Posted: Thursday 18th January 2018
The Sensory Services Team and Jackie Kidd, Senior Deafblind Worker of Sensory Services, have both been shortlisted for the Royal National Institute of Blind People's (RNIB) Vision Pioneer Awards.
The awards acknowledge outstanding teams and professionals providing exceptional care and support for children, young people or adults with sight loss.
The annual RNIB Vision Pioneer Awards ceremony took place on Tuesday 12 December 2017 at the Royal College of Nursing. The event celebrated good practice within the sight loss and eye health sector, and honoured the achievements of professionals committed to supporting blind and partially sighted people.
The Sensory Services Team was awarded Team of the Year Finalist and Jackie was awarded Professional of the Year Award Finalist.
“Their success is due to their positive outlook; they have supported all of the waiting list of service user with visual impairments. Alongside this, they have also produced a specialist career progression scheme for rehab and deafblind workers which are called the ‘Sensory Career Progression Scheme’ which is exclusive to the sector.”
“As a Senior Deafblind Worker, Jackie Kidd takes on multiple complex deafblind cases per week, and supports the visually impaired (VI) waiting list by doing low vision, lighting and daily living skills assessments. On top of Jackie's caseload, she leads the Deafblind Service, which often necessitates joint working, champions Sensory Services, and supports colleagues.”
The Judges for Team of the Year category commented Hertfordshire Sensory Services:
“This team have strengthened their roles to endeavour to deliver improved services to people with sensory impairment. They have shown evidence of bolstering their own team members as well as providing for the community.” Sonia George, Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmologist and Ophthalmic Surgeon at Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
“The method by which Hertfordshire Council’s Sensory Services Team turned around a workforce crisis to enable services to be provided and expanded to their clients is a lesson to all struggling with a similar problem. The answer is simple 'education, education, education'.” Professor Stephen Vernon, Professor of Ophthalmology at the Royal college of Ophthalmologists.
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