This award recognises charities from all corners of the eye health sector, including those who are dedicated to research, raising awareness of optical issues, or supporting people with vision impairments. Nominees for this award will be able to evidence an outstanding and successful initiative from the past 12 months, which demonstrates innovations in research, education, campaigning or profile-raising activities.
With a full grasp of product range and innovation, the Contact Lens Practitioner of the Year will be a champion for contact lens wear in the practice and beyond. Nominees will be able to demonstrate how they have expanded the presence of contact lenses within the practice and through their promotion have seen patient uptake of lenses grow.
The Dispensing Optician of the Year will have an encyclopaedic lens knowledge, which they have utilised to find creative solutions for patients’ individual needs. Nominees will be able to demonstrate a dedication to keeping up-to-date with new innovations in frames and lenses and can show evidence of their leadership within the practice, supporting colleagues and promoting eye health.
Entries are invited for a frame brought to market in the last three years (at the time of application submission) that has had a significant impact upon the wearer and the dispensing practice or practitioner. The impact could have been aesthetic, emotional or financial in nature. The design might be broad in appeal, forward-thinking in style or innovative in material. It might be the pioneer of a whole new trend phenomenon. The way in which it was marketed and presented to the profession and to a wider audience might also be considered. The judge will welcome samples, case studies or measures of its success.
This award will recognise a practice that understands the important role that health and wellbeing can play in job satisfaction. Nominees must be able to demonstrate the initiative they have put in place to motivate, engage and support their staff. They will have established the awareness of wellbeing and the important role it can play, recognising that a happy, healthy workforce is essential for a successful business.
This award will recognise a hospital optometry team who has created a new system or clinic, or branched into an area of ophthalmology, pioneering the way for future hospital optometrists and helping patient care in busy departments. This may include expansion of services across the primary and secondary care interface. The award will also recognise a hospital optometry team that makes an outstanding contribution to core services. Maintaining high standards of care and attention, and looking to improve their service for the comfort of patients across fields such as contact lenses and paediatrics. The ‘team’ can be a sub-section of a hospital optometry department; however, it cannot be a lone-worker.
Recognising teaching at the highest level, nominees will be able to demonstrate a commitment to dynamic and informative teaching methods, which inspires clinical excellence amongst students. Showing great pastoral care, in addition to academic inspiration, nominees will have a lasting positive impact on patients.
The Lifetime Achievement Award is selected by an AOP panel, including our Chief Executive and Chair.
Sponsor: Johnson & Johnson Vision
Nominees will be optometrists who have been qualified for up to three years (from their date of registration on the GOC list at the time of application submission) who have launched themselves into the early years of their career with enthusiasm and professionalism. Going above and beyond their day job, this optometrist will be able to demonstrate a keen interest in the profession in its wider context.
This award will recognise an optometrist who has combined a commitment to patient care with hands-on clinical expertise. Nominees will be leading figures in their community practice or in a hospital setting and will demonstrate their support for the development of colleagues. A team player within the wider optical community, the winner of this award will also play a role in initiatives designed to support the profession.
Sponsor: Optos PLC
This award will go to the person dedicated to delivering the best possible customer experience in the practice. Nominees will have a demonstrable interest in furthering their eye care knowledge, including taking an interest in the technology available in the practice. They will show outstanding support to the team while providing unique and creative customer service.
This award is for an optical product brought to market in the last three years (at the time of application submission). This category seeks to highlight organisations that have identified new products and successfully brought them to market or adapted an existing product for a new market. Entrants must be able to clearly demonstrate that there was a demand for the innovation and that the innovation has proved successful in line with the objectives set.
This award will recognise an optometry student, dispensing optician student or pre-registration optometrist who can demonstrate initiative and drive to improve their fellow students’ participation in, and awareness of, optical issues. Nominees will be able to demonstrate a passion for the profession and evidence of their status as 'an optical leader of the future'.
The Vision and Hearing Care Practice of the Year will be able to demonstrate how they have successfully integrated hearing care into their practice to complement their eye care services. Nominees will be able to outline the benefits that this supplementary service has brought to their patients, staff and the practice.