Seven individuals and hospital trusts have been recognised for their outstanding work at Bayer’s Ophthalmology Honours awards evening held on 1 December 2016.
The awards evening, hosted by Bayer and supported by RNIB and Visionary, recognises and celebrates multi-disciplinary teams throughout the UK who have developed exceptional initiatives that demonstrate clinical excellence and innovation in the area of ophthalmology.
Judging panel member, Augusto Azuara-Blanco, Professor of Ophthalmology at Queen’s University Belfast, said: “This was another great year for the Ophthalmology Honours. Not only did we see the same level of high quality entries as last year, we also saw an increase in the number of winners as we, as judging panel, had such a difficult job deliberating and selecting the final results.
“This awards programme continues to shine a light on the fantastic work that we are doing in the UK; from providing invaluable support to patients and their families to being at the forefront of clinical research.”
The 2016 winners
Best ophthalmology team
Epsom and St. Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust: Making a Difference for Glaucoma Patients: A 'Can Do' Approach
Best patient support or education initiative
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust:The Paediatric Intraocular Clinic
Best ophthalmology care innovation
Manchester Royal Eye Hospital: Real-time Patient Journey Assessment Platform -
Judges’ special awards
Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: Bradford Ophthalmology Research Network: Enhancing patient care through research
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: Stickler Syndrome Service
Outstanding ophthalmology nurse or allied health professional
Anne-Marie Lacey, Nurse Practitioner: Royal Bournemouth Hospital
Ophthalmology unsung hero
Cara Mitchell, Macular Service Coordinator: Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Jackie Napier, Medical Director, Ophthalmology & Neurology at Bayer, said: “Our commitment to the ophthalmic community and to improving outcomes for patients is demonstrated via our ongoing support for initiatives such as the Ophthalmology Honours. Not only does this programme support the sharing of best practice at a clinical level, it also recognises excellent patient care and support provided by the entire multi-disciplinary team.
“Encouraging innovation and best practice sharing is vital in an ever-changing environment. We are committed to delivering this programme so we are able to support the UK clinical community with staying at the forefront of patient care. We hope to see the same level of high quality entries next year and encourage the clinical community to share the great work that they are doing across the UK.”
The development of the awards programme was guided by a steering committee of experts including consultant ophthalmologists, specialist nurses and a representative from the RNIB. The large number of entries were judged by ten experts in ophthalmology care, with the decision-making process being wholly independent from Bayer.
The photo shows Jackie Napier opening the ceremony.