18 November 2020

College appoints Dr Paramdeep Bilkhu MCOptom as Clinical Adviser

The College of Optometrists has appointed Dr Paramdeep Bilkhu MCOptom as a Clinical Adviser following the recent departure of Dr Susan Blakeney FCOptom who fulfilled the role for 19 years.

Paramdeep will join Daniel Hardiman-McCartney FCOptom in the busy role, answering College member’s queries and providing them with clinical, professional and ethical support.

Paramdeep is an independent prescriber and is keen to enhance the roles of optometrists in delivering clinical and therapeutic care. Currently a Research and Teaching Fellow at Aston University, he is Module Leader on the Scientist Training Programme and Module Co-Leader for Independent Prescribing for Optometrists and helped to set-up and run a specialist dry eye clinic. He works regularly in practice in the West Midlands, has worked in MECS and PEARS, and contributes to peer-reviewed scientific journals, including the College’s peer review CPD journal, Optometry in Practice. He has particular interest in ocular allergic disease and meibomian gland dysfunction diagnostics and management. His research has focused on ocular surface disease and contact lens clinical performance.

Paramdeep says: “I’m really excited to be joining the College team as a Clinical Adviser and can’t wait to offer advice and guidance to our members, as well as supporting Daniel Hardiman-McCartney in the other aspects of the role. As a practising optometrist, The College has provided me with never-ending support and opportunities for professional development so I’m looking forward to be able to give back to the profession to the best of my ability.”

Dr Sarah Cant, Director of Policy and Strategy for the College says: “We’re delighted Paramdeep is joining the team and are looking forward to his contribution to our work to support members, develop robust guidance and champion the role of optometrists. He is joining the team at a time when our clinical advice service and guidance are in more demand than ever as we help members navigate the pandemic. I would also like to thank Susan Blakeney for her invaluable contribution to the College across the past 19 years, her hard work and dedication to the role have benefited very many of our members.”

Paramdeep takes up his role with the College on November 17 and will also continue to work as a visiting research fellow at the university and in private practice.

The College’s clinical advice service is offered to all of its members via phone and email and aims to support and guide members and inform the public and professionals, from all disciplines, on our professional guidance. Between October 2019 and September 2020 the clinical advisors responded to more than 1,400 enquiries.

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Get to know our new Clinical Adviser in our latest blog.


Notes to Editors

  1. The College is the professional body for optometry. It qualifies the profession and delivers the guidance and training to ensure optometrists provide the best possible care. We promote excellence through the College’s affixes, by building the evidence base for optometry, and raising awareness of the profession with the public, commissioners, and health care professionals.