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Nominations now open for RNIB’s Vision Pioneer Awards 2017

20 September 2017

RNIB’s Vision Pioneer Awards will be back on 12 December 2017 to recognise the hard work and dedication of people working in the eye health and sight loss sectors.

Nominations are now being accepted for the awards which aim to champion and celebrate good practice and honour the achievements of sight loss pioneers, committed to supporting children, young people and adults who are blind or partially sighted.

This year, the RNIB Vision Pioneer Awards are launching three new categories. They are the Lifetime Achievement Award, Teacher of the Year Award, and the Voice of the Community Award.

For the first time, the Voice of the Community Award will give blind and partially sighted people the opportunity to recognise an eye health and sight loss sector professional who has had a significant impact on their or someone else’s sight loss journey.

Other award categories are:

  • Campaigner of the Year Award
  • Innovation Award
  • Professional of the Year Award
  • Team of the Year Award.

The winner of last year’s Team of the Year Award was the Neuro-Ophthalmic Visual Impairment in Children Clinic (NOVIC) at Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast Trust.

Sonia George, Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmologist involved in establishing NOVIC, explained: “I think the awards are a super opportunity for people whose work is otherwise unrecognised. For us, the main thing has been that the winning of the award has strengthened our case for continuing our service long-term.”

Acting Chief Executive of RNIB, Sally Harvey, said: “I am delighted to be launching RNIB’s second Vision Pioneer Awards.

“Coming together to recognise and celebrate the exceptional work of our ophthalmologists, nurses, occupational therapists, Eye Clinic Liaison Officers and many more professionals is vital.  We want to give them the recognition they deserve for the part they play in making life better for people with sight loss.”

The awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday 12 December at the Royal College of Nursing’s prestigious head office, at 20 Cavendish Square. The event is being sponsored by SpaMedica, one of the biggest NHS providers of cataract surgery.

If you are proud of a colleague, or something you or your team has achieved, submit a nomination today.