BBR Optometry, Rodenstock’s 2014 ‘Centre of Excellence’, is delighted to announce that two of its optometrists have been accepted in the prestigious Alcon Scholarship programme – an exceptional achievement as the Alcon Academy only offers places to approximately 20 students from across the UK each year.
The two year programme run by Alcon, one of the World’s largest contact lens companies, is designed to help scholars become ‘best-in-class Optometrists by increasing clinical knowledge and widening skill sets’.
Tracey Bolton began the Alcon programme at the start of last year; she says, “The programme offers a different perspective on a range of eye care practices from looking at the latest technology to developing in depth knowledge into eye disease. Those running the programme are at the forefront of their profession and include optometrists, ophthalmologists and market leaders.
“The Alcon Academy even has a purpose built wet lab which enables the scholars to experience eye surgery on dummy eyes. The programme is divided into several touch points. The next touch point in 2015 will be held in Germany at the Alcon base in Frankfurt which I'm sure will again provide a great insight into this constantly evolving profession.”
Laura Nixon recently heard that she had been accepted and will begin her studies in Surrey later this month. “The application was process was long, with a series of multiple choice questions, patient scenarios and finally a personal statement. The company explained that this year they had a record number of applicants so I was extremely pleased to be accepted.” said Laura.
“I decided to apply for the scholarship as I was seeking a new clinical challenge which would interest me personally and would also benefit my patients. Working in two Independent practices has already given me a good foundation and the Alcon scholarship will hopefully build on what I have already learnt.”
BBR has an established reputation for supporting both its own staff and a number of visiting students and healthcare professionals with their ophthalmic training.
Practice owner, Nick Rumney, says, “BBR is exceptionally proud of the amount of ongoing training staff undertake in order to ensure our patients constantly benefit from the best eye care possible and we wish Laura and Tracey every success in their studies.”
Tracey concludes, “To summarise, the Alcon Scholarship programme is an exciting and excellent opportunity and one which I am sure will bring great benefits to our patients at BBR Optometry.”