Moorfields’ Stars of 2017

The annual Moorfields’ Stars awards ceremony took place on Tuesday 6 March 2018, at Plaisterers’ Hall, London. Staff, volunteers and their guests enjoyed a memorable afternoon to recognise and reward the academic, professional and volunteering achievements of colleagues throughout 2017.

Now in its ninth year, Moorfields’ Stars of 2017 celebrated staff and volunteers through more award categories and a record number of nominations, over 400 in total. Thank you to Moorfields Eye Charity for supporting the awards scheme and event.

The ceremony began by celebrating those who have achieved academic success, those who have achieved long-service and retirement after long-service, colleagues who have received recognition externally, and our employees of the month who demonstrate The Moorfields Way.

In the second half of the ceremony, the winners of the prestigious competitive categories were announced. Shortlisted finalists in each award category were selected by judging panels representative of staff from across the trust.

Details on the winners in each category can be found below. Congratulations to all of our winners and finalists!

Chairman’s award for an outstanding contribution to Moorfields

Winner - Paul Sullivan, consultant ophthalmologist

For his dedication and commitment to Moorfields’ trainees, no other ophthalmologist in the country has contributed to the training and support of so many ophthalmic registrars; over 60 each year. Paul has played a significant role and had a game changing impact on the trust’s medical education programme.

Moorfields’ star of the year


  • Julie Dolan, receptionist
  • Ella Preston, intravitreal injection database coordinator
  • David Sheridan, contact lens technician

Winner: David Sheridan – for taking on considerable responsibility to manage the contact lens laboratory for a period of six months on his own. David went the extra mile to fulfil orders for patients who needed them urgently and always demonstrates a positive and collaborative approach to his work with colleagues.

Moorfields’ team of the year


  • Arts committee
  • Ealing day care and theatre team
  • Refractive laser nursing team

Winner: Ealing day care and theatre team – despite working in a challenging environment, the team works efficiently and effectively to deliver an excellent service to patients, nominations for the team praised their caring and organised approach.

Moorfields Eye Charity award for innovation


  • Shaun Kirupairatnam, digital applications and informatics architect
  • Dawn Sim, consultant ophthalmic surgeon
  • Vanguard team

Winner: Dawn Sim – for her passion and drive to improve our patients’ experience and working practices for staff by adopting new cloud based technology to make sure the right patients are referred to Moorfields. Dawn has led a pilot to introduce innovative technology to the trust that improves collaboration and learning with high street optometrist practices.

Moorfields Eye Charity champion


  • Flossie Donovan, senior play specialist
  • Pete Jones, post-doctoral research associate, UCL Institute of Ophthalmology
  • Mariya Moosajee, consultant ophthalmologist and senior lecturer

Winner: Flossie Donovan– for her passion and commitment to support Moorfields Eye Charity through fundraising activities and being a positive role model and active ambassador for the charity.

The patient choice award - individual

  • Nicola Dunlop, nurse consultant
  • Charlie Fergie, paediatric staff nurse
  • Kai Owens – clerical officer

Winner: Kai Owens– for his dedication and compassion toward patients, making them feel supported during their visits to City Road. Patients commented on Kai’s ability to provide a first class service, always with a friendly smile.

Listen to Patrick Stovell, patient, talk about why Kai Owens is our 2017 individual patient choice winner

 The patient choice award - team

  • Gill Adams and the paediatrics and strabismus team
  • Louisa Wickham and the vitreo-retinal team at Moorfields at St George’s
  • Observation ward

Winner: Louisa Wickham and the vitreo-retinal team at Moorfields at St George’s– this team has had an immense impact on patients. The team provide an excellent, efficient and caring service, building trust with patients and providing the highest quality care to patients with sight threatening conditions.

Listen to Ieva Kubliete, patient, talk about why Louisa Wickham and the vitreo-retinal team at Moorfields at St George’s is our 2017 team patient choice winner.

Moorfields’ volunteer of the year

  • William Davis, Friends of Moorfields volunteer
  • Sylvia Jenkins, Friends of Moorfields volunteer
  • The Friends of Moorfields shop, City Road

Winner: William Davis – for his exceptional organisational skills to help manage the medical imaging reception desk every Wednesday. William has built a strong rapport with patients, particularly patients who require special attention. He is an invaluable support for staff in a very busy clinic.

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