This Milton Keynes Hospital employee has an eye on award success, after being nominated for the Macular Society’s Awards for Excellence.
Caroline Pearson works as an eye clinic liaison officer in the Milton Keynes Hospital Eye Clinic, and as a rehabilitation worker in the community visiting clients in their own homes to assess their needs.
She is now in the running for the ‘Support and Community Rehabilitation Professional of the Year’ award, recognising her exceptionally good practice in the care of people with macular degeneration.
Caroline said: “I was really delighted to be nominated. When I was told I took a double take! People often say to me how grateful they are for all the help and support, but it was so nice to think that someone out there had thought about nominating me for the Award. I was just amazed.
“Meeting and supporting Patients within the Eye Clinic who have been diagnosed with a significant sight loss and supporting patients through that process is a key part of my role. I often then support these same Clients in my role as the Rehabilitation Worker allowing good continuity of support for Clients at what is a very difficult time.
“I feel very privileged to work with my Clients and it gives me an enormous amount of pleasure to feel that I have helped Clients in some small way to come to terms with a different chapter in their lives.”
Caroline’s nomination will now be handed over to the judges, who will present them awards at the society’s annual London conference on 27 September.
Tony Rucinski, chief executive of the Macular Society, said: “Caroline Pearson has done exceptionally well to be nominated for this award and we’re very grateful for the fantastic work she has carried out in Milton Keynes.
“It’s always heartening to hear how people have made such a difference to the lives of others. There are some really inspiring people working within the sector and volunteering within the local community for people with visual impairments. I’m proud that we can honour them in this way.”