BBR Optometry is delighted to announce that one of its optometrists, Laura Reece, has been accepted onto the prestigious Alcon Scholarship programme – an exceptional achievement as the Alcon Academy only offers places to around 20 students from across the UK each year.
The two-year programme run by Alcon, one of the world’s leading contact lens companies, is designed to help scholars become ‘best-in-class Optometrists by increasing clinical knowledge and widening skill sets’.
Laura, who graduated from the University of Manchester with a Masters of Optometry (MOptom) in July 2014, said: “I applied for the Scholarship as I am interested in progressing clinically to offer the latest knowledge to my patients. It will also widen my clinical care skills so I can keep up-to-date with how Optometry is progressing as a profession. “
The programme, which starts in Surrey in September, lasts for two years with five touch points, one being in a European destination yet to be announced, and will cover clinical knowledge, personal improvement, research into different aspects of optometry and also explore leadership and business skills.
Laura added: “I am currently responsible for Orthokeratology (Ortho-K) at BBR and have a particular interest in myopia control. I am also part way through my Independent Prescribing Course and am set to start my clinical placement at Hereford’s Victoria Eye Unit soon.
“BBR patients will benefit as the practice always offers the latest technologies in both eye examinations and clinical care and I believe the Alcon Scholarship will help me build on my current skills and options available to patients,” she added.
Laura follows another BBR staff member, Laura Nixon, as an Alcon scholar and she is currently in the programme’s second year.
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 and BBR chairman, Nick Rumney, says, “BBR is exceptionally proud of the amount of on-going training our staff want to undertake in order to ensure our patients constantly benefit from the best eye care possible and we wish Laura every success in her studies.”
Ever wondered why there are so many Lauras at BBR? Find out more by watching this video on our YouTube channel.