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    Jane Ashworth is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon and Paediatric Ophthalmologist

Jane was appointed as a Paediatric Ophthalmology consultant at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital in 2007, following fellowship training.

She leads the clinical and surgical management of a wide range of children’s eyes conditions, including childhood strabismus (surgical and botulinum toxin treatment), amblyopia, paediatric cataract (surgical treatment), paediatric uveitis and genetic eye conditions.

She takes part in regular multidisciplinary subspeciality clinics in paediatric uveitis, paediatric cataract and ophthalmic genetics, and has a particular interest in neurometabolic conditions. She takes part in the regional retinopathy of prematurity screening and treatment service.

In addition to her clinical expertise, Jane is actively involved in paediatric ophthalmology research, and has co-authored 3 book chapters and more than 50 publications together with receiving several research grants. She regularly speaks at national and international conferences, and has co-chaired workshops and study days on paediatric ophthalmology topics in both the US and UK.

Jane has a major role in teaching and training at MREH and regionally; she is Divisional Education Lead for MREH, and is also Training Program Director for Ophthalmology in the North West. She is clinical and educational supervisor to ophthalmology trainees at MREH, and leads the Paediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship program at MREH which attracts national and international candidates. She is an examiner for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, and also a member of the American Association for Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS) and the British Isles Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus association (BIPOSA)

Posts Held

Post Location
Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmologist Manchester Royal Eye Hospital
Honorary Consultant University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Trust
Honorary Senior Lecturer, Developmental Biomedicine Research Group University of Manchester


Year Research
2016 Co-investigator for RAINBOW study
2015 3 year research grant Biomarin Ltd
2012-2105 Co-investigator for SYCAMORE study of the use of Adalimumab in Paediatric Uveitis
2011-2013 Biomarin Europe Ltd educational grant: The Ocular Manifestations of Mucopolysaccharidosis
1997 Wellcome Trust Vision Research Fellowship. Project title: ‘Microfibril abnormalities in ectopic lentil: structural and functional consequences of mutations in fibrillin-1’
1996 Wellcome Trust - Ophthalmology Fellowship

Education Experience

Year Education Experience
2016 Associate Director of Medical Education, Guardian of Safe Working Hours, CMFT
2015 PhD assessor - University of Manchester Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences
2014-Present Training Program Director for Ophthalmology, Health Education North West, North Western
2014-2016 Divisional Educational Lead - MREH
2012-2014 College Tutor MREH
2012 Lead for Surgical Simulation
2012-Present Educational Supervisor for ophthalmology trainees and paediatric ophthalmology fellows
2007-Present Clinical supervisor for ophthalmology trainees and paediatric ophthalmology fellows


Year Managment
2015 Chair of Simulation Committee
2014-Present Chair of STC Meetings
2014-2016 Chair of MREH Education Committee
2012 Clinical Advisor to European Medical Agency (Paediatric Committee)
2012-2016 Safeguarding Clinical Lead for MREH
2012-Present Consultant Appraiser
2011 Ophthalmology Representative - Greater Manchester Paediatric Surgical Network

Dr Jane L. Ashworth BMBCh FRCOphth PhD

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon & Paediatric Ophthalmologist

  • Manchester Royal Eye Hospital
    Private Patient Centre, Manchester M13 9PL
  • Cheshire Eye Clinic, Wilmslow SK9 1PA
  • Tel : 07946 326 614