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About the awards

Welcome to Bayer’s awards programme, the Ophthalmology Honours. These awards recognise and celebrate, on an annual basis, the outstanding work being carried out by multi-disciplinary teams in ophthalmology throughout the UK. The awards identify exceptional initiatives that demonstrate clinical excellence and innovation in ophthalmology, and recognise exceptional individuals who improve the quality of care provided to patients and the patient experience. Although funded and facilitated by Bayer, the awards are 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 2016 awards winners and finalists, visit our results page.

The 2017 programme is now open for entry. The entry deadline is Friday 18th August 2017.

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 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.

Statements from the steering committee:

"The Ophthalmology Honours provides an effective means of both recognising and learning from new ways of working that will help improve the quality of patient care."

Jenny Nosek, Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Ophthalmology
Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

"The Ophthalmology Honours brings recognition for high-quality, patient-focused, standards of care. By identifying, recognising and sharing examples of good practice, the programme aims to support ophthalmology services across the UK in their mission to provide patients with the best possible care."

Helen Devonport, Consultant in Ophthalmology
Bradford Royal Infirmary

Ophthalmology Honours supporters in 2017

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.*

The judges are looking for entries into the awards to 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

Initiatives can have been implemented at any time; there are no set timeframes that initiatives must fall between to be eligible for entry. Prior to judging, 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.

Awards ceremony

When and where will the awards be presented?

All shortlisted entrants will be notified in October 2017. Award winners will be announced at the Ophthalmology Honours ceremony, to which all short-listed entrants will be invited, on Wednesday 6th December 2017 at BMA House, London. Further details of the evening will be shared at a later date.

What does winning an award mean?

Not enough recognition is given to those delivering excellent ophthalmology care. Having your initiative shortlisted by the judges 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. All shortlisted entries will be presented with a framed certificate at the awards ceremony to take back to their organisation.

Feedback from the 2016 winners:

“To be recognised by others for this multi-disciplinary approach to revamping the Glaucoma services, with very hard working colleagues, is gratifying; freeing up consultant clinic time to see high-risk patients has followed training and development of non-clinical staff. We have a wonderful team.”

Anne Linnell, Glaucoma Consultant Lead,
Epsom and St. Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust

“Being involved in the Bayer Ophthalmology Honours awards enabled our team to reflect on the quality of service we are providing. Being awarded a highly commended award only reinforced the value of the service we provide to patients and their families. The awards enabled us to highlight our service both within the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital and the Neonatal Department at St. Mary’s Hospital. We would recommend entering this competition to any outstanding team large or small.”

Miss Sarah Chamney, Paediatric Ophthalmology Fellow,
Manchester Royal Eye Hospital

“We never expected to attend the ceremony and win. To realise we had, and to have our dedicated work recognised by national leaders within the eye care profession, was a great honour for the team and made us very proud of our department, particularly in this time of financial stringency.”

Mr William D Newman, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon & Neuro-ophthalmologist,
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

“Being a lone social care worker in a medical world can be quite daunting. It is a great privilege to have the role’s importance recognised by my medical colleagues. This can only lead to improved multi-disciplinary working and better support for the patient.”

Fran Smith, Eye Clinic Liaison Officer,
East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

“Our team was immensely proud to receive the award for Best Ophthalmology Care Innovation for a second consecutive year. The proposed system for improving service performance and patient experience in macular clinics has great potential for wide implementation in hospital-based Eye Units. Our hope is that it will help address well-established problems relating to complex patient pathways. We were particularly encouraged by the wonderful, supportive comments made by the panel of judges who expressed admiration for the initiative and highlighted its potential to improve macular services across the board.”

Dr Konstantinos Balaskas, Consultant Ophthalmologist and Medical Retina Specialist,
Manchester Royal Eye Hospital

“We were both delighted and very honoured to win this award in recognition of what can be achieved by close team collaboration between clinicians, scientists, and patients in the form of the national Stickler Syndrome Support Group. NHS England Specialised Services lead the way in providing and resourcing an MDT service unparalleled anywhere else in the world.”

Mr Martin Snead, Consultant Vitreoretinal Surgeon,
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

“I am delighted to learn of our team’s selection for the prestigious Ophthalmology Honours Judges’ Special Award. Thank you Ophthalmology Honours as each member of our team has been thrilled with this national recognition - a real boost for us to continue to deliver in future! I would like to thank our colleagues, hospital management and our patients for supporting our work.”

Professor Faruque Ghanchi, Head of Bradford Ophthalmology Research Network (BORN),
Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust