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Moorfields Medical Director

Declan Flanagan was appointed Medical Director at Moorfields in 2010, and since then the trust has practically doubled in size: in terms of numbers of patients seen, numbers of operations done; amount of research done and in terms of money spent on behalf of patients.

Declan is shortly to stand down after 8 years in post, and he spoke to Angela Smith about some of the best, and also some of the more challenging aspects of his role.

“I think the most important thing for me is being able to make a difference. What we can offer patients in ophthalmology has extended enormously in the past 20 years and I have had a big role in making sure that patients get access to new treatments. “

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Posted By: Angela Smith

Date 07-02-18

Finance and Admin Officer Post


An exciting opportunity to join the team at Friends of Moorfields!

Salary: £28,700kpa (pro rata for 15hrs per week £12,300pa actual) + pension contributions.

Hours:  15 hours per week tbc. This is a job share opportunity working alongside an experienced partner

Friends of Moorfields is a thriving and active, member-led charity which has been supporting patients and staff at Moorfields Eye Hospital, a world centre of excellence for the specialist treatment of eye diseases, for more than 50 years. The Friends provide a range of services to support the work of the hospital including managing the team of over 200 volunteers.

The Finance and Administration Officer is an essential role, responsible for partnering the Chief Executive in the development, administration and financial management of this c. £350,000 a year hospital based charity.

The successful candidate will be an all-rounder; someone who is comfortable working on their own initiative, is well organised, numerate, and who enjoys the challenges of supporting a small and friendly team. The successful candidate will be supported to grow and develop in this role, through an active approach to training and development, and through a positive and empowering working environment.

Download Job Description and Person Spec Here

Closing Date: 9am Monday 26th February 2018. Proposed Interview Dates Wednesday 7th March

Please send current CV with covering letter explaining how you meet the essential criteria in the person specification to





Posted By: Angela Smith

Date 18-12-17

Peacock Newsletter: December 2017


‘Peacock’ is our quarterly newsletter giving information about Friends of Moorfields and the work we do.

In this issue:

  • Introducing Sabina Uddin
  • Friends of Moorfields AGM
  • Celebrating 10 years of Moorfields at Bedford Hospital
  • Corneal Disease and the new Pentacam
  • Memorial to Tony Willoughby

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Cornea Disease and the Pentacam

Picture of Frank Larkin with the new Pentacam

Frank Larkin came to Moorfields as a Senior Trainee in 1990 and has worked here ever since. He became a Consultant in 1997. He is one of the three consultants who deal with cornea problems in children, and his clinic is in the Richard Desmond Children’s Eye Centre.

Here Mr Larkin talks to Angela Smith about different  things that can affect the cornea for both children and adults, and explains how the Pentacam Friends recently purchased will help with diagnosis and treatment:

“The cornea is the curved and transparent ‘window’ structure at the front of the eye. So we don’t actually see the cornea when we look at the eye of a patient – we see through it, at the black pupil and the coloured iris. When the cornea, in disease, loses its transparency this causes problems with vision in that eye for the patient.”

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Posted By: Angela Smith

Date 17-11-17

Friends AGM – 16th Nov 2017


Friends of Moorfields AGM.

Thank you to everyone who came along to our recent AGM, especially to our speakers, Nick Strouthidis, Service Director for Glaucoma; Steven Davies, Chief Finance Officer & Deputy Chief Executive; and David Probert Chief Executive of Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Trust .

At the beginning of the meeting Vice Chairman Virginia Spence-Jones announced Trustee’s decision to change Angela Smith’s job title from ‘Executive Manager ‘ to ‘Chief Executive’ in light of the significant expansion of Friends, her increased  responsibilities and her achievements over the past few years.

Nick Strouthidis then started the meeting with a presentation on latest techniques for glaucoma treatments, and explained ways that Moorfields is addressing the ever increasing demand for the glaucoma service with additional, optometrist led clinics and the new facilities in Cayton Street.

Steven Davies then spoke about funding in the NHS generally, and Moorfields more specifically, and discussed ways that Friends can and do support Moorfields.

Friends Vice-Chairman Virginia Spence-Jones then presented the Chairman’s report looking back at Friends achievements over the past year. She highlighted the great work we are doing to increase the number of volunteers working at Moorfields and also thanked all those who have worked hard to fundraise for us. Virginia also thanked and acknowledged the hard work of the Friends staff team.

Treasurer Kevin Custis presented the accounts and Annual Report
Link to Annual Report and Accounts to 31st March 2017

Friends’ Chief Executive Angela Smith spoke about what Friends hope to achieve during the next 12 months. She emphasised the objective to continue expanding the volunteer programme, as well as focusing on patient information and support through management of the Health Hub at City Road.

