Eye health and sight loss professionals crowned at the Vision Pioneer Awards

Post date: 
Tuesday, 14 June 2016
Vision Pioneering Awards

The Vision Pioneer Awards 2016 were held last night to celebrate the outstanding work of professionals in the eye health and sight loss services across the UK. 

 
This is the first year of the awards, which were created by the 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 children, young people and adults who are blind or partially sighted. They 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. 
 

Vision Pioneer Awards 2016

The winners of the five categories were honoured at London’s Grange Tower Bridge Hotel.

They are: 
  • Campaign of the Year - No Water, by Irenie Ekkeshis
  • Innovation Award - Wayfindr by Royal London Society for Blind
  • Professional of the Year (Adults) - Simon Labbett, Rehabilitation Officer (Visual Impairment) at Bradford Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Professional of the Year (Children and Young People) - Paula Varney, Family Support Officer, at Vista
  • Team of the Year - Neuro-ophthalmic Visual Impairment in Children Clinic team, Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast Trust
Simon Labbett said: "For me, being awarded ‘professional of the year’ is a massive boost for Vision Rehabilitation professionals across the UK. Whilst I certainly love the variety that my job brings and set great store by learning from each person I work with, I know that my values and commitment are no different from many of my colleagues who are doing the same job.  I'm convinced that we have to make the profession much better known and appreciated amongst the general public and healthcare workers - we want to encourage more people into this line of work."
 
Lesley-Anne Alexander, Chair, 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 and supporting blind and partially sighted people.”
 

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