The AOP has announced its shortlist for the AOP Awards 2019.
The Awards, which are headline sponsored by CooperVision, welcomed two new categories this year: Locum of the Year and Audiology Practice of the Year.
The Locum of the Year accolade, sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Vision, seeks a practitioner who “demonstrates a drive and commitment to enhancing their clinical skills for the benefit of patients.”
The shortlist is: Jason Searle, Kristen (Kris) James Cottier and Dr Valarie Jerome.
In its Audiology Practice of the Year the AOP is seeking a practice that can demonstrate how they have successfully integrated hearing care into their business, to complement their eye care services.
The shortlist is: Davies and Jones Optometrists and The Outside Clinic.
For the full shortlist, visit the AOP website. Voting will open on 1 October.
Following nominations, the shortlist was selected by a panel of judges from within the sector, including: academics Julie Hughes, Dr Byki Huntjens and Dr Nicola Logan; independent practice owner Brian Tompkins; dispensing opticians Fiona Anderson and Sally Bates; the AOP’s Dr Ian Beasley, Ceri Smith-Jaynes, Henry Leonard and Farah Topia; optometrist; and blogger, Lizzy Yeowart.
An AOP member-only vote for Frame of the Year and Product of the Year will open on 1 November. Voting will close on 12 December.
The winners will be revealed during a gala dinner and Awards ceremony at London’s ExCeL on 13 January.