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Professional History

After graduating from the University of Liverpool with a BSc(Hons) in Orthoptics Sarah took a 3 month contract working at the extremely busy St Paul's Eye Unit at The Royal Liverpool Hospital, managing a wide variety of traumatic and neurological adult patients. When the contract finished she moved to Wrexham Maelor hospital and joined a large team of 7 orthoptists, 3 consultants and numerous junior doctors. Her main responsiblities included visual screening and community clinics, providing cover for a large area of rural North Wales where Sarah held many clinics in small outlying towns and villages.

Sarah moved to Jersey in 2007 after being offered the position of Senior Orthoptist at the General Hospital. She established an Island wide screening program for all reception aged children and, along with the educational pyschologists developed a multi agency approach to visual difficulties affecting learning. This was introduced to all State and Private schools in 2010. Along with day-to-day clinical duties Sarah has held a variety of acclaimed posts:

  • Lead Clinican for the British and Irish Orthoptic Society on Specific Learning Difficulties,
  • Allied Health Professionals, listed expert in her field,
  • Research Framework of Excellence panel member for the Department of Health,
  • Chair of the National Stroke Committee latest research project into stroke related ocular problems,
  • Advisor to the EyeCan.

Sarah is involved in two multi national research projects with The University of Liverpool, one regarding visual outcomes in stroke survives and the other visual testing in children, there are many publications linked to these studies to which she has contributed.

Locally Sarah works closely with Anish Shah, Anthony Spiteri and Gordon Bowler consultant ophthalmologists, Sarah also works with David Anderson, Kristina May and Stephanie West for more complex cases which are referred to the UK. For artificial eyes John Pacey-Lowrie visits Jersey and Sarah has excellent professional links with all local opticians.