Honorary Lecturer, Manchester University
Peter Frampton has now been made an Honorary Lecturer at Manchester University.
Aaron's has also accepted the offer from Manchester University to be an affiliate clinical practice to help train their Master of Optometry students. This is a great honour and we work in conjunction with Royal Manchester Hospital, and of course Manchester University.
Fellowship of College of Optometrists
Peter Frampton was awarded Fellowship of the College of Optometrists. A Fellowship is the highest honour to be bestowed by the College and the award citation reads:
'in recognition of his commitment to clinical excellence'.
To be acknowledged by your peers is a great honour. We certainly do strive to give a clinically excellent service under extremely difficult financial constraints.
Medical (IP) Optometrist
Peter Frampton was one of the first 30 optometrists to be awarded Independent Prescriber status. Independent Prescribing Optometrists can now treat eye disease and prescribe ocular drugs, independently of a GP or hospital.
The ability to treat eye disease directly, rather than referring to the RVI, means problems can be dealt with promptly and conveniently. Instant access to Independent Prescribers is one of the most important services supplied as part of our contact lens clinical service as well as for patients on our Eyeplan scheme.
Northumberland Care Trust Innovation in Practice award
Aaron's was joint winner of the Innovation in Practice award for those who have demonstrated excellence in the manner in which they work and the services they provide.
Outstanding Optometrist of the Year
Peter became the first individual, and Aaron's the first practice, to be awarded this prestigious honour. The award was presented by Alistair MacGowan and Chris Bennett in the Hilton Birmingham Metropole.
Technology Practice of the Year
On the same night we were awarded Optometrist of the Year we also received Technology Practice of the Year - reflecting our commitment to ensuring the highest standard of clinical care. But of course we must never rest on our laurels; we continue to invest in state-of-the-art technology to aid the earliest detection and monitoring of eye conditions. Our latest piece of equipment is the Ocular Coherence Tomographer (OCT), which allow us to visualise within the retinal and optic nerve layers.
Northumberland Care Trust award -'Innovation in Practice - pushing the boundaries'
Our very first award was the Northumberland Care Trust award - 'Innovation in Practice - pushing the boundaries' for our Patient Transport Service for less mobile patients. This evolved from our frustration in not being able to access the very best equipment when visiting someone in their own home. By supplying a door-to-door service, many people who are less mobile can access the full clinical services available at the practice. We are very proud of this innovation; we know of no other equivalent service anywhere in the country.