Specsavers’ biennial Awards for Excellence has seen more than 238 entries across 13 categories this year.

The awards ceremony that took place in Birmingham in November was hosted by actor James Nesbitt and was attended by more than 1,000 colleagues across 48 shortlisted practices.

A special award was given to Andy Britton, optometrist partner at Haverfordwest, for clinical excellence and furthering enhanced optical services (EOS) in Wales.

Paul Morris, Specsavers’ director of professional advancement, said: ‘Andy was given the award as recognition of over a decade of promoting clinical excellence in his peer group. His commitment to educating optometrists, pioneering services and working with health boards, Optometry Wales and the Specsavers group, while also leading his team, is exemplary.’

Britton said: ‘It was a complete surprise to hear I'd won and I was over the moon. The first person I called was my wife, who was very pleased even though I’d woken her up!’