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Date: 10/10/2016

Hereford last’s remaining independent Optometrists, BBR Optometry, has scooped a shortlist hat-trick in the prestigious Association of Optometrists [AOP] Awards 2016 – and the winners will be decided by a public vote.

Dedicated to recognising the highest levels of achievement in UK optics, the AOP Awards are a notable event on every Optometrists calendar, and this year BBR Optometry is ecstatic to have been shortlisted under three individual categories:

Laura Reece, who graduated from the University of Manchester with a Masters of Optometry [MOptom] just two years ago has been shortlisted for the ‘New Optometrist’ award, impressing judges with her dedication to on-going training and development and of course, to all BBR patients.

Laura said: “I am honoured to have been shortlisted for this award as I am constantly inspired to learn as this improves the attentiveness and compassion I can give to all my patients which being shortlisted recognises.”

BBR Director, Nick Black, has been shortlisted as a finalist for the ‘Contact Lens Practitioner of the year’ award for the second time this year. Having established an industry leading reputation, Nick attracts contact lens patients from across the UK and overseas, impressed by his ability to ensure all patients, no matter how complex the case, receive the best possible outcome.

Nick said: “It feels fantastic to be nominated for this award. I am very much a team player, so to receive recognition as an individual is deeply satisfying.”

Finally, Chairman of BBR Optometry, Nick Rumney, has been shortlisted as a finalist for ‘Optometrist of the Year’. A well-deserved nomination, Nick Rumney holds many prestigious accolades to his name, whilst striving to help individuals worldwide receive vital eye care.

Nick said he was delighted to have made it to the shortlist in this category, commenting: “Accolades are all very fine and large but it’s humbling to put a nomination to a public vote and see what staff, patients, colleagues and industry think of you!”

Daniel Read, Practice Manager for BBR Optometry, said: “On behalf of the rest of the team here at BBR and I, we are extremely excited about all three nominations in this year’s AOP Awards, and certainly believe that they are all deserving winners.”

“The nomination comes at an excellent time for Laura, who whilst undertaking additional traning in Independent Prescribing, has recently been accepted as one of 20 on the prestigious Alcon Scholarship programme, and again for Nick Black who is gaining increasing recognition for his skill and dedication as a contact lens practitioner – not forgetting Nick Rumney, who inspires both optometrists and patients across the globe with his dedication to ophthalmic technologies and patient care.”

AOP Chief Executive, Henrietta Alderman, said the Awards is “about celebrating the talent and expertise of practitioners who contribute so much to the public and profession”. She added: “this year we have seen some remarkable candidates put forward who demonstrate real commitment and skill in delivering for patients as well as playing an important role in the optical community. We are looking forward to giving them the recognition they deserve.”

People are urged to vote for Laura, Nick and Nick in the public vote by visiting www.aop.org.uk/awards before midnight on Sunday 18 December. You can only vote once in each category but you can vote for all three BBR staff.

Results will be announced at a black tie dinner on Sunday 5 February 2017.