About the programme
Welcome to Bayer’s Ophthalmology Honours. This programme recognises the outstanding work being carried out by individuals and multi-disciplinary teams in ophthalmology throughout the UK. The programme encourages the sharing of best practice and innovation to improve patient care. The Honours identify exceptional initiatives that demonstrate clinical excellence in ophthalmology, and recognise outstanding individuals who improve the quality of care and experience of patients.
Although funded and facilitated by Bayer, the programme is judged by a multi-disciplinary panel of experts in ophthalmology care and the decision-making process is wholly independent of Bayer.
For a full list of the 2018/19 shortlisted entries, visit our results page.
As a leader in medical retina, the Ophthalmology Honours reflect the mission of Bayer to support science for better lives and to enhance patient care and experience by facilitating best practice sharing within the ophthalmology community.
This 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.
Ophthalmology Honours supporters in 2018/19
Who can enter?
Entry is open to anyone working in the field of ophthalmology in the UK. Submissions and / or nominations are welcome from healthcare professionals, non-clinical staff, charities, patient associations, volunteers, patients, etc.*
This programme solely recognises work performed by/for the NHS. Private bodies are still eligible to apply, however, the project submitted must have been of benefit to the NHS and the patients under its care.
The expert panel is looking for entries that demonstrate, for example:
- Clearly identified aims, objectives and evidence of outcomes
- Delivery of an outstanding service supporting patients
- An improvement in patient care
- An improvement in patient experience
- Potential for uptake by other areas / organisations
- Cost effectiveness
- Patient stories demonstrating the benefit delivered
- Provision of a model for good practice
There are no set timeframes that initiatives must fall between to be eligible for entry. Prior to review by the expert panel, entries are anonymised to ensure impartiality.*The Ophthalmology Honours are designed to recognise excellence within the ophthalmology community. Pharmaceutical company entries will not be accepted.
The 2018/19 results were announced at the Ophthalmology Honours presentation on Thursday 7th March 2019 at BMA House, London. The event was an opportunity to share best practices and initiatives that demonstrated clinical excellence in ophthalmology and improved patient care.
Not enough recognition is given to those delivering excellent ophthalmology care. Having initiatives recognised by the expert panel is a way of highlighting the outstanding work being carried out and the efforts being made to advance patient care and improve the patient experience at your centre.
Feedback from 2017 honourees
“It’s great to see the hard work and dedication from ophthalmology teams across the UK recognised and rewarded, as well as ideas exchanged and best practice shared. The evening was inspiring and I would encourage other units to put themselves forward for next year.”
Outstanding Nurse or Allied Health Professional – Highly Commended
“Going into work at St Paul’s every day and dealing with the volume of patients I see, sometimes it’s easy to forget the impact my role has on patients’ lives. This award has helped me to remember. I was overwhelmed to receive the winner’s award simply for doing a job I am so passionate about, especially when the other finalists in my category were all so deserving of the award as well.”
Royal Liverpool Hospital – Best patient support or education initiative – honouree
“The Honours were an excellent opportunity to learn about best practice in ophthalmology. I hope our initiative inspires others to integrate mental health into their routine practice. As an ECLO I feel very proud to contribute to improving the service for our patients with sight loss and I am humbled by the recognition the project has received”
King’s College Hospital – Best patient support or education initiative – highly commended