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General Optical Council eBulletin 25
October 2015

VISION 2020 UK announces Astbury Awards winners

VISION 2020 UK have announced the winners of the 2015 Astbury Awards.

Now in their second year, the awards, named for former VISION 2020 UK Chair and inaugural recipient Nick Astbury, were set up to recognise excellence in collaboration and co-operation within the eye health and sight loss sectors.

This year’s winner is Rachel Pilling, for excellence in collaboration, working with The Bradford Learning Disability Eye Service. The service has brought together community health, hospital eye services, education, voluntary sector, patients and carers to improve access to eye health for adults and children with learning disabilities

Due to an exceptional entry the judging panel also recognised Andy Cassels-Brown with an award for lifetime achievement. Since completing his MSc in Community Eye Health in 2000, Andy became the UK’s first NHS Consultant in Community Eye Health and has sustained great commitment to innovate, implement, evaluate and publish on a wide range of programmes on both a national and international level.

Highly Commended certificates were awarded to Guide Dogs and Microsoft for the Cities unlocked project ; Henshaws and Guide Dogs for Wheelchair and Guide Dogs training; RNIB Scotland Dementia in West Dunbartonshire and RNIB learning disabilities specialist training (VILD).

VISION 2020 UK CEO, Mercy Jeyasingham, commented, “We are very aware of how often collaboration goes unnoticed. Important collaborative work goes on behind the scenes in the various VISION 2020 UK Special Interest Committees and elsewhere which produces excellent outcomes but receive little acknowledgement. The Astbury award was created to celebrate this work and to allow us to show how effective and powerful collaboration can be.”

Including the winners there were 11 shortlisted entries for the Astbury awards 2015. Details of all the shortlisted projects can be found at



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