Joining the list of celebrities and notable members of the public who were recognised in the 2020 Queens New Year honours list is our very own Sandra Taylor, a Senior Ophthalmic Research Sister in St Paul’s Eye Unit. Sandy was awarded an MBE for her services to nursing and eye research.
During her thirty years in St Paul’s, Sandy has been instrumental in many developments within the research team in how we detect, diagnose and treat eye disease.
Amongst a long list of notable achievements, Sandy was also a key member in the creation of our Clinical Eye Research Centre (CERC). From its initial major trial CERC has overseen eighty five trials with twenty two currently under way and twenty two in the pipeline. Of the eighty five trials, twenty have been to tackle many sight-loss related diseases, such as age-related macular degeneration, nineteen are for diabetes and ten for uveitis. Sandy was also instrumental in creating nurse lead clinics and wet age-related macular degeneration clinics in order to enhance the patient experience and to cut waiting times for patients.
Sandy was part of the team that administered the first ever treatment for wet age related macular degeneration in the UK.
Sandy said: “It's a great honour to receive an MBE - I am shocked but also I'm very delighted! This award is principally about putting patients first and foremost in everything we do. However, you can't do it alone. I've been fortunate to work with amazing colleagues, patients, partner organisations, such as NIHR and commercial companies, and above all, family members, who have always supported me. I’m grateful for the patients who participate in research as without them we could not progress with our clinical trials.
“For me, this hasn’t been a job but a journey. To be awarded such an honour for my profession, I am truly humbled and I’m delighted to have been a part of this for so many years.
I look forward to continuing this important and exciting work.”