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The United Kingdom and Ireland Society of Ophthalmic Professionals was established in 2010 by the council of the United Kingdom & Ireland Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons, a not-for-profit making organisation founded in 1976 for the training & education of doctors in cataract and refractive surgery.

UKISOP was founded for all (non-medical) health professionals allied to Ophthalmology. We offer an annual programme of lectures and hands on workshops which is associated with the UKISCRS general meeting each autumn. Attendance at this event provides educational and networking opportunities and the added chance to join the gala dinner and entertainment during the evening of the main meeting.

Previous programmes have included a wide variety of theory based lectures from eminent speakers within the Ophthalmic fraternity. We compliment this with hand on workshops in which delegates can handle equipment and start the journey of learning new clinical skills. At the 2019 meeting we were proud to offer a very successful cataract wet lab to our delegates.

In 2021 UKISOP have also developed a series of six monthly webinars to support members during the COVID-19 recovery period.  The webinars are intended to provide evidence for CPD portfolios and professional revalidation, and encourage people to become members of the UKISOP / UKISCRS family.

Membership Benefits

The UKISOP faculty is derived from representatives of each of the stakeholder professions allied to ophthalmology. These include Orthoptists, Optometrists, Ophthalmic nurses, Ophthalmic technicians and Ophthalmic imagers with representation from an Ophthalmologist on the board of UKISCRS.

The current faculty members are:

UKISOP President:
Rosalyn Painter
Ophthalmic Imager & Clinical Unit Manager
Oxford Eye Hospital, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Immediate past President:
Rebecca Turner
Consultant Nurse
Oxford Eye Hospital, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Ophthalmic Nurse:
Jo Chalupka
Anterior Segment Nurse Coordinator
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Nilpa Shah
Sessional Optometrist
St Thomas’ Hospital and Moorfields Eye Hospital, London

Ophthalmic Imager:
Deana Robson,
Research Ophthalmic Photographer
Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust

Co-Opted Member:
Lorraine North
Consultant Orthoptist
Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust

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