Dr Scott Mackie receives two fellowships

Mackie was welcomed as a Fellow (by portfolio) of the Association of Optometrists Ireland, and also received the College of Optometrists’ fellowship

Scottish optometrist, Dr Scott Mackie, has received two fellowships from optometry associations, recognising his work within the profession.

Mackie, who owns Mackie Opticians in Bothwell and Lesmahagow, was presented with a fellowship by the Association of Optometrists Ireland (AOI) at the organisation’s annual conference in November, where he had been in attendance to present a peer review case study, Freedom to provide person centred eye care The Scottish revolution.

The fellowship was presented by president of the AOI, John Weldon, who said: “Scott has been a member of the association and we were absolutely delighted to see him apply for fellowship of our professional body. Scott’s body of work as an advocate of the profession is exemplary and so worthy of recognition, that as president it was a pleasure to be the one to shake Scott's hand to welcome him as the newest Fellow (by portfolio) of this association.”

Mackie also attended the College of Optometrists’ diploma ceremony to receive a Fellowship (by portfolio) award, given in 2020.

Dr Scott Mackie with College of Optometrists president, Professor Leon Davies
The ceremony, the first since 2019, was held in Central Hall in Westminster and was extended to allow for optometrists who qualified in 2020 to be recognised.

The fellowship by portfolio recognises excellence and innovation in the workplace, and the work of individual optometrists to advance their profession.

Commenting on the achievement, Mackie said: “Getting recognition from your peers that you have made a difference for your specialist interest, which is education, is humbling and I was delighted to attend both meetings to collect my fellowship in person.”

The College awarded 17 fellowships by portfolio at the diploma ceremony.