Helen Davis

DBO(T)

Division of Ophthalmology and Orthoptics, Health Sciences School

Head of Division of Ophthalmology & Orthoptics

h.davis@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 215 9005

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Helen Davis
Division of Ophthalmology and Orthoptics, Health Sciences School
The Medical School
Beech Hill Road
Sheffield
S10 2RX
Profile

I joined the University in Sheffield in 1991 to set up the degree programme in Orthoptics. The first intake of 30 students was in 1992 and since then we have increased our yearly intake to 40.

During my time in Sheffield Orthoptics has received excellent QA reports from QAA and HPC. I have also co-authored the core Orthoptic text book used in the UK and worldwide. I have continued to participate in research and was invited to give the prestigious Roger Trimble lecture at the British Isles Strabismus Association in 2006.

I am currently head of the Orthoptic section of the Academic Unit of Ophthalmology & Orthoptics. I am a member of the School Teaching Unit Board, Faculty Learning & Teaching Committee, Inter-Professional Learning Group and Fitness to Practise group. I also sit on student review and disciplinary panels.

Research interests

My research interests are stereovision and testing techniques in Orthoptic practice. My collaboration with Professor John Frisby from the department of Psychology led to the design of a new distance stereotest now used in clinics worldwide.

I am a member of the multi centre Intermittent exotropia research strategy group led by the University of Newcastle.

Current projects

  • Intermittent exotropia
  • Stereo-testing
Publications

Books

Journal articles

Chapters

  • Schmidt PP, Wood ICJ, Lewin S & Davis H (1996) Infant vision In Vital-Durand F, Atkinson J, Braddick OJ & Society EBAB (Ed.), Infant vision Oxford University Press, USA RIS download Bibtex download

Conference proceedings papers

  • Arblaster G, Davis H, Buckley D & Barnes S (2019) What changes do patients report after strabismus surgery for planned psychosocial benefit?. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Vol. 60(9). Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 28 April 2019 - 2 May 2019. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Davis H, Rhodes MJ & Drury J (2016) A comparison of stereoacuity tests in clinical practice. 37th Meeting of the European Strabismological Association (pp 101-104), 1 October 2015 - 4 October 2015. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Buckley D, Duke P & Davis H (2015) Changing depth cue reliance by playing videogames. Perception, Vol. 44(Suppl 1) (pp 348-348) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Davis H (2015) Testing BSV & Stereopsis. Advances in Strabismus (pp 127-130), 1 December 2014 - 4 December 2014. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Davis H (2015) Vergence Adaptation. Advances in Strabismus (pp 75-78). Ankara, Turkey, 1 December 2014 - 4 December 2014. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Davis H, Rhodes M & Hoole J (2014) Transactions of the European Strabismological Association. Transactions of 36th Meeting of the European Strabismological Association (pp 55-57). Marseille RIS download Bibtex download
  • Frisby JP, McCarthy J & Davis H (2014) Modified Frisby Davis Stereotest (FD2) for showing textures sensitive to blur. Transactions of 36th Meeting of the European Strabismological Association (pp 63-66). Marseille RIS download Bibtex download
  • Davis H & Bibi M (2013) Stereoacuity in prism-induced divergence stress. Transactions of 35th Meeting of the European Strabismological Association (pp 153-156). Bucharest, Romania RIS download Bibtex download
  • Clarke MP, Buck D, Powell C, Tiffin P, Taylor R, Davis H, Rahi JS, Cumberland P, Strong NP & Sloper JJ (2010) The Improving Outcomes in Intermittent Exotropia Study: 2 Year Outcomes. INVESTIGATIVE OPHTHALMOLOGY & VISUAL SCIENCE, Vol. 51(13) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Frisby JP & Davis H (2003) Clinical tests of distance stereopsis: State of the art. PROGRESS IN STRABISMOLOGY (pp 187-190) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Davis H, Frisby JP & Walters BC (2001) The Frisby Davis distance stereotest (FD2). TRANSACTIONS: 27TH MEETING OF THE EUROPEAN STRABISMOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION (pp 33-36) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Frisby JP, Buckley D, Davis H & Duke PA (2000) Tonic accommodation predicts perceptual - motor error under stereogram but not under natural viewing. PERCEPTION, Vol. 29 (pp 87-87) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Pedersen ML, Buckley D & Davis H (2000) Are the same effects found for stereogram stimuli presented either with shutter-glasses or as red/green anaglyphs?. PERCEPTION, Vol. 29 (pp 100-101) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Frisby JP, Buckley D, Davis H & Duke PA (2000) Tonic accommodation predicts perceptual-motor error under stereogram but not under natural viewing. PERCEPTION, Vol. 29 (pp 87-87) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Pedersen ML, Buckley D & Davis H (2000) Are the same effects found for stereogram stimuli presented either with shutter-glasses or as red/green anaglyphs?. PERCEPTION, Vol. 29 (pp 100-101) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Brennand DAA, Buckley D, Davis H & Frisby JP (1998) Predicting individual differences in cue integration in stereograms. PERCEPTION, Vol. 27 (pp 31-32) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Buckley D, Stone JV, Brennand DAA & Davis H (1998) Predicting individual differences in performance of an object-recognition task. PERCEPTION, Vol. 27 (pp 119-119) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Horsman JM, Brennand DAA, Buckley D, Davis H & Frisby JP (1995) Interaction of stereo, texture, and outline cues: Ridge-orientation effects and the role of dark focus. PERCEPTION, Vol. 24 (pp 10-10) RIS download Bibtex download

