North West School of Ophthalmology

North West School of Ophthalmology

Welcome to the North West School of Ophthalmology


HEE North West MapThe ophthalmology programme offered by Health Education England, North West will give you an unparalleled exposure to the full range of ophthalmic disease and its management.


In addition to your clinical and educational supervisors, you will also have the support of a trainee mentor to help you through the early stages of training. You may also have the opportunity to be involved in international ophthalmology training initiatives.

Key Contacts


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Dr Alistair Thomson,
Associate Dean for Ophthalmology

Based at HEE North West's Liverpool Office, Regatta Place

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Ms Jane Ashworth,
Head of School of Ophthalmology

Based at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital

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Mrs Anshoo Choudhary,
Ophthalmology Training Programme Director for Cheshire and Merseyside

Based at Royal Liverpool University Hospital

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Mr Kenneth Yau,
Ophthalmology Training Programme Director for Greater Manchester and Lancashire

Based at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital

School of Ophthalmology Training Programme Management Team


The North West School of Ophthalmology Training Programme Management Team are based at HEE's Manchester Office and also look after Medical Ophthalmology (although Medical Ophthalmology ARCPs are conducted by NHS England's South West office).


Programme Support Manager for Ophthalmology

Programme Support Co-ordinator for Ophthalmology

Jennifer Sneade

Tel: 0161 268 9588

Programme Support Administrator for Ophthalmology

General enquiries can also be emailed to the School of Ophthalmology Programme Management Team on the following email address:

Lead Employer Contacts

All trainees in the North West are employed by a single 'Lead Employer', Mersey and West Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (formerly known as St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust). For any HR or payroll enquiries please contact the Lead Employer team.


Lead Employer Payroll Team

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists Contacts

Deputy Head of Education and Training

Vanna Fadda

Tel: 020 3770 5340

General Contacts

ARCP information can now be found on the Ophthalmology ARCP page.


link icon National Specialty Recruitment

link icon Local Recruitment (Academic Clinical Fellows only)

link icon Royal College of Ophthalmologists

link icon The Royal College of Ophthalmologists' e-portfolio

link icon NHS North West Leadership Academy, Mentoring Scheme

HEE North West Links

Training Support Network

SuppoRTT (Supported Return to Training)

Study Leave | Email:

Out of Programme (OOP) information

Less Than Full Time (LTFT) Training | Email:

Policies & Procedures

Revalidation | Form R | Email:

Leadership courses (Medical Leadership Fellowships, Postgraduate Module in Medical Leadership)

Education courses (PG Certificate in Workplace Based Postgraduate Medical Education Fellowship) | Email:

Careers advice

Inter-Deanery Transfers

Intra-LETB Transfer Policy for transferring between sectors within HEE NW (on Policies and Procedures page)


Page Last Updated 08 August 2023