About the British Emergency Eye Care Society

Facilitate best practice in emergency eye care provision and promote excellence in patient care

Formalise training and career opportunities for all practitioners and encourage collaborative working practices

 To provide a forum for the purpose of sharing resources, knowledge and experience

To establish wider recognition of  Emergency Eye Care as a sub-speciality

To promote and support research in emergency eye care

The Committee

BEECS President

Seema Verma, MB BS MD FRCOphth

Locum Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

St Thomas’ Hospital, London



Felipe Dhawahir-Scala, MB BS FRCSEd LMS

Consultant Ophthalmologist and Vitreoretinal Surgeon.

Director of the Acute Ophthalmic Services.

Manchester Royal Eye Hospital



John Buchan MB BS MD FRCOphth

Assistant Professor - International Centre for Eye Health, LSHTM
Consultant Ophthalmologist

Leeds Teaching Hospitals


Lucy Clarke, MB BS MRSC(Lond) FRCSEd FRCOphth

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon,

Director of Acute Ophthalmic Services,

Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospital.


Ben While

Consultant Ophthalmologist

Wye Valley Trust, Hereford

BEECS Secretary

Amy-lee Shirodkar, MBChB MD FRCOphth

Emergency Ophthalmology Fellow

Moorfields Eye Hospital (St George’s)

Committee Member

Dilani Siriwardena MB BS FRCOphth

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon,

Moorfields Eye Hospital, London.

Committee Member

David Lunt, MB BS, FRCOphth

Ophthalmic surgeon

Committee Member

Kim Son Lett, MB BS FRCOphth

Consultant Ophthalmologist and

Vitreo-Retinal Surgeon

Director Eye Emergency and Vitreo-Retinal Services

Birmingham & Midland Eye Centre

Committee Member

Adriana Chilinska

Oculoplastic Fellow


Committee member

Richard Andrews

Consultant Ophthalmologist

Moorfields Eye Hospital

Committee Member

Sarah Anderson

Consultant ophthalmologist, emergency eye care lead

York Hospital


Committee Member

Polly Dickerson

Ophthalmic Surgeon

Trainee Representative

Romeela Rana-Rahman, MB BS

Specialty Registrar

Ophthalmology Specialty Registrar

Trainee Representative

Freddy Beer

Ophthalmology Specialty Registrar


Trainee Representative

Ian De Silva

Ophthalmology TSc Oculoplastics and registered Optometrist

West Midlands Deanery

Nursing Representative

John Uddin

Nurse Practitioner

Manchester Royal Eye Hospital

Nursing Representative

Francine Walsh

Nurse Practitioner, Bolton

Optometry Representative

Daniel Goh

Hospital Optometrist

Moorfields Eye Hospital


Optometry Representative

Helen Wilson

Principal Optometrist Acute Services

Manchester Royal Eye Hospital


British Emergency Eye Care Society Constitution & Aims

BEECS Constitution – (Dated - 20.4.2016)

“The British Emergency Eye Care Society (BEECS) was founded in 2013 with the aim of bringing together practitioners in the United Kingdom who provide acute ophthalmology

 services within their institutions.  The inaugural meeting was held at the Royal College of Ophthalmologists on 18 October 2013.”



The aims of the Society are:

  • To facilitate best practice in emergency eye care provision and promote excellence in patient care
  • To establish wider recognition of Emergency Eye Care as a sub-speciality
  • To provide a forum for the purpose of sharing resources, knowledge and experience.
  • To promote and support research in emergency eye care.
  • To formalise training and career opportunities for all ophthalmologists and encourage collaborative working practices


Committee Members

  • Committee membership will be open to all NHS hospital eye service practitioners.


Executive Offices

  • It was agreed that the society needed a small committee of executive officers. In the first instance these will be held for 3-5 years to facilitate continuity during the initial phase of the society.
  • After this the officers will be held for a period of 2 years, renewable once.
  • The office appointments of treasurer, secretary, president and vice president will be held by an Ophthalmologist on the specialist register.
  • Prospective executive officers will be elected at the annual general meeting, having been nominated and seconded by any member (one of whom must be a committee member).
  • Only members who are present at the AGM (i.e. not just committee members) will be eligible to cast a vote.



Vice President




Other committee members will include:

  • Annual meeting organiser(s)
  • Trainee Representative for two years (renewable)
  • Optometry representative for two years (renewable)
  • Nursing representative for two years (renewable)

For a BEECS meeting to be considered quorate, at least five committee members need to be present at least two of whom are executive committee members. For changes in the constitution, the majority of the committee has to be present including at least three executive committee members and the decision to change the constitution should be unanimous amongst those present, and there should be no known objections from the absent executive member.


Inclusion Criteria - It was agreed that members must be currently providing regular emergency eye care in a secondary care setting

This updated constitution was agreed unanimously by the BEECS committee including all executive committee members other than Claire Daniel who was absent.

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