Family support officer crowned Professional of the Year

Post date: 
Thursday, 30 June 2016
Paula Varney

Paula Varney, Family Support Officer at Vista, won Professional of the Year (Children and Young People) at the Vision Pioneer Awards 2016.

The awards were held in June to celebrate the outstanding work of professionals in the eye health and sight loss sectors across the UK.

“I actually don’t think I’ve won this award for me, to be fair. I think I’ve won it for the amazing team that I work with, the amazing team at Vista and the amazing team at the Leicester Royal Infirmary” said Paula (shown on left).

Created by UK Vision Strategy in collaboration with RNIB and NB Online, the awards champion and celebrate good practice and honour the achievements of professionals committed to supporting blind and partially people. The awards also aim to raise awareness of sight loss and the importance of quality eye care by striving towards the outcomes of the UK Vision Strategy.
Watch the ceremony highlights below:

Vision Pioneer Awards 2016

Winners of the five categories were announced at London's Grange Tower Bridge Hotel. The other awards were taken home by:
  • Campaign of the Year – No Water by Irenie Ekkeshis
  • Innovation – Wayfindr by Royal London Society for the Blind
  • Professional of the Year (Adults) – Simon Labbett, Rehabilitation Officer (Visual Impairment) at Bradford Metropolitan Borough Council and Chair of the Rehabilitation Workers' Professional Network
  • Team of the Year – Neuro-Ophthalmic Visual Impairment in Children clinic team at Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast Trust
Lesley-Anne Alexander, Chair of the Vision Strategy Leadership Group and Chief Executive of RNIB, said: "When we set up these awards we wanted to discover some exceptional professionals, campaigns and projects that make a real difference to the lives of people with sight loss. All of our winners demonstrate dedication and excellence, and are helping to prevent sight loss or empowering blind and partially sighted people.”

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