Vision UK recently announced the winners of three new thematic awards and the Astbury, and David Burt OBE Awards at the Forward View Eye Health and Sight Loss Conference held in collaboration with the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM).
Other awards focused on the recognition of work across four key themes:
- Evidence and statistics
- Services, support and care
- Research, cures and treatments
The 5 awards were presented at the after-conference reception by Nigel Clarke, Chair of Vision UK and Michele Acton CEO of RSM. The awards were sponsored by Mr Nick Astbury the former Chair of VISION 2020 UK and the winner of the inaugural award.
The winners and nominees
The Vision UK Award for Excellence in Evidence and Statistics 2019 had 3 nominees: Professor Irene Stratton, Ms Parul Desai and jointly Professor Jugnoo Rahi, Ms Lola Solebo and Mrs Phillippa Cumberland.
Professor Jugnoo Rahi, Ms Lola Soleba and Mrs Phillippa Cumberland were awarded a Highly Commended certificate for systematic evidence reviews. The winner was Irene Stratton, who was awarded for work achieved across her whole career working in diabetic eye disease.
The Vision UK John Thompson Award for Excellence in Services, Support and Care 2019 had 6 nominees: Amanda Hawkins and Dr Mhairi Thurston; Devon in Sight; Henshaws; NHS England Optometry Learning Disability Stakeholder Working Group; Seeing Beyond the Eyes team; and the Starting Point Working Group.
Amanda Hawkins and Dr Mhairi Thurston were awarded a Highly Commended Certificate for the Counselling for Sight Loss Accreditation Course. The Winner was Daniel Williams, Jayshree Vasani and Peter Black for the Seeing Beyond the Eyes project.
The winner of the Excellence in Research, Cures and Treatments award was Lola Solebo et al. for their project focusing on Intra-ocular lens implantation in children under 2 years with congenital/infantile cataract (IoLu2 study).
The David Burt OBE Award which awards research and projects around the prevention of sight loss had 2 nominees: The Seeing Beyond the Eyes team and Subhash Suthar from International Glaucoma Association (IGA).
The winner was Subhash Suthar, Development Manager at the IGA for his career contributions to eye care and eye health.
The Vision UK Astbury Award recognises excellence in collaboration within the eye health and sight loss sector, 2019 had 7 nominees: NHS England Optometry Learning Disability Stakeholder Working Group; Professor Jugnoo Rahi; Ms Parul Desai; RNIB UK Practice and Development Team; Seeing Beyond the Eyes team; Mr Simon Labbett; and Vision Greater Manchester.
Simon Labbett was awarded a Highly Commended Certificate for promoting the profession of Visual Impairment Rehabilitation. The winner was Professor Jugnoo Rahi for her work in paediatric ophthalmology and prevention, treatment and alleviation of childhood blindness through collaboration in research and service provision over her whole career.
Matt Broom CEO Vision UK said:
“We are delighted by the range and value of the work represented by the nominees and winners of our awards. By celebrating success we can inspire and encourage the great work going on in the eye health and sight loss sector. The Astbury Award is particularly important as it celebrates the power of collaboration to make change which is key to all the work of Vision UK.”