SWOS membership is available to all career grade ophthalmologists working in the South West of England and South Wales. Ophthalmologists in training grades are eligable for Associate Membership.

SWOS Meetings

SWOS Meetings for 2017 were:  

  • Bristol November 2017
  • SWOS meeting 2017 and combined Plymouth Annual Regional Meeting June 2017 (details below)


SWOS Bristol meeting – Friday 17th November 2017

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Clifton Pavilion, Bristol Zoo gardens
College Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 3HH

Start and registration 9:00 - 9.30
9.30 - 10.45 Trainees presentation

10.45 - 11.15 Tea break

11.15 - 12.00  Dr Denize Atan, Clinical Lecturer and Consultant Bristol Eye Hospital                      
                      Research in Neuro Ophthalmology

12.00 - 12.45 Mr James Benzimra, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Exeter Optic disc swelling, diagnosis and management

12.45 - 13.45 Lunch and board meeting                                                                                                                       

13.45 - 14.00 Awards

14.00 - 14.45 Mr Richard Edwards, Consultant Neurosurgeon, Southmead Hospital Surgical management
of raised intracranial pressure

14.45 - 15.30 Richardson Cross Lecture, Prof Robert Maclaren, Oxford
15.30 - 15.50 Coffee break

15.50 - 16.30 Dr Luke Bennetto, Consultant Neurologist, Southmead Hospital, Optic Neuritis and MS Update


Annual Regional Meeting & SWOS meeting – June 2017

The combined Annual Regional and South West Ophthalmology Society meeting was held on the 16th of June 2017.
The meeting was jointly organised by The Royal Devon and Exeter, West of England Eye Unit and The Royal Eye Infirmary, Plymouth.
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The flyer contains registration details and CPD points.


Business school Exeter University  
8:30am to 5pm
16th June 2017

Time table

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XFI Lecture Theatre, Exeter University

8:30: Registration & Coffee

9:00: Welcome - Organising committee

9:10 - 11:00: Session 1

  • Innovation in Health Care
    Dr Brian Goldman
  • Sustainable Eye Care
    Prof Anja Tuulonen, Prof David Crabb

11:00 - 11:30: Coffee

11:30 - 13:00: Session 2

  • Empathy in medicine
    Dr Brian Goldman, Prof Charles McGhee

13:00 - 14:00: Lunch

14:00 - 15:20: Session 3

  • Medical Errors
    Dr Brian Goldman, Prof Charles McGhee

15:20 - 15:40: Afternoon coffee

15:40 - 17:00: Session 4

  • Learning from other Industries
    Mr Job Bruggen
  • Errors in Ophthalmology
    Mr Susmito Biswas

17:00: Closing remarks & evaluation


Speaker Biographies

Anja Tuulonen, MD, PhD

Professor Anja Tuulonen, M.D, Ph.D, is the CEO and Head of Tays Eye Centre, Tampere University Hospital, Tampere, Finland, where she was recruited in 2009 to design and lead a new eye centre. Prior to this position, she was the Clinic Head and Professor in Department of Ophthalmology, Oulu University Hospital in since 1995. She conducted a post-doctoral Research Fellowship at Tufts NEMC, Boston, USA 1985-1986. Professor Tuulonen has served e.g. as the President of the Finnish Ophthalmological Society, a member of several working groups at Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in 2000-07. She is also the Chair of the Finnish EMB Glaucoma Guide line in 2000-14. She is current Vice President of the European Glaucoma Society and Treasurer of the Glaucoma Research Society. Professor Tuulonen's recent research interests include health services research, health economics, secondary research (systematic reviews), in addition to glaucoma diagnostics and therapy.

Brian Goldman, MD

Brian Goldman, MD, is one of those rare individuals with great success in not one but several adrenaline-pumping careers. Goldman is a highly regarded emergency physician at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto.  He is also the host of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s award-winning radio show “White Coat, Black Art”, where he takes listeners behind the scenes of hospitals and doctor’s offices.  Goldman unpacks and demystifies what goes on inside medicine’s sliding doors – with edgy topics that include the whistle blowing in health care, burnout among health professionals, racism in health care and how to getting to the head of the line in health care.

