Thursday - December 07, 2017

2017 Ophthalmology Honours winners announced

Bayer’s awards programme continues to recognise outstanding work carried out by multi-disciplinary teams in ophthalmology throughout the UK.

Reading, Thursday 7th December 2017 –Bayer is pleased to announce that the Ophthalmology Honours winners have been recognised during a ceremony held at BMA House, London and hosted by Dr Ed Coats, adventurer and Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Royal United Hospital, Bath.

 

The awards programme, now in its third year, facilitated by Bayer and supported by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and Visionary, recognises and celebrates the outstanding work being carried out by multi-disciplinary teams in ophthalmology throughout the UK and identifies exceptional inititatives that demonstrate clinical excellence and innovation in the area.

 

Commenting on this year’s entries, Clare Bailey, Consultant in Ophthalmology, Bristol Eye Hospital and steering committee member said: “It is always inspiring to receive such a high standard and range of entries each year to the Ophthalmology Honours. The inclusion of the new ‘Best Ophthalmology Service Improvement’ category for 2017 has really helped to broaden the scope of entries we’ve received this year. It’s fantastic to be involved in a programme that continues to recognise the excellent work taking place across the country in ophthalmology”.

 

The development of the awards programme has continued to evolve over the three years it’s been running, and is guided by a steering committee of independent experts including consulting ophthalmologists, a specialist nurse and representatives from the RNIB and Visionary. The decision-making process is wholly independent of Bayer and entries are judged by a total of ten experts in ophthalmology care.

Dr Jackie Napier, Medical Director Ophthalmology, Bayer said: “We hope these awards will continue to bring value and support to the ophthalmology community for years to come. The programme recognises and shares details of outstanding patient care, resulting in tangible benefits for patients and advancements in ophthalmology. Overall, it demonstrates Bayer’s commitment to transforming lives by supporting the implementation of multi-disciplinary and innovative working in the NHS”.

 

The 2017 winners:

  • Best Ophthalmology Team:
    • The Ophthalmology Theatre & Seamless Surgery Team, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Best Patient Support or Education Initiative:
    • St Paul’s Eye Unit’s ECLO: helping staff to help patients, St Paul’s Eye Unit, Royal Liverpool University Hospital
  • Best Ophthalmology Service Improvement:
    • Quality assurance of a multi-disciplinary team reviewing retinal virtual clinic assessments, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Outstanding Ophthalmology Nurse:
    • Adam Mapani, Medical Retina Nurse Consultant, Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Outstanding Allied Health Professional:
    • Rasmeet Chadha, Optometrist and Lead for Childhood Low Vision, Chair of Low Vision Group for Oxfordshire, Optometry Lead for Age Related Macular Degeneration, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Ophthalmology Unsung Hero - Individual:
    • Marina Jones, Senior Medical Retina Secretary, Stanley Eye Unit, Abergele Hospital
  • Ophthalmology Unsung Hero – Team:
    • Ophthalmology Administration Co-ordinator Team, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
  • Judges’ Special Award for Contribution to Service Improvement via Research:
    • High quality clinical research using a collaborative team approach, Sunderland Eye Infirmary, City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust

Further information on the results, categories and entry process for the Ophthalmology Honours can be found at www.ophthalmologyhonours.bayer.co.uk.   

 




Contact:

For further information, please contact:

Ophthalmology Honours team

Tel: +44 (0)20 8392 8040

E-mail: ophthalmologyhonours@liberationunlimited.com  

 

Karen Tait

Tel : +44 (0)118 206 3521 / +44 (0)7432 572900

E-mail : karen.tait@bayer.com

 

Notes to Editors

About the Ophthalmology Honours

The Ophthalmology Honours programme reflects the mission of Bayer, a leader in medical retina, to support science for better lives and to enhance patient care and experience by facilitating best practice sharing within the ophthalmology community. This awards programme demonstrates Bayer’s commitment to transforming lives by supporting the implementation of multi-disciplinary and innovative working in the NHS, resulting in tangible benefits for patients and advancements in ophthalmology care.

 

Judging panel includes:

  • Augusto Azuara-Blanco, Professor of Ophthalmology, Queen’s University Belfast, and Honorary Consultant Ophthalmologist, BHSCT
  • Clare Bailey, Consultant in Ophthalmology, Bristol Eye Hospital
  • Usha Chakravarthy, Professor of Ophthalmology, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Helen Devonport, Consultant in Ophthalmology, Bradford Royal Infirmary
  • Stevie Johnson, Clinical Lead, RNIB Eye Clinic Support Service
  • Jenny Nosek, Ophthalmic Advanced Nurse Specialist, Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust
  • Alison Oliver, Chief Executive Officer, Visionary
  • Abigail Iron, MR co-ordinator, West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
  • Roshini Sanders, Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Edinburgh and Consultant in Ophthalmology, Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline

 

Award categories

  • Best ophthalmology team
    This award will be given to an ophthalmology team who deliver and sustain an excellent level of patient care by working together to achieve goals. Teams may be clinical, cross-departmental, cross-organisational, multi-disciplinary etc.
  • Best patient support or education initiative
    This award is designed to recognise the development of innovative support or education initiatives that have made a significant and measurable difference to improve outcomes and quality of life for patients
  • Best ophthalmology service improvement
    This award is designed to recognise improvements in care that have been implemented in eye units to: improve service delivery; save money and minimise the effect of reduced budgets; improve patient experience; improve patients’ quality of life; improve patient outcomes; whilst maintaining or enhancing the quality of patient care provided
  • Outstanding ophthalmology nurse or allied health professional
    This award recognises the critical role nurses and allied health professionals play within ophthalmic care and will be awarded to a nurse or allied health professional who demonstrates excellence in all aspects of their role while making an outstanding contribution to patient experience
  • Ophthalmology unsung hero
    This award is to recognise an unsung hero who demonstrates excellence in all aspects of their role while making an outstanding contribution to patient experience. This person should be a non-clinical member of staff however may include managers, administration staff, cleaners, volunteers, etc.

 

Bayer: Science For A Better Life

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Ophthalmology Administration Co-ordinator Team, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde