As traditional eye services play pandemic catch-up and new services are being developed at astonishing speed, we feel it’s vital to celebrate the wonderful work being done in glaucoma care.
Nominations for our 2023 award closed on Friday 6 January 2023. Thank you to all those who took the time to submit a nomination. We have been overjoyed to read of so many individual experiences which showcase the excellent work happening in glaucoma care.
The nominations we received by the closing date will be judged by a group of Glaucoma UK trustees who themselves have glaucoma. The winner will be announced at our AGM and Annual Lectures in March.
We’re delighted to announce that the winners of the award this year are Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (UHB) Primary Care Optometry and Secondary Care Glaucoma Teams and Gareth Bulpin, National Architect for Eye Care Digitisation. Together, they developed a new Electronic Patient Record (EPR) and electronic referral system for eye care in Wales, the first national system of its kind. The new system enables optometrists with additional glaucoma qualifications to assess glaucoma patients and a hospital consultant to then view their record virtually, allowing patients to be seen quicker and closer to home. Speaking about the impact the project has had, Gareth Bulpin, who accepted the award on behalf of the project team, said, “this work is saving the sight of the residents of Cardiff and Vale, it’s that simple. It’s saved some sight, however, there’s still more work to be done”.
Rashmi Mathew, Consultant Ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital, was awarded runner-up after being nominated by a number of her glaucoma patients for her outstanding care and kindness. One nominee shared that Ms Mathew had given them “confidence in dealing with the condition” as she “takes the time to assess your personal needs and gives attention to any concerns that are raised”. Rashmi Mathew said, “I do really try and look after my patients. It’s a real partnership. For my patients to nominate me has been a real honour.”
Our first ever Excellence in Glaucoma Care Award in 2019 was won by Professor Gus Gazzard and his Moorfields team, for the exceptional care given to people participating in the game-changing LiGHT study.