Posters

  • Arblaster G, Davis H, Buckley D & Barnes S (2019) What changes do patients report after strabismus surgery for planned psychosocial benefit?. RIS download Bibtex download
Teaching interests

My teaching interest includes curriculum design and development. Since setting up the degree programme in Orthoptics in 1991 I have continued to develop its content and delivery. I have ensured maintenance of currency of clinical practice.

The application of theory to practice and the value of evidence based practice is essential and my oversight of practice placement education has been instrumental in providing reflective practitioners who are fit to practice on graduation.

I have led on Quality assurance events including QAA, HCPC approvals and Periodic Reviews. I sit on the HCPC Fitness to Practice Panels.

I chair Faculty student review committees and am a member of the university disciplinary panel I continue to teach all three years of students on the BMedSci Orthoptics programme utilising a variety of delivery styles. I facilitated the development of a Distance Learning Masters programme, which now attracts students from all over the world and a variety of eye care professionals in addition to Orthoptists.

Recently in collaboration with others, I have developed a module in the sale supply and administration of medicines enabling Orthoptists to gain additional annotation to the HCPC register. I am now leading on the development of an Advanced Clinical Practice route in our Masters programme, which is an exciting and novel development.

I am chair of the British and Irish Orthoptic Society Education and Professional Development committee and national lead for Orthoptic education. I am member of the Ophthalmic Clinical Competency Framework (OCCCF) developing multi-professional education with the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, College of Optometry and Ophthalmic nurses.

Professional activities
  • Member of Health Profession Council (HPC) Education & Training Committee
  • Chair and member of HPC education Approval panels
  • Member of HPC Professional Liaison Groups setting standards for Education & Training, Standards of Proficiency and Standards of Conduct Performance & Ethics
  • Member of British & Irish Orthoptic Society Education Committee
  • Research mentor for British & Irish Orthoptic Society
  • Member of the London Ophthalmology Deanery
  • Member of SHA Liaison Group for National Orthoptic Education Provision
  • Member of European Strabismological Association
  • Member of International Strabismological Association
  • Member of British & Irish Orthoptic Association
  • Member of International Orthoptic Association
  • Reviewer for projects submitted to Sheffield Teaching Hospitals research department
  • Honorary clinical contract with Royal Hallamshire Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust