We are delighted that TEAMeD was awarded the Judges' Special Award at the Bayer Ophthalmology Honours 2015.  

TEAMeD’s application – ‘Improving outcome for patients with thyroid eye disease (TED) through prevention, early diagnosis and early intervention’ described work carried out since 2010 and highlighted TEAMeD’s key aims:

  • Provision of good quality information for patients
  • Implementation of preventive measures
  • Early diagnosis
  • Timely access to eye/endocrine care
  • Promotion of research in the field

Judges' comments:

It was noted that this innovative service provides thorough, good quality information for patients, preventive measures, early diagnosis, timely access to care and promotion of research in the field. It is clear that patients really benefit from this service and the performance of the team is outstanding and has the potential for global impact.

“This is a fantastic team providing fantastic care. It is an amazing initiative which doesn’t quite fit into any single category in this year’s awards but it has strong aspects of each of the three group categories and so all of the judging panel agreed that this entry should be recognised and awarded the Judges’ Special Award. The performance of this team is outstanding and a thorough service is being provided which is something that patients will really benefit from. We believe that one day every Trust will be using their guidelines.”The application described work undertaken since 2010 to bring about improvements for people with thyroid eye disease – see below.

Bayer Ophthalmology Honours awards ceremony - recognising and celebrating the outstanding work in ophthalmology in the UK

The Bayer Ophthalmology Honours winners were announced on 2 December 2015 during a ceremony hosted by OBE and veteran of the British Army, Simon Weston, recognising and celebrating the outstanding work being carried out by multi-disciplinary teams in ophthalmology throughout the UK.

The awards, running for the first year, launched by Bayer HealthCare and supported by the Macular Society and the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), identified exceptional initiatives that demonstrate clinical excellence and innovation in ophthalmology.

The development of the awards programme was guided by a steering committee of experts including consultant ophthalmologists, specialist nurses and representatives from the Macular Society and RNIB. The large number of entries were judged by the steering committee alongside other experts in ophthalmology care, with the decision-making process being wholly independent from Bayer.

Commenting on this year's entries, Helen Devonport, Consultant in Ophthalmology, Bradford Royal Infirmary and judging panel member, said "The quality of the entries received and the fact the we deliberated long and hard over selecting the winners, should give us great pride that, as a community, we are always striving to provide the best care we can to achieve optimum clinical outcomes for patients. All of the winners have shown that they are among the best at delivering clinical excellence and innovation in ophthalmology and should therefore be incredibly proud of what they have achieved."

Commenting on the success of the awards, Dr Jackie Napier, Medical Director Ophthalmology, Bayer HealthCare said: "At Bayer we are committed to the ophthalmic community and to improving outcomes for patients with sight-threatening eye conditions. Initiatives such as the Bayer Ophthalmology Honours have been developed to recognise excellent patient care and those who deliver it, in order to support and facilitate the sharing of innovation within the clinical community. We hope that this awards programme will continue to be of great value and support to the ophthalmology community for years to come.

"Bayer Ophthalmology Honours not only supports the sharing of best practice at a clinical level, it also recognises the entire multi-disciplinary team that cares for patients, including volunteers and essential non-clinical staff. I would encourage everyone in the ophthalmology community to enter the awards and to share the outstanding work that is being carried out across the UK."

Further information on the results, categories and entry process for Bayer Ophthalmology Honours can be found at www.ophthalmologyhonours.co.uk