Chris Brammar BSc (Hons) - Ocularist
Chris has worked in the healthcare industry for over 20 years, many of which were as a Support Worker providing community based care to adults with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour, mental health problems and other medical conditions. He gained NVQ Care qualifications at Levels 2 and 3 through this employment. Other healthcare roles have included being employed at Macclesfield District General Hospital as a Healthcare Assistant (Auxillary Bank Nurse) where he worked in many of the different departments/wards. Chris has also gained the Advanced GNVQ qualification in Health and Social Care alongside A Levels whilst in formal education.
In 2004 he graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with an Honours Degree in Biomedical Science specialising in Medical Physiology and Medical Microbiology. His final year project was undertaken at the North West Lung Research Unit at Wythenshawe Hospital NHS Trust, following a 6 month employment as a Medical Technical Officer for the work based placement part of the degree course.
In 2014 Chris commenced employment at Robin Brammar Ocularist Ltd, where having completed technical and clinical training, he now works as an Ocularist with his own lists of patients in the UK and in Ireland. He has a keen interest in maintaining and improving the quality of patient care that is delivered to patients, and advocates a holistic approach. He was a founding member of the Association of British Ocularists and is proactive in the Association's development. Chris attends national and international conferences such as the British Oculoplastic Surgeons Society and the Association of European Ocularists. He is a mentor for trainee ocularists.
Susan Walker - Ocularist
Susan qualified with an NVQ Level 3 in Oral Healthcare: Dental Nursing in 2007. This enabled her to have contact with a broad range of patients and helped gain key skills in clinical hygiene, health and safety and administrative procedures.
After leaving the dental profession Susan joined her father in the family business, Robin Brammar Ocularist Ltd. She used her skills gained from dental nursing and began her five year training as an Ocularist in 2009.
Susan has patients both in the UK, and in Ireland and acts as a mentor to trainee ocularists using her clinical, technical and theoretical knowledge gained from working as an Ocularist. Susan attends conferences of the Association of European Ocularists and the British Oculoplastic Surgeons Society which enables her to gain knowledge and keep up to date with new developments within the ocular prosthetics and healthcare fields which can then be applied to her role as an Ocularist.
Susan is a Founder Member of the Association of British Ocularists (ABO) founded in 2016 and is the treasurer of the organisation. Susan is passionate about being part of the ABO which aims to promote better patient care and safety and improve professional practice, alongside developing a standardised training programme for new ocularists in the UK.
Julie Brammar – Practice Manager
Julie will usually be the first point of contact for patients and will provide information, advice and support to patients and their families. Julie is responsible for the smooth administration of the practice and has been part of the team since 2011. Julie has an important pivotal role at the practice ensuring communication between patients, their representatives and other healthcare professionals.
Robin Brammar - Ocularist
Robin trained initially as a maxillofacial technologist qualifying in 1972 and became an Ocularist in 1973. He established the practice in 1982. He was at that time Principal Ocularist at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital where he set up and managed the Department of Ocular Prosthetics until 2008. He established his practice in Dublin, Ireland in 1996.
Robin is Founder Member of the Association of European Ocularists founded in 1999 and is a Founder Member of the Association of British Ocularists founded in 2016.
He is a Diplomat of the American Society of Ocularists and a member of the Institute of Maxillofacial Technologists and Prosthetists.
He has co-authored a number of published papers and lectures internationally in the field of ocular prosthetics and mentors trainee ocularists in other countries.
Robin is an expert witness for court reports regarding ocular prosthetic issues.