Break (in Bob Champion Building)

11.15-12.00     Supra nuclear Eye Movement Disorders                    Narman Puvanachandra

12.00-12.45     Cases/Quiz                                                                     Elena Novitskaya


12.45-13.30     Lunch (in Bob Champion building)       Sponsored by Farmigea (Anthony John)


13.45-16.00     OSCE stations in Eye Clinic

(15.45)             Tea/Coffee Break in Eye Clinic


Neuro-ophthalmology May 22nd 2019 ADD

Organised by Brinda Muthusamy 

Neuro-Ophthalmology Study Day

Alice Fisher Lecture Theatre

Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge


Wednesday 22 May 2019





Consultant Meeting





Departmental Meeting




The Neuromuscular Junction




Brinda Muthusamy



Coffee Break



Functional Visual Disorders




Nicholas Sarkies



The Swollen Optic Nerve




Brinda Muthusamy




Sponsored by Novartis



Clinical stations:




Practical HFT



Clinic 3


Nicholas Sarkies

Nabil Uddin

Brinda Muthusamy




Feedback and closing session

John Cairns Research Day Jun 20th 2019 ADD

Organised by Tony Vivian


The Cairns Prize Presentations take place on June 20th
 ST4-ST7s to present - rest to attend too
Registration 9.00am
Program 9.30
VENUE: Buckingham House Seminar Rooms, Murray Edwards College, Huntingdon Rd, Cambridge CB3 0DF

PRESENTATIONS: research projects, interesting case reports (with extensive literature review), audits etc
Please could you all send me your talk titles by 18th June so that I can make up the program (to:
ART TOUR: Murray Edwards College has an interesting art collection. I have arranged an art tour during the lunchtime break. Please let me know if you would like to come along (all invited) so I can get an idea of numbers.

Oculoplastics Jul 5th 2019 NNUH

Organised by Bijan Beigi

Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital - Bob Champion Research & Education Building


09:00 – 09:20 hours           Registration (Bob Champion Research & Education building)

09:30 – 10:15 hours           Management of epiphora / Mr Chandra Rai

10:15 – 10:45 hours           Coffee break

10:45 – 11:30 hours           Orbital examination / Mr Bijan Beigi

11:30 – 12:15 hours           [to be arranged with Mustafa Al-Hashimi]

12:30 – 13:30 hours           Lunch break 

Sponsored by Sean Mahon from Santen (Bob Champion Research & Education building)

13:30 – 15:00 hours           Case presentation (Eye Clinic)

15:00 – 15:30 hours           Afternoon break

15:30 – 16:30 hours           Case presentation (Eye Clinic)

16:30 hours                          Finish

Glaucoma Sep 13th 2019 NNUH

Organised by Nuwan Niyapdurupola


Secondary Open Angle Glaucomas Regional Study Day

13thSeptember 2019

Location : Bob Champion Building, Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital



Mr Nuwan Niyadurupola BSc(Hons) BM MD FRCOphth                         Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

Prof David Broadway MB BS BSc(Hons) MD FRCOphth                           Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

Mr Raj Hanspal BSc(Hons) MBChB MA FRCOphth                                        Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

Mr Avinash Prabhu MS FRCSGlasg(Ophth) MRCSEd(Ophth)                  Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

Mr Matt Schneiders BSc MBBS FRCOphth                                               Specialty Registrar

Mr Carl Svasti-Salee MBBS BA FRCOphth                                               Specialty Registrar

Mr.Narman Puvanachandra MB BChir MA(Cantab.) FRCOphth                Consultant Ophthalmologist, TPD,



09.00-09.20     Registration

09.20-10.00     Steroid-induced glaucoma                                         Prof David Broadway

10.00-10.40     Uveitic glaucoma                                                        Mr Raj Hanspal

10.40-11.00     Coffee Break

11.00-11.40     Retinal disease and glaucoma                                   Mr Matt Schneiders

11.40-12.20     Pseudoexfoliation                                                       Mr Avinash Prabhu

12.20-13.00     Pigment dispersion                                                     Mr Nuwan Niyadurupola 


13.00-14.00     Lunch Break                                        Sponsored by THEA – Deborah Pittam


