Trainee ophthalmologist is named one of HSJ’s “Rising Stars”
Reshma Thampy, a trainee ophthalmologist at the Eye Hospital has
been named as one of the Health Service Journal's "Rising Stars" at
this year's awards.
The HSJ panel reviewed the list and added their suggestions
before deciding on the final 25 nominees at a judging evening held
in early December at the HSJ offices. Judges considered
- Impact: how great an impact has the individual had?
- Change: to what extent is the individual changing
traditional attitudes or conventional approaches?
- Progression: to what extent has the individual shown
commitment to continually progressing his or her own career
- Leadership: is the individual supporting other younger
people to progress within healthcare?
The HSJ submission stated: "Ms Thampy is said to have shown
exceptional leadership qualities covering very diverse areas. These
have included improving the interface between consultant trainers
and trainees experiencing difficulty in training; the understanding
and working relations between the two groups have become better as
"Ms Thampy led a trust-wide review of venous thromboembolism
assessment. Her survey of attitudes to VTE assessment revealed the
root cause of poor uptake and resulted in a review of policy and
implementation across the trust.
"She is the first ophthalmologist to achieve a place on the
medical leadership programme, and has received a Nationa l
Institute for Health and Care Excellence scholarship to examine
barriers to implementation of NICE guidance in the glaucoma
"Ms Thampy raised national awareness of dog bite injuries in
children as a flag for initiating child protection measures. She
has mentored junior colleagues and is said to have a natural flair
for supportive leadership, communication and identifying an issue
with the ability to deliver a solution. It is believed she is
highly likely to become an influential leader in the future."