Mrs Hannah Stewart

Mrs Hannah Stewart

Programme Lead for Postgraduate Optometry

School of Health Professions (Faculty of Health)



Hannah qualified at Glasgow Caledonian University with a BSc Orthoptics in 2000. She worked as a specilaist in the area of neuro ophthalmology and paediatrics. She went on to train as a Lead Clinical tutor and designed, organised and implemented a professional course for doctors in Ophthalmology.

Hannah moved to Plymouth in 2007 where she started her role as Lead Clinical Tutor and Deputy Head Orthoptist at Torbay Hospital. Her roles includes 

- Neuro Ophthalmology

- Casualty patients

- Paediatric Ophthalmology

- Thyroid Eye Disease

- Adult Ocular Motility clinics

- Extended role in Medical Retina

- AHP Lead in Diabetic Retinopathy

- Lead Clinical Tutor

- Vision Screening Manager

- Lead of Specific Learning Difficulties

- Work based assessment training for varied multi professionals

- Ophthalmic Practitioner Training departmental lead

In 2013 Hannah started working at University of Plymouth undertaking the role of Binocular Vision Clinical tutor in Optometry. This role includes clinical sessions with 3rd year Optometry students and patients implementing clinical based practice using an evidence based approach

In 2014 Hannah completed a postgraduate certificate in Medical Retina at Cardiff University. In 2022 she completed my professional higher certificate in Medical Retina with Moorfields and UCL.

In 2021 Hannah accepted the exciting opportunity of a new job role at the University as Postgraduate Lead in Optometry (joint). This roles primary objective was to design and implemented an MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice in Ophthalmology ready for the first cohort in Sept 2022.


UCL / Moorfield’s – Higher Professional Certificate in Medical Retina Jan 2021 - current

Cardiff University – Professional Certificate in Medical Retina 2014

City and Guilds – Certificate in Preparing to Teach (Distinction) 2010

BIOS accredited Clinical Tutor. 2004

Glasgow Caledonian University – BSC Orthoptics 2000


BIOS Clinical Tutor Training – annual

OPT Clinical Lead Training 2020-current

Finance level 1

NHS Leadership and Management level 1-2

Conflict Resolution Training

Breaking Bad News

Equality and Diversity

Manual Handling

Safeguarding Adults and Children

Life Support


Inclusivity Award

Prevent Training

Professional membership

HCPC Registration - Orthoptist

BIOS membership

Roles on external bodies

BIOS CAG - Medical Retina and glaucoma

BIOS CAG - Vision Screening

BIOS CAG - Clinical Tutors

BIOS CAG - Specific Learning Difficulties



Research interests

Advanced Clinical Practice


Binocular Vision

Clinical ophthalmology

Macular Degeneration

Diabetic Retinopathy

Vision screening

Specific Learning Difficulties