Dr Paramdeep Bilkhu has been appointed as a clinical adviser at the College of Optometrists following Dr Susan Blakeney’s departure after 19 years in the role.

The independent prescribing optometrist started work with Daniel Hardiman-McCartney in the role on November 17, responding to member’s queries and providing them with clinical, professional and ethical support.

Dr Bilkhu is a research and teaching fellow at Aston University and regularly works in a practice in the West Midlands. His has an interest in ocular allergic disease and meibomian gland dysfunction diagnostics and management.

‘As a practising optometrist, the College has provided me with never-ending support and opportunities for professional development so I’m looking forward to be able to give back to the profession to the best of my ability,’ he said.

Dr Sarah Cant, director of policy and strategy, said the College was delighted that Dr Bilkhu had joined the team and thanked Dr Blakeney.

‘I would like to thank Susan Blakeney for her invaluable contribution to the College across the past 19 years, her hard work and dedication to the role have benefited many of our members,’ she said.