Goldman is on a lifelong campaign to confront medical errors and create a culture of safety for patients.  He has proven unafraid of using his own medical mistakes for examples on how doctors can improve. His TEDtalk – “Doctors Make Mistakes. Can We Talk About That?” has been watched by close to a million viewers, and has been featured in The Huffington Post and NPRs TED Radio Hour.

Dr. Goldman has worked as a health reporter for The National, CBC Television’s flagship news program, for CBC-TV’s The Health Show, and served as senior production executive during the launch year of Discovery Health Channel, Canada’s only 24-hour channel devoted to health programming.

He is the author of the bestselling book The Night Shift:  Real Life in the ER, which takes readers through giddying heights and crashing lows as Goldman works through a typical night shift in one of Canada’s busiest ERs.  His new book The Secret Language of Doctors – published by Harper Collins in 2014 – is a biting look at medical slang.  The book cracks the coded words doctors use in hospital elevators and hallways that reveal what the doctor really thinks about your mother’s obesity, your grandfather’s dementia or her colleague’s competence. Often funny and always revealing, The Secret Language of Doctors reveals deep flaws in modern medical culture, and how to fix them.
- See more at: http://doctorbriangoldman.com/about/#sthash.Ut3pdKoL.dpuf

Mr Job Bruggen, Safety Manager Dutch Air Traffic Control, Schiphol The Netherlands

Job Briggen holds a master’s degree from Delft University of Technology in Aerospace Engineering. In 1986 he started working for the National Aerospace Laboratory where he later became the head of the Air Transport Division.  His particular interest in safety led him to Air Traffic Control the Netherlands, to become their safely manager in 2002. He is particularly known for his activities in Just Culture developments and was one of the first to demonstrate the detrimental effect of prosecution of the air traffic controllers on incident reporting. In In 2003 he re-created the CANSO Safely Standing Committee and chaired it for six years. He is currently leading the effort for the FAB Europe Central Safely management activities. He also advises in health care on safely matters with a particular focus on safety leadership from the top.

Prof Charles N J McGhee PhD,DSc,FRCS,FRCOphth,FRANZO

Charles pursued undergraduate science and medical studies at the University of Glasgow, Scotland , with a secondment to Harvard’s Howe Laboratory, Boston and graduated Bachelor of Science( 1st class honours) in ocular pathology and MBChB in 1983. He completed training in Ophthalmology in the West of Scotland and Perth, Western Australia. Subsequently, he was appointed Consultant Ophthalmic surgeon and Professor of Ocular Therapeutics in Sunderland, England (1993) and Foundation Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Dundee, Scotland (1996). In 1999, he was appointed to his current position as Maurice Paykel Professor and Chair of Ophthalmology, University of Auckland. Charles has been Clinical Director of Ophthalmology, Auckland District Health Board and is the foundation Director of the New Zealand National Eye Centre, one of the largest visual sciences research groups in the southern hemisphere.

Charles divides his time between busy clinical practice, research and teaching. He is Chair of the Australia and New Zealand Cornea Society (ANZCS), an elected member of Academia Ophthalmologica Internationlais(AOI) and the IIIC, life President of the British Society of Refractive Surgery, President of the Academy of Asia-Pacific Professors of Ophthalmology , and President –elect of The Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology. He has written three books and 315 peer-reviewed scientific papers and chapters. His work has been recognised by a number of named lectures including Ida Mann (RANZCO), Sir Norman Gregg (RANZCO), Douglas Coster (ANZCS), Mark Tso Golden Apple Award (ICO), and De Ocampo Lecture (APAO). In his spare time he plays electiric blues guitar, sculpts and paints.

Prof David Crabb, MSc, PhD , Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, Honorary consultant in Visual Science at Moorfields Eye Hospital London

Prof David Crabb is Professor of Statistics and Vision Research and he joined City University London in 2005. David gained degrees in Mathematics and Statistics at Oxford and Sheffield before completing a PhD in Visual Science in 1996. Following a post-doctoral position at University College London and a lectureship in Nottingham, he took up his position at City University London in 2005.
David's research laboratory contains a lively mixture of vision scientists, ophthalmologists, psychologists, mathematicians and computer scientists. This research laboratory focuses on measurement in vision: visual fields, imaging, visual function and quality of life, and medical statistics. One of the main themes of his work in glaucoma is relating the different stages in the disease process to patient's visual disability.