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Health and Social Care Board welcomes CBE Award for leading Eye Consultant


The Health and Social Care Board is delighted to learn that Professor Usha Chakravarthy, Professor of Ophthalmology at Queen’s University Belfast’s School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, and Honorary Ophthalmologist at Belfast Trust, has been awarded the CBE in the latest Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Head of Ophthalmic Services at the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB), Raymond Curran, said Professor Chakravarthy’s award was highly deserved.

Mr Curran said: “Professor Chakravarthy is internationally acclaimed for her research and clinical excellence in the preservation of human vision. She has been an esteemed member of the ‘Developing Eyecare Partnerships’ strategic Project Board, led by the HSCB and PHA, and continues to contribute widely to improve the provision of eye care in Northern Ireland.

“Prof Chakravarthy’s expertise has been central to major pathway redesign which has benefitted many patients in Northern Ireland. Since its inception, the Developing Eyecare Partnership has reduced referrals into high-demand specialist ophthalmology glaucoma and ocular hypertension clinics by 65%; has piloted a successful “red eye” scheme within Southern Local Commissioning Group, treating people closer to home and out of hospital; and is providing clearer and patient-centred pathways for people with macular eye disease.”