Posted: Monday 11th December 2017
Hertfordshire County Council’s Sensory Services Team and Jackie Kidd, Senior Deafblind Worker 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 Sensory Services Team is nominated for Team of the Year and Jackie has been nominated for the Professional of the Year Award.
The Sensory Services team faced a turbulent start to January 2016, following a shortage of staff and rehabilitation (rehab) officers but with their positive can-do attitude, the team turned the situation around and were able to supporting all of the waiting list of service users with visual impairments. The team also developed a specialist career progression scheme for rehab and deafblind workers, called the Sensory Career Progression scheme, which is unique in 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.
Sponsored by SpaMedica, the annual RNIB Vision Pioneer Awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday 12 December 2017 at the Royal College of Nursing and will celebrate good practice within the sight loss and eye health sector, and honour the achievements of professionals committed to supporting blind and partially sighted people.
Sabina Iqbal, Sensory Services Team Manager at Hertfordshire County Council, said: “I’m thrilled that Jackie has been nominated for this award as well as the Sensory Services Team. She is always willing to take on tasks and nothing is too big for her to tackle.”
“We strive for best practice in supporting VI and Deafblind service users (children and adults) and ensure assessments and support for those using the service are met.”
Jackie Kidd, finalist for the Professional of the Year Award, said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be nominated for this award. It’s a brilliant feeling to know that the sight loss and eye health sector values my commitment to supporting blind, partially sighted and deafblind people.
“I’m looking forward to going to London to meet other professionals who are passionate about improving the lives and support available for people affected by sight loss.”
Sally Harvey, Chief Executive of RNIB, said: “When we set up the Vision Pioneer Awards we wanted to discover inspirational professionals, campaigns and projects that make a real difference to the lives of people with sight loss.
“All of those shortlisted demonstrate dedication and excellence help to prevent sight loss or encourage and support blind and partially sighted people. We really value all of our finalists and the outstanding dedication they have shown.”
The six other Vision Pioneer Award categories are:
- Campaigner of the Year Award
- Innovation Award
- Teacher of the Year Award
- Team of the Year Award
- Voice of the Community Award
- Lifetime Achievement Award.
For more information about the awards, please visit: http://www.rnib.org.uk/professionals/vision-pioneer-awards