CMFT medical illustrator’s work honoured with three awards from prestigious national organisation

A medical illustrator and clinical photographer from Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) has picked up three accolades in the Institute of Medical Illustrators Professional Awards.

Geraldine Thompson, Operations Manager and Healthcare Scientist in the Clinical Photography and Medical Illustration team here at CMFT, picked up two bronze awards and a prestigious gold honour in the annual contest.

The competition celebrates the best clinical and non-clinical photographs which are selected by high-ranking members and juror’s from the profession and Wellcome.

Geraldine submitted three images; one clinical and two bacterial plate photographs which she took as part of special projects last year.

The bronze prize winning images detailed bacteria growth on transparent agar, one showing ‘rugose’ patterning of growth and the other showing bacterial growth with ‘metabolites’ (small round suppurating bubble’s on the growth).

The gold award went to Geraldine’s photograph of the morphology of the linear sebaceous naevus macro condition in children, which she now hopes to submit to the British Association of Dermatologists for publication.

Geraldine said: “I am delighted to have received the news that I have won not one, but three awards from such a respected organisation for my craft. It is wonderful that we are able to celebrate the work of clinical photographers and illustrators who work so hard with partner organisations including other clinical, academic and healthcare providers, police, lawyers, and safeguarding teams, to support the important delivery of high patient care and clinical research studies.”

Since 1968, the Institute of Medical Illustrators has set and maintained standards for the medical illustration profession, bringing together the disciplines of clinical photography, medical art, illustration, graphic design and video within healthcare. The Institute’s members are made up of highly-specialised and skilled people contributing to the care of patients and the teaching of medicine and allied health subjects.