The public health community came together on Thursday 27 October at the RSPH Awards 2016 – the UK’s premier national public health awards event – to celebrate outstanding contributions to championing the public’s health.
Six worthy organisations were named as winners in the Health & Wellbeing Awards, recognising their achievements across a range of areas:
- Arts & Health Award 2016 winner: Centre for Performance Science. A partnership of the Royal College of Music and Imperial College London
- Community Health Development Award 2016 winner: FORWARD
- Healthier Lifestyles Award 2016 winner: Food Nation CIC
- Public Mental Health & Wellbeing Award 2016 winner: Livewell Southwest
- Technology & Health Innovation Award 2016 winner: Barts Health NHS Trust Sexual Health Services
- Workplace Health & Wellbeing Award 2016 winner: A-One+ Integrated Highway Services
Two of the above winners were also presented with the prestigious Public Health Minister’s Award (a scheme launched in 2014 in partnership with the Department of Health) by Nicola Blackwood MP, recognising them for public health excellence and innovation in the UK:
- A-One+ Integrated Highway Services
- Food Nation CIC
In addition, celebrity chef and health campaigner, Jamie Oliver, was presented with an award for Outstanding Contribution to Championing the Public’s Health, in recognition of both his high profile campaigning on childhood obesity and the on-the-ground community work of his Food Foundation.
Held at the Royal College of Surgeons in London, the awards ceremony was hosted by TV presenter Angela Rippon and Professor Lord Patel of Bradford OBE, and saw performances by comedian John Ryan and the North London Military Wives Choir.
It also saw the premiere of RSPH’s new film, Championing the Public’s Health – a collaboration with ITN Productions which takes a topical look at current public health challenges and initiatives.
Organisations interested in entering the Health & Wellbeing Awards 2017 can register their interest here.
Shirley Cramer CBE, Chief Executive of RSPH, said: “The RSPH Awards is a major highlight of the public health calendar, and this year the event is bigger and better than ever. It is a great morale booster for the public health community to be able to come together in this way, celebrate best practice and share innovation. RSPH congratulates all of the organisations who have been shortlisted or won awards, all of whom have come through against stiff competition and are trailblazers and exemplars in their field.”
Nicola Blackwood MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health and Innovation, said: “I am delighted to be able to award this year’s Public Health Minister’s Award jointly to Food Nation for its Food Education through Cooking Skills programme and A-One+ Integrated Highway Services for its Better Health at Work initiative. Both are outstanding examples of how organisations, large and small, can improve health and wellbeing in their communities, through developing local skills, knowledge and networks to direct interventions to where they are most needed.”