14.00-15.15     OSCE stations in Eye Clinic

15.15-16.30     Tea and Case discussions




Medical Ophthalmology Oct 22nd 2019 ADD

Organised by Erika Damato


MEDICAL OPHTHALMOLOGY REGIONAL TEACHING 22ndOctober 2019 – Addenbrooke’s Hospital


10.00 – 11.30 – Management of inflammatory eye disease in the eye casualty – common presentations and protocols (Carl Svasti-Salee, Erika Damato)

11.30 – 11.50 – break

11.50 – 12.30 – Principles of immunosuppression in inflammatory eye disease (Nima Ghadiri)

12.40 – 1.15 – Peri-operative management of uveitic cataract at CUH (Jared Ching/ Erika Damato)


1.15 – 2.00 – LUNCH BREAK

2.00 – 2.30 – TB associated uveitis – controversies (Erika Damato)

2.35– 3.15 – TB – diagnosis, investigation, management (Dr Sian Stinchcombe, Consultant Respiratory Physician and TB lead, CUH)

3.15 – 3.30 - break

3.30 – 3.45– MS related uveitis (Erika Damato)

3.45 – 4.30 – Presentation, investigation, diagnosis and management of MS – Overview  (Prof. Alasdair Coles , Professor of Neurology and Consultant Neurologist, CUH).

Medical Retina 22nd Nov 2019 NNUH

Norwich Medical Retina Study Day

22ndNovember 2019


Guest Speaker:

Prof Sue Lightman                                                      Consultant Ophthalmologist, MEH



Miss Aseema Misra                                                   Consultant Ophthalmologist, NNUH

Mr Ben Burton                                                           Consultant Ophthalmologist, JPUH

Mr Muhammad Raja                                                  Consultant Ophthalmologist, JPUH

Mr David Spokes                                                        Consultant Ophthalmologist, NNUH

Mrs Anna Few                                                             Staff Grade, NNUH

Mr Matt Schneider                                                      ST7, NNUH



Bob Champion Research and Education Building (BCRE)

08.30-09.00     Registration and Introduction                                          Miss Aseema Misra

09.00-09.45     Multimodal Retinal /Choroidal Imaging                       Mr Muhammad Raja

09.45-10.15     AAU spondyloarthropathies and biologics                Prof Sue Lightman

10.15-11.00     Coffee Break

11.00-11.45     Toxoplasmic retinochoroiditis - what do you need to know?         Prof Sue Lightman

11.45-12.15     Medical Retina Case Discussions                                Mr Ben Burton

12.15-12.30     Discussion / Q&A                                              


12.30-13.30     Lunch kindly sponsored by NOVARTIS                           BCRE                                                         

13.45               Eye Clinic

14.00-15.45     OSCE stations                                                             

15.45-16.30     Coffee Break and Case Discussions

Marie Comer Case Prize Dec 4th 2019 ADD

Organised by Brinda Muthusamy 


Ophthalmology Regional Teaching Day

4 December 2019 – Marie Comer Prize

Murray Edward College, Buckingham House Seminar Room, Huntingdon Road

Cambridge CB3 0DR

  • 09:30 - Registration & refreshments 
  • 09:45 - Trainee presentations 
  • 12:30 - Lunch 
  • 13:30 - Trainee presentations 
  • 15:00 - Afternoon refreshments
  • 15:15 - Trainee presentations 
  • 16:15 - Deliberation
  • 16:30 - Prize awarded

Location & Directions

Murray Edwards College is situated on Huntingdon Road, to the north-west of the City Centre. The Porters’ Lodge is accessed via Buckingham Road which is off Huntingdon Road.

If travelling by car, visitors should park in the car park at the rear of the College, off Storey’s Way. Parking spaces are on a first come, first served basis.

If using sat-nav, please use the post code CB3 0DR. All guests are directed to the Main College from the car park. We put out direction signs for specific events but they can also visit the Porters Lodge for directions.

Arriving by rail?  It is probably quickest and easiest to take a taxi from the Rail Station to Murray Edwards. 

If you are arriving by bicycle, we have bike parking by the tennis courts off Storey’s Way and close to the Porters’ Lodge off Huntingdon Road. All bikes are left at the owners risk and we would advise you use a secure lock.

Narman Puvanachandra - Training Program Director
Narman Puvanachandra
Training Program Director & Associate Postgraduate Dean
Saturday, 24 November, 2018
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