History of AHPO


The organisation that developed into AHPO began in 1999 as a sub-committee of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists with a remit to consider and recommend a programme for the education and training of ophthalmic support workers. As the work of the sub-committee progressed it became clear that wider and more formal representation from all ophthalmic related professional groups was needed. AHPO was established in 2002, became a registered company limited by guarantee in December 2003, and was registered as a charity in January 2005.


Membership of AHPO


The members of AHPO are organisations, not individuals, and each full member organisation can appoint a trustee to the Board of Trustees that is responsible for the leadership of the organisation. AHPO has the following member organisations:


Full members


British and Irish Orthoptic Society

British Society for Clinical Electrophysiology of Vision

Ophthalmic Nursing Forum of Royal College of Nursing

Ophthalmic Imaging Association (formerly BOPA)

Royal College of Ophthalmologists


Associate members


UK Ophthalmic Pharmacists Group (UKOPG)

Vision UK


AHPO Board of Trustees


Voting members


David Keating - (BriSCEV)

Colin Clements - (OIA)

Janet Marsden - (RCN)

Manijeh Wishart - (RCOphth)

Rowena McNamara -  (BIOS)


Non-voting members and advisers


Rosalind Harrison - Chairperson

Mary Bairstow - Lay Adviser Vision UK

David Cottrell - Quality Assurer

Susan Anderton - Lead Quality Assurer


AHPO Alternates and Associate Member Representatives


Jane Tapley - (BIOS)

Mary Shaw - (RCN)

David Sculfor - (BriSCEV)


AHPO Education Committee


Chairperson - Rosalind Harrison


AHPO Examinations Committee


Chairperson - Rowena McNamara




AHPO Memorandum and Articles of Association

AHPO Contingency and Adverse Effects Policy

AHPO Data Protection Policy

AHPO Diversity and Equality Policy

AHPO Appeals policy

AHPO Guide to making a complaint

AHPO Invoice Policy

AHPO Malpractice and Maladministration Policy

AHPO Malpractice and Maladministration Procedure

AHPO Reasonable Adjustments Policy

AHPO Safeguarding and Prevent Policy

AHPO Special Consideration Policy