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Anju Bhatti, Optalis

Lifetime Achievement Award



“You can’t help but be moved by Anju’s entry” were the judges’ words when reading the nominations for the Lifetime Achievement Award. 


Anju came to England in 1972 as a refugee from Uganda. After becoming a carer for her mother and sister, she trained as a nurse before qualifying as a social worker in 1992. She is currently part of the Brokerage and Professional Support service at Optalis, an LATC owned by Wokingham Borough Council.


Her vast experience and unwavering dedication to means she is a highly valued and well respected member of her team. She combines her social work and nursing skills to achieve consistently positive outcomes for service users, working tirelessly to help others in their lives.


Anju is also a keen volunteer and in 2007 she set up Vision Bharat UK, a charity which provides eye care to under privileged communities across India. Every year she uses her annual leave to visit India and assist in the charity’s eye camps.  


Recently she spent three month’s volunteering for Help Age India in Mumbai, setting up free health camps and medical units to support older people, providing practical help to the local community and advising local groups and the police on recommended services and safeguarding protocol. 


What was said about Anju:

“Anju is not just a social worker; she is an amazing individual who uses her whole self, personal skills and resources as well as her professional skills to make an incredible difference to and enrich the lives of others.” – Linda Robson, Service Manager, Optalis


“It is clear to see that Anju has carried out excellent social work throughout her career. To then take her knowledge and skills to another country and make a difference there shows just how committed she is.” – Carol Long, Chief Executive, Young Epilepsy


“A true professional, Anju is committed to ensuring vulnerable customers are treated with dignity and respect and that their independence is protected. She unobtrusively demonstrates all the attributes and values that are essential in the field of social work.” – Róisín Bailie, IP Organiser, Optalis


“Anju is an extremely caring social worker who works very conscientiously on behalf of her clients to secure the best possible outcomes for them.  The knowledge that being a qualified nurse brings her is invaluable and enables her to make a holistic assessment of cases to the benefit of her clients.” – Heather Gibb, Senior Social Worker, Optalis



  • Andrew Williamson, NHS Coastal West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group & Exeter Primary Care            
  • Carol Long, Young Epliepsy
  • Jo Cleary


  • Val Thompson, Birmingham City Council - SILVER AWARD WINNER
  • Margaret Bersey, Plymouth City Council
  • Anju Bhatti, Optalis - GOLD AWARD WINNER