Fran collecting her award
Sue collecting her award

East Kent Hospital colleagues Highly Commended in Ophthalmology Awards

Sue Walker and Fran Smith of East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust walked away highly commended from the Bayer Ophthalmology Awards last week.

Sue, a Specialist Ophthalmic Science Practitioner was nominated for the Outstanding Ophthalmology Nurse Award, while Fran was praised for her role as an Eye Clinic Liaison Officer.

Sue said: “I was honoured to be nominated and would like to express my thanks to the Acute Macular Degeneration Team for all their support and dedication in coping with the demands of a busy service.

“I’d also like to say a big thank you to Sarah Stirrup, our research nurse, who nominated me.”

Eye Clinic Liaison Officer Fran said: “It was a great night and I am so grateful to the whole team I work with. We really wouldn’t be here without them!”

The awards programme run 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 initiatives that demonstrate clinical excellence and innovation in the area.   

Commenting on this year’s entries, Augusto Azuara-Blanco, Professor of Ophthalmology, Queen’s University Belfast and judging panel member, said: “This was another great year for the Ophthalmology Honours.

“Not only did we see the same level of high quality entries as last year, we also saw an increase in the number of winners so we had such a difficult job deliberating and selecting the final results.

“All of the winners and finalists should be extremely proud of their work and other centres across the UK should look to their colleagues for examples of best practice and innovation in eye health.”