Moorfields’ Stars awards ceremony

The annual Moorfields’ Stars awards ceremony took place on Tuesday 28 March 2017, at Gibson Hall, London. Staff and their guests enjoyed a memorable afternoon to recognise and reward the academic and professional achievements of colleagues throughout 2016.

This year Stars was supported by Moorfields Eye Charity, represented on the day by Mervyn Walker, chair, and Robert Dufton, chief executive, who each presented an award. Mervyn presented the new charity champion award, won by Professor Jim Bainbridge for his continuous support and fundraising. Mervyn said:

The support of staff across the Moorfields network is invaluable to the charity. This award is an opportunity to recognise and thank some of our ambassadors across the trust who go to great lengths to help us raise funds to support research, education and patient care.

Robert with the #KnowYourDrops team

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 many employees of the month. We also celebrated our top performing virtual walk around the world teams.

Tessa Green, chairman of Moorfields Eye Hospital, said:


I am thrilled that we have celebrated the academic and professional achievements of so many staff – staff from a variety of locations and professions. It is the cohesion of our clinical, administrative and corporate teams – fully supported by the trust’s leadership – that makes Moorfields a world leading institution.

Now in its eighth year, Moorfields’ Stars of 2016 was the biggest celebration yet. The award categories have expanded to recognise more staff, more people achieved academic success and we received the highest number of nominations to date across service delivery, education and research.

In the second half of the ceremony, the winners of the highly coveted competitive categories were announced. Each award category had three shortlisted finalists, selected by judging panels made up of staff from across the trust.

Rob Jones and Peter Coggin

Rob Jones, vice chair of the Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust membership council, presented the patient choice award, which was awarded to Peter Coggin, senior ocular prosthetist, for his dedication and compassion toward his patients and for empowering them to independently maintain their treatment. Rob said:

We know from our Friends and Family Test results and the recent Care Quality Commission  inspection results that the service our patients receive is caring and effective. The quantity of nominations received from patients – 186 in total – from across the trust’s network is just a snapshot of the impact the trust’s remarkable staff have on the patient experience.

Robert Dufton, chief executive of Moorfields Eye Charity, presented the Moorfields Eye Charity award for innovation, research and education. Robert said:

Moorfields Eye Charity's award for innovation, research and education is a hugely important award acknowledging the fundamental importance of innovation, research and education to the trust.

The day was a huge success and a fantastic opportunity to thank the staff that do so much for the trust and the patients we serve. David Probert, chief executive, said:

Through the course of the award categories there was an abundance of evidence to show that Moorfields staff go above and beyond; from delivering exemplary patient care, to running educational campaigns and demonstrating how we can effectively support Moorfields Eye Charity. I have said this to many of you before, you – our staff – are our greatest asset. Moorfields wouldn’t be able to maintain its world-class reputation without you. It’s a privilege to be able to thank so many of you here today.

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

Chairman’s award for an outstanding contribution to Moorfields


  • Mukhtar Bizrah, specialist registrar – City Road
  • Lai Cheong, sister – Darent Valley
  • Carole Thomas, orthoptist – Croydon

Winner: Carole Thomas – for applying her 30 year ophthalmic career to lead the high-quality orthoptic and paediatric services at Croydon and Purley and successfully supporting the transition of services in these clinics.

Chief executive’s star of the year


  • Roxanne Crosby-Nwaobi, head of clinical research nursing – City Road
  • Aileen Quiroga, staff nurse – City Road
  • Heather Wilcox, executive assistant to the chief executive and chairman – City Road

Winner: Roxanne Crosby-Nwaobi – for her unfaltering commitment to the success of the clinical research facility and her caring and supportive nature towards patients and staff.

Moorfields’ team of the year


  • IT support services - trust-wide
  • New patient enquiry team - Moorfields Private
  • Northwick Park theatre team – Northwick Park

Winner: Northwick Park – the team received 22 nominations from staff across the trust, commenting on the team’s efficiency, attention to detail and organisational skills in addition to their caring and supportive culture within the team.

Moorfields Eye Charity’s award for innovation, research or education


  • Stephen Chinn, senior information analyst – City Road
  • Pearse Keane, honorary consultant – City Road and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology
  • #KnowYourDrops campaign team, pharmacy and communications, trust-wide

Winner: #KnowYourDrops campaign team – for innovatively and collaboratively educating staff, patients and stakeholders about the correct application of eye drops.

The charity champion award


  • Professor Jim Bainbridge, consultant ophthalmologist – City Road
  • Flossie Donovan, play specialist – Richard Desmond Children’s Eye Centre
  • Edmore Ncumbe, staff nurse – St. George’s

Winner: Professor Jim Bainbridge – for raising a significant amount of money for Moorfields Eye Charity during RideLondon 2016 and his continuous support for the charity’s fundraising team.

The patient choice award


  • Peter Coggin, senior ocular prosthetist – City Road
  • Hazel Lawrence, medical secretary – City Road
  • Mackellar Ward – City Road 

Winner: Peter Coggin – for his dedication and compassion toward his patients and for empowering them to independently maintain their treatment.