Dr Phil Hammond to host AOP Awards 2018

The comedian and health campaigner will present 15 awards on the night

Dr Phil Hammond

The AOP has announced that Dr Phil Hammond will host the AOP Awards 2018, which will be held on 28 January 2018 during 100% Optical.

Dr Hammond is a regular on Have I Got News for You, and has presented five series of Trust Me, I’m a Doctor, as well as being Private Eye’s medical correspondent for 25 years.

He is a qualified GP and currently works in a specialist NHS centre for children and adolescents with the chronic fatigue syndrome, myalgic encephalomyelitis.

The journalist, broadcaster, campaigner and comedian will present 15 awards on the evening, including the new category, Health and Wellbeing Practice of the Year.

Commenting on the 2018 awards host, AOP chief executive, Henrietta Alderman, said: “Wellbeing in the profession is a key strand of work for the AOP and with this year’s awards recognising the importance of wellbeing at work, Phil Hammond, who’s dedicated so much of his time to improving the quality of life for others, feels like the ideal choice.”

Dr Hammond added that he was very excited to be involved with the 2018 AOP Awards. “Last year’s entries showed just how much ambition and passion there is within the profession, and I’m looking forward to meeting those making an important difference in this vital sector,” he explained.

Public voting for the awards is open until 12 December and winners will be announced during a black-tie ceremony at London's ExCeL Exhibition Centre. For more information on how to book your place at the awards, visit the AOP website.