Finally David Probert, Moorfields CEO updated the meeting about latest developments at Moorfields in light of the recent strategy refresh.

The meeting finished with awards to volunteers for 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 years service. With a special award for Natalia Tomashpolskaya who has been a member of Friends staff for 15 years.

Link to Nick Strouthidis Presentation
Link to Steven Davies Presentation
Link to Chairmnan’s Presentation – Virginia Spence-Jones
Link to Executive Manager’s Presentation – Angela Smith
Link to David Probert’s Presentation





Posted By: Angela Smith

Date 25-10-17

Christmas Cards 2017


Christmas Cards now in Friends Shop.

Friends Charity Christmas cards are now available in The Shop (opposite Clinic 2 at Moorfields City Road) or via our Online Store

Link to online shop








Posted By: Angela Smith

Date 14-09-17

Children’s Theatre Recovery Area Refurbished


Paediatric theatre recovery area in RDCEC.

Friends have paid for the refurbishment of the theatre recovery area at the Richard Desmond Children’s Eye Centre in memory of former Director Tony Willoughby.

In July 2015 we reported the sad news of the passing of Tony Willoughby, who was Director and in charge of Friends of Moorfields for more than 11 years, until he retired in 2011.

Tony left the Friends in great shape, with strong, committed volunteers; a large database of Friends; a great staff team and significant unrestricted reserves in the bank, making Moorfields Friends one of the most effective friends’ organisations in the country.

Tony took the time to really get to know people, and taught us the importance of being there and ready and willing to drop things and talk to whoever puts their head around the door. He always ensured that all who offer their time to help the hospital feel that they too are getting something out of the experience. A principle Friends continue to adhere to today.

In recognition of all that Tony meant to Friends, and everything he did for the hospital The Trustees of Friends of Moorfields have decided sponsor a long term memorial in his name. Tony was very involved in fundraising for the building of the Richard Desmond Children’s Eye Centre and Friends have supported the paediatric teams in many ways since it’s opening 10 years ago.

Last year around 1,600 children were admitted to the paediatric day-care ward for eye surgery; the surgical pathway takes them through the anaesthetic room, theatre and to the recovery room where they are joined by their parents before returning to the ward for the final stage of recovery.

Some young patients can be fearful of medical equipment, fearful of separating from their parents and anxious about these strange, impersonal surroundings.

The recovery room is an essential part of the journey from the operating theatre to the ward; this period of recovery from anaesthesia can be one of the most memorable periods during a child’s admission for surgery. For this reason Friends Trustees felt that a suitable tribute to Tony would be paying for the refurbishment of this area with large, wall mounted photographic panels on three of the four recovery room walls and on two mobile screens.




Posted By: Angela Smith

Date 07-09-17

See Science – Thurs 26th Oct 4-7.30pm


See Science: a festival exploring the science of sight.

A free science festival for the local community around Old Street. It will be held on Thursday 26th October 2017 16:00-19:30 at St Luke’s Community Centre EC1V 8AJ.

Everyone is welcome to come along and engage with scientists from UCL Institute of Ophthalmology in a fun, interactive and accessible way. Learn something new about vision, how the eyes function with the brain, how eye diseases occur and affect patients, and most importantly, the research we are doing to tackle these problems. The event is suitable for all ages and is aimed at anyone living, working or going to school in the local area. Everyone is welcome! The event is a public engagement project supported by a bursary from UCL Culture and more information can be found on the webpage





Posted By: Angela Smith

Date 07-09-17

Peacock Newsletter: August 2017


‘Peacock’ is our quarterly newsletter giving information about Friends of Moorfields and the work we do.

In this issue:

  • Introducing Caroline Zihler
  • Moorfields Strategy and AGM
  • Ealing Hospital ‘Open Day’
  • A day in the life of an ECLO
  • Children’s Week

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‘People’s Sight Matters’ Jo Moss talks about Moorfields strategy refresh

Jo Moss is the Director of Strategy and Business Development at Moorfields .

“Our core belief is People’s Sight Matters’ We want to have an emphasis on why we all come to work, why we all care. It was really clear from talking to patients and talking to staff that it is an understanding that people’s sight is really important and that is the thing that we need to hold central to everything we do no matter where we are working, which of our networked sites or what our job role is, whether that be delivering front line services, or in our finance department – that people’s sight matters should be the golden thread that carries through”

Here Jo tells Angela Smith about the process they went through to refresh the strategy and ways Friends can help with the delivery.

Read more about the strategy here:

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