Miss Fiona Spencer was appointed as a consultant ophthalmic surgeon at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital in 1998. Having received her general medical training at The University of Bristol and specialist ophthalmology training initially at Cheltenham General Hospital followed by The Tennent Institute of Ophthalmology in Glasgow. She gained her Doctor of Medicine in 1995 at the University of Nottingham with a thesis in Optic Disc Measurement whilst a Lecturer training in glaucoma with Professor Vernon. She also completed a fellowship period with Professor Roux at the University of Pretoria in South Africa.
As a consultant Fiona is particularly aware of the importance of providing the highest standards of training for junior medical staff and with colleagues runs an internationally renowned fellowship, training surgeons around the world.
Fiona is currently Chair of the Training Committee for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists; having chaired the curriculum subcommittee for 3 years. She has had a formal role in training since becoming a consultant being Regional Advisor, Training Programme Director and College Tutor previously. She has led on the development of a new e-portfolio and has championed the role of simulation in surgical training, a national induction programme add introducing quality improvements. In 2015 she helped the unified College of Ophthalmology of Eastern, Central and Southern Africa to write a harmonised curriculum for 8 countries for all ophthalmology trainees.
Miss Spencer was a member of the Expert Panel in Glaucoma for the College of Optometrists, and was awarded an honorary Fellowship of the College in recognition of her work on multidisciplinary training in glaucoma detection and management. She examines for the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons Glasgow, lectures and examines for the Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science course at Manchester University and contributed to the Common Clinical Competency Framework for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists in 2017. She is now responsible for writing the curriculum for the framework for all non-medical health care professional involved in glaucoma care.
She is an Associate Director of Medical Education in the Manchester Foundation Trust, with a specialist remit for trainee engagement in management and leadership activities.