• Ophthalmology Honours

    Entries to the Ophthalmology Honours 2018 are now closed

    Results will be announced at the Ophthalmology Honours presentation on 7th March 2019.

  • Ophthalmology Honours Bradford

    See the 2017 honourees and entrants

    The 2017 results were announced at the Ophthalmology Honours event on Wednesday 6th December 2017 at BMA House, London. Read more

Watch footage from the 2017 event

About the programme

Welcome to Bayer’s Ophthalmology Honours. This annual programme recognises the outstanding work being carried out by multi-disciplinary teams in ophthalmology throughout the UK. It identifies initiatives that demonstrate clinical excellence and innovation in ophthalmology, and recognises exceptional individuals who improve the quality of care provided to patients and the patient experience. 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 2017 shortlisted entries, visit our results page.

Entries to the Ophthalmology Honours 2018 are now closed.
 Results will be announced at the Ophthalmology Honours presentation on 7th March 2019.

Mission statement:

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

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 will be anonymised to ensure impartiality.

*The Ophthalmology Honours are designed to recognise excellence within the ophthalmology community. Pharmaceutical company entries will not be accepted.
When will we be notified about our submissions?

All shortlisted entrants will be notified in October 2018 and will be invited to attend the Ophthalmology Honours presentation on 7th March 2019.

When and where will the Ophthalmology Honours be presented?

The Ophthalmology Honours presentation will be held on 7th March 2019 at BMA House, London.

What does it mean to be recognised at the Ophthalmology Honours?

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.

How will our personal data be handled?

Bayer plc is the data controller of any personal data that you provide for the purposes of your entry into the Ophthalmology Honours programme (e.g. name, organisation, title, contact details). Health Unlimited Limited is engaged by Bayer to organise the Ophthalmology Honours programme. The personal data that you provide will be used for the purpose of facilitating the review of the entries by the panel, notifying you of the outcome of your submission, and organising the Ophthalmology Honours presentation. For more information on how Bayer holds your personal data, please see our privacy policy.

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.”

David Steel, nominated Steve Dodds
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.”

Corinna Swift, St. Pauls Eye Unit,
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”

Adrian Iuga, Eye Clinic Liaison Officer,
King’s College Hospital – Best patient support or education initiative – highly commended