Michael O’Kane, store director at Specsavers Morningside, won the highly coveted Optometrist of the Year title at the Scottish Health Awards, beating stiff competition from optical practices across Scotland at the glittering ceremony which was held at the Corn Exchange, Edinburgh.

Prestigious award

The Scottish Health Awards are the most prestigious and recognised awards for those working across NHS Scotland and its partners to deliver high-quality health and social care services to the people of Scotland.

Thanks to the team

Michael said: ‘I’m honoured to collect this prestigious award for NHS Lothian.

‘I’m extremely proud of my dedicated and professional team in Morningside and would like to thank my dear friend and operations manager, Joe Alubaid for his continued support.

‘Our store has invested heavily in innovative technology and in training to deliver the best clinical experience for our customers, and it is great to be recognised for our commitment.’

The award was presented by Nikki McElvanney from Optometry Scotland, the non-profit making body that represents the views of the country’s entire optical sector.

She said: ‘We are immensely proud to sponsor this award for the second consecutive year as we believe the industry in Scotland is full of some real stars and unsung heroes. Our huge congratulations to Michael O’Kane on this tremendous achievement.’

NHS Lothian walked away with three awards on the night including Dr Caroline Calvert of Bruntsfield Medical Practice who won the Doctors Award.

Award winning store

Michael also recently won the highly coveted Optometrist of the Year at the UK Optician Awards – as the only optician in Scotland to be shortlisted for the award – while his Morningside store scooped Technology Practice of the Year. He has also been named as a finalist in the Optometrist of the Year category for the Association of Optometrists (AOP) Awards in London in January.

He is studying for his Independent Medicines Prescribing qualification, holds a postgraduate qualification in Paediatric Eye Care, and works at The Edinburgh Eye Pavilion. He also has practising rights at The Edinburgh Clinic to help support the ophthalmology department and is studying a postgraduate qualification in Medical

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