Posted By: Angela Smith

Date 02-05-18

Moorfields Stars!



Volunteers recognised for long service and contributions to Moorfields at ‘Moorfield’s Stars’.

Friends are delighted that volunteers were recognised for the first time at Moorfields Stars ceremony.

The annual Moorfields’ Stars awards ceremony took place on Tuesday 6 March 2018, at Plaisterers’ Hall, London. Staff, volunteers and their guests enjoyed a memorable afternoon to recognise and reward the academic, professional and volunteering achievements of colleagues throughout 2017.

Now in its ninth year, Moorfields’ Stars of 2017 celebrated staff and volunteers through more award categories and a record number of nominations, over 400 in total. Thank you to Moorfields Eye Charity for supporting the awards scheme and event.

The ceremony began by celebrating those who have achieved academic success, those who have achieved long-service and retirement after long-service, colleagues who have received recognition externally, and our employees of the month who demonstrate ‘The Moorfields Way’

In the second half of the ceremony, the winners of the prestigious competitive categories were announced. Shortlisted finalists in each award category were selected by judging panels representative of staff from across the trust.

Volunteer of the Year: Winner: William Davis for his exceptional organisational skills to help manage the medical imaging reception desk every Wednesday. William has built a strong rapport with patients, particularly patients who require special attention. He is an invaluable support for staff in a very busy clinic. (Also shortlisted: The Friends Shop Team and Sylvia Jenkins

Patients Choice (Individual) Winner: Clerical Officer Kai Owens – for his dedication and compassion toward patients, making them feel supported during their visits to City Road. Patients commented on Kai’s ability to provide a first class service, always with a friendly smile. (Also shortlisted Nicola Dunlop, nurse consultant and Charlie Fergie, paediatric staff nurse)

Patients Choice (Team) Winner: Louisa Wickham and the vitreo-retinal team at Moorfields at St George’s – this team has had an immense impact on patients. The team provide an excellent, efficient and caring service, building trust with patients and providing the highest quality care to patients with sight threatening conditions.

Moorfields Eye Charity award for innovation: Winner: Dawn Sim,  consultant ophthalmic surgeon – for her passion and drive to improve our patients’ experience and working practices for staff by adopting new cloud based technology to make sure the right patients are referred to Moorfields. Dawn has led a pilot to introduce innovative technology to the trust that improves collaboration and learning with high street optometrist practices. (Also shortlisted: Shaun Kirupairatnam, digital applications and informatics architect, and The Vanguard Team)

Moorfields Eye Charity Champion Winner: Flossie Donovan for her passion and commitment to support Moorfields Eye Charity through fundraising activities and being a positive role model and active ambassador for the charity. (Also shortlisted Pete Jones, post-doctoral research associate, UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and Mariya Moosajee, consultant ophthalmologist and senior lecturer

Team of the Year Winner: Ealing day care and theatre team – despite working in a challenging environment, the team works efficiently and effectively to deliver an excellent service to patients, nominations for the team praised their caring and organised approach. (Also shortlisted The Arts committee and the Refractive laser nursing team)

Start of the Year Winner: David Sheridan Contact Lens Technician – for taking on considerable responsibility to manage the contact lens laboratory for a period of six months on his own. David went the extra mile to fulfil orders for patients who needed them urgently and always demonstrates a positive and collaborative approach to his work with colleagues. (Also Shortlisted Julie Dolan, receptionist and Ella Preston, intravitreal injection database coordinator)

Chairman’s award for outstanding contribution to Moorfields. Winner Paul Sullivan , consultant ophthalmologist, for his dedication and commitment to Moorfields’ trainees, no other ophthalmologist in the country has contributed to the training and support of so many ophthalmic registrars; over 60 each year. Paul has played a significant role and had a game changing impact on the trust’s medical education programme.