Mr Richard Hancock

Ophthalmic Imaging Specialist


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I have been involved in ophthalmic imaging all my working career. During my training at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, I gained fundamental key skills in ophthalmic imaging, this was enhanced by additional training in general medical photography at Christie Hospital, Manchester. Utilising this broader knowledge and experience, I was asked to establish and manage a new Medical and Ophthalmic Photography department at Aintree University Hospitals, Liverpool in 1990. The photography department has significantly developed into a highly respected and renowned unit overseeing 15,000 patents per annum. The department boasts state of the art imaging equipment and has been at the forefront in providing innovative patient pathways for the monitoring and surveillance of patients with medical retina diseases (I was the first Ophthalmic Photographer in the UK to run my own macular degeneration surveillance clinics).

I left Aintree and started a new post in Nov 2015, as Manager of Ophthalmic Imaging for Emis Care – a provider of healthcare for the NHS and Private sector, specialising in providing imaging and diagnostics for medical retina conditions and glaucoma. I managed an NHS department for 25 years and now manage Ophthalmic Imaging Services for my current employer.

Since taking my first eye photographs over 30 years ago, I have been extremely passionate about ophthalmic imaging and have been involved in the profession’s learned society, the Ophthalmic Imaging Association. I have presented at numerous national and international meetings on a variety of subjects and also published in peer review journals. I have won several imaging awards and was a finalist in the Department of Health Innovation awards 2012. More recently, one of my images was selected as part of the Royal Photographic Society (medical section) Scientific Exhibition 2015/16.


Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Richard Hancock at Spire include:


Other treatments

  • Glaucoma diagnosis and monitoring
  • Medical Retina diagnostics

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Additional information


Heidelberg Certificate in OCT Imaging and Interpretation / Liverpool / 2014
Heidelberg Certificate in OCT Imaging and Interpretation

Accredited Senior Imaging Scientist / Bath / 2015
Accredited Senior Imaging Scientist

Diploma Medical Retina / Ulster / 2015
Diploma Medical Retina

Professional memberships

Academy of Healthcare Science

Ophthalmic Imaging Association

Medical Section Royal Photographic Society

Mr Richard Hancock owns 100% of the Heidelberg OCT eye scanner SPEC-CAM 11369-S2610 & HP Z1 computer