Nominations are now open for the 2019 AOP Awards.
Individuals and groups are encouraged to put themselves forward for the accolades that aim to recognise the achievements of those in the profession who go above and beyond the call of duty.
The AOP has announced the introduction of two new awards categories for 2019: Locum of the Year, sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, and Audiology Practice of the Year.
Speaking about the new categories, chief executive of the AOP, Henrietta Alderman, said: “Optics is changing, and our new accolades reflect the diversity and dedication of those at the forefront. We know that locum optometrists play a vital role in providing flexible, high-quality patient care and we want to recognise that. Equally, many practices are increasingly going above and beyond to provide primary care services in their community, our Audiology Practice of the Year award is about celebrating that commitment.”
Other awards returning include: Optometrist of the Year, Dispensing Optician of the Year, Contact Lens Practitioner of the Year, Optical Team of the Year, Newly-qualified Optometrist of the Year, Student of the Year, Lecturer of the Year, Charity of the Year, Health and Wellbeing Pratice of the Year, and Practice of the Year, which is sponsored by Optos.
The AOP Awards has grown in popularity since they were launched in 2011, with this year’s Awards attracting more than 30,000 votes. As a result, for 2019, online voting specialists Mi-Voice will manage the nomination and voting process.
Reflecting on the 2018 Awards, Heather McKeown, practice manager for Sinead McGurk Opticians, which won Practice of the Year, said winning was “truly special.”
“To be recognised for doing what you love doing every day is just great,” she added.
Nominations will close on 20 July.
The AOP Awards 2019 will take place at London's ExCeL on 13 January alongside 100% Optical.
For a full list of categories, as well as more information on the nomination process, visit the AOP website.