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Dr Dipesh Patel
UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
30 Guilford Street
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  • Research Fellow
  • Population, Policy & Practice Dept
  • UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Dipesh qualified as an Orthoptist in 2008, and worked clinically in Bath before moving to UCL GOS ICH to take up a research assistant post in 2012. He undertook his PhD at ICH (2012-2016), investigating optimal methods for assessing visual fields in children with glaucoma and neuro-ophthalmic disease.

Dipesh then returned to clinical practice as an Advanced Orthoptist at Moorfields Eye Hospital (MEH).

In 2018, Dipesh was awarded a HEE NCEL Fellowship, and in 2019 secured a CLAHRC Fellowship to investigate the effect of age on occlusion therapy outcomes in children aged 4-16 years. In 2020, Dipesh was awarded an NIHR Advanced Fellowship to investigate low vs. high intensity occlusion therapy for the management of mild/moderate amblyopia. To deliver his research, Dipesh has built collaborations across scientific disciplines and institutions.

He is a peer reviewer for Acta Ophthalmologica, PLOS One, BMC Ophthalmology, TVST, Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, IOVS, and BMJ Open.

Dipesh is co-Chair of the Applied Research Collaborations (ARC) North Thames ECR Network committee (previously career development and mentoring co-ordinator) and leads the UCL MEH Amblyopia Research Network. He also sits on PPP's EDI committee.

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Research Summary

Dipesh is a clinical academic Orthoptist whose previous research has informed the development of clinical guidelines for the assessment of visual fields in children with complex ophthalmic disorders, in both clinical and research settings. His current research investigates key issues about amblyopia (lazy eye) management, from generating evidence to support decisions about referral for treatment, to improving understanding of management choices.

Teaching Summary

Dipesh was awarded Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) in 2021. He is co-director for the Orthoptics MSc at UCL Institute of Ophthalmology (IOO). He also lectures on the Clinical Ophthalmology MSc at UCL IOO and is also developing content for a new PG Cert at IOO. Dipesh is a personal tutor (UCL GOS ICH Child and Adolescent Mental Health MSc) and facilitates teaching for ARC North Thames short courses.

Dipesh teaches clinically at Moorfields Eye Hospital, providing support for undergraduate Orthoptic and Optometry students. He also provides specialist clinical skills training and has developed local clinical assessment guidelines.

01-JAN-2020 NIHR Advanced Fellow GOS ICH UCL, United Kingdom
01-JAN-2020 Honorary Clinical Research Fellow (Orthoptics)   Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, United Kingdom
APR-2019 – OCT-2019 CLAHRC Fellow UCL GOS ICH CLAHRC North Thames, United Kingdom
29-JAN-2018 – 29-JAN-2019 HEE NCEL Fellow UCL GOS ICH CLAHRC North Thames, United Kingdom
05-SEP-2016 – 31-DEC-2019 Advanced Orthoptist   Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, United Kingdom
02-SEP-2016 – 02-SEP-2019 Honorary Research Associate GOS ICH UCL, United Kingdom
09-JAN-2012 – 02-SEP-2016 Research Assistant ICH UCL, United Kingdom
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