Who judges the entries?

Although funded and facilitated by Bayer, entries are independently judges by experts in ophthalmology care. This includes the steering committee that guide that programme, and additional representatives to ensure a multi-disciplinary judging panel. The decision making process is wholly independent of Bayer. The 2017 judging panel included:

Steering Committee

Clare Bailey Clare Bailey Consultant in Ophthalmology, Bristol Eye Hospital

Clare has been a Consultant Ophthalmologist at Bristol Eye Hospital since 2001, with a specialist interest in medical retinal disorders. She is Clinical Director of the Retinal Treatment and Research Unit at Bristol Eye Hospital, and is joint clinical lead of Bristol Eye Hospital.

Helen Devonport Helen Devonport Consultant in Ophthalmology, Bradford Royal Infirmary

Helen is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, specialising in medical retina and uveitis at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. She is the lead for the Macular Service and the Uveitis Service in Bradford and is involved in clinical research in medical retina and uveitis.

Stevie Johnson Stevie Johnson Clinical Lead, RNIB Eye Clinic Support Service

Stevie is Clinical Lead at RNIB, working to improve the quality and impact of service for people affected by sight loss. She and her team design effective, evidence based practice, offer professional development programmes and practical support for regional or country service delivery teams and UK-wide services.

Jenny Nosek Jenny Nosek Ophthalmic Advanced Nurse Specialist, Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

Since completing her master’s degree at Birmingham University in 1995, Jenny has continued to work in ophthalmology both commercially and in the NHS, specialising in the care of patients suffering with macular pathology. She has published several papers relating to evidence base nursing practice in ophthalmology.

Alison Oliver Alison Oliver Chief Executive Officer, Visionary

Alison is the CEO of Visionary, the membership organisation for the local sight loss charities across the UK. As part of this role Alison sits on the UK Vision Strategy Leadership Group and represents local organisations in national sector discussions.

Additional judges

Augusto Azuara-Blanco Augusto Azuara-Blanco Professor of Ophthalmology, Queen’s University Belfast, and Honorary Consultant Ophthalmologist, BHSCT

Augusto’s clinical work is focused on glaucoma but his academic career is wider as he is trying to improve outcomes of people with eye diseases (such as AMD, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma) by investigating the effectiveness and safety of new technologies. He has raised over £10 million in research grant funding from NIHR, MRC and EU-H2020.

Usha Chakravarthy Usha Chakravarthy Professor of Ophthalmology, Queen’s University Belfast

Usha has a varied portfolio of research interests and is recognised internationally for her work on age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. She has in excess of 300 publications, has served on the editorial board of several national and international journals. In 2016 she was awarded a CBE for services to Ophthalmology in the UK and was also the recipient of the Macula Society’s Alan Alderman award.

Roshini Sanders Roshini Sanders Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Edinburgh and Consultant in Ophthalmology, Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline

Roshini is a regional trainer for glaucoma in South-East Scotland, secretary of the Scottish Glaucoma Club, chief organiser of the Scottish Glaucoma Symposium and co-founder of the glaucoma surgery wet lab at the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh. She is currently National Clinical Lead for the Scottish Eyecare Integration Project, Chair of SIGN guidelines for glaucoma and Ophthalmology Advisor to NHS Scotland.

Abigail Iron Abigail Iron MR co-ordinator, West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

Abigail has over 20 years’ experience as an orthoptist and took on the role of MR co-ordinator in 2007 at West Suffolk Hospital. In addition to co-ordinating the busy medical retina service she participates in audit and research as well as maintaining her orthoptic duties and diagnostic imaging role.

How are the awards judged?

Following the entry deadline, all submissions will be anonymised (to ensure impartial judging) and reviewed independently by the judging panel. Judges will not review any entries submitted from their own centres (to avoid any conflicts of interest). Judges will allocate points as outlined in the entry form depending on the completeness and robustness of the information provided. The judges will come together in September to make final decisions on winners and finalists.

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.

“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