An Edinburgh optician has won a health award which recognises those who go the extra mile to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Scotland.
Michael O’Kane, (above right) store director at Specsavers in Morningside, Edinburgh, won the highly coveted Optometrist of the Year title – sponsored by Optometry Scotland – beating stiff competition from optical practices across Scotland at the glittering ceremony which was held at the Corn Exchange, Edinburgh.
The Scottish Health Awards are the most prestigious and recognised awards for those working across NHS Scotland and its partners to deliver high quality health and social care services to the people of Scotland.
Michael says: ‘I’m honoured to collect this prestigious award for NHS Lothian.
‘I’m extremely proud of my dedicated and professional team in Morningside and would like to thank my dear friend and operations manager, Joe Alubaid for his continued support.
‘Our store has invested heavily in innovative technology and in training to deliver the best clinical experience for our customers, and it is great to be recognised for our commitment.’
The award was presented by Nikki McElvanney (above, left) from Optometry Scotland, the non-profit making body that represents the views of the country’s optical sector.
She says: ‘We are immensely proud to sponsor this award for the second consecutive year as we believe the industry in Scotland is full of some real stars and unsung heroes. Our huge congratulations to Michael O’Kane on this tremendous achievement.’
NHS Lothian walked away with three awards on the night including Dr Caroline Calvert of Bruntsfield Medical Practice who won the Doctors Award.
Michael also recently won the highly coveted Optometrist of the Year at the UK Optician Awards – as the only optician in Scotland to be shortlisted for the award – while his Morningside store scooped Technology Practice of the Year. He has also been named as a finalist in the Optometrist of the Year category for the Association of Optometrists (AOP) Awards in London in January.
He is studying for his Independent Medicines Prescribing qualification, holds a post-graduate qualification in Paediatric Eye Care, and works at The Edinburgh Eye Pavilion. He also has practising rights at The Edinburgh Clinic to help support the ophthalmology department and is studying a post graduate qualification in Medical Retina studies with Moorfields Eye Hospital, London.
You can vote for nominees in the Association of Optometrists (AOP) Awards here.
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