As Head of HEKSS School of Ophthalmology on behalf of my colleagues I am proud to welcome you to the programme. The school was formed in 2011 and our commitment to excellence in patient care, education, and research is unparalleled.
Ophthalmology training in HEKSS combines Medicine and Surgery working within a multi-professional team. Our faculty spans all subspecialties in Ophthalmology and Ophthalmic Surgery. As a School we are dedicated to providing the most compassionate patient centred care while accommodating the newest diagnostic and therapeutic techniques available to Ophthalmology. Our trainees develop their specialist expertise whilst simultaneously being equipped for service innovation. HEKSS trainees are best placed to deal with rising patient expectations, which frame our training and which we rightly aspire to meet and exceed.
Our school is led clinically by Adam Bates as TPD and a group of committed College Tutors. The College Tutors and TPD work in combination with the trainee representatives who help me maintain the quality assurance of our training programme. From an administrative perspective; the excellent school of Ophthalmology workforce team supports them. Trainees have the opportunity to contribute to the enrichment of their programme. Innovative teaching opportunities guided by feedback and ideas generated by trainees include:
- Cataract simulation four simulation days for ST1
- Trabeculectomy Wetlab – one day – open course*
- Oculoplastic Wetlab – one day – open course
- Squint Surgery Wetlab – one day – open course
- Two Multidisciplinary team simulation days – open course
- Laser simulation training aids purchased for local units
- Cadaver based study days on strabismus and oculo-plastics.
- Annual Zambia Fellow post to work with the Vision 2020 Links programme.
- Additional funding for improve your teaching days and leadership days
In addition to these opportunities; as a school we have recently undertaken two multidisciplinary training days teaching ophthalmic surgical teams from across HEKSS. The aim was to improve communication skills, leadership and team working across the professional barriers to provide safer surgery for our patients. The courses included lectures, role play sessions with an actor and team training in communication with an external expert.
The School has purchased an EyeSi simulator which has enhanced training and community awareness of cataract surgery across the HEKSS region. The simulator is currently housed at FPH and will rotate around the region being based at a different hospital for each academic year. The aims are to improve local access to simulation for trainees from local hospitals and run research projects in cataract surgery education for trainees.
Finally, a short introduction to my own background: I am a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon specialising in Medical Retina working at Frimley Health NHS Trust in Surrey. I have always been passionate about teaching since my student days. I became a consultant in 2004. I am equally passionate about research and after being the Ophthalmology Specialty Lead for KSS for six years I am now the Lead for Division 6 in KSS Clinical Research Network looking after research in 10 subspecialties including Ophthalmology.
Professor Geeta Menon
Head of School of Ophthalmology HEKSS
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
Director of Clinical Education
Director of Research and Development