The public health community came together on Thursday 17 October at the RSPH Awards 2019, the UK’s premier national public health awards event, to celebrate outstanding contributions to championing the public’s health.
Now in its eleventh year, the Awards bring together a diverse range of organisations and individuals to celebrate outstanding contributions to improving and protecting the public’s health and wellbeing.
Following a rigorous judging process seven worthy organisations were named as winners in the Health and Wellbeing Awards 2019, recognising their achievements across a range of areas:
- Arts & Health Award 2019 winner: Creative Arts East
- Children & Young People Award 2019 winner: BZ Bodies
- Community Health Development Award 2019 winner: Basis Yorkshire
- Healthier Lifestyles Award 2019 winner: Sandwell MBC
- Health on the High Street Award 2019 winner: Essential Drug and Alcohol Services (EDAS)
- Public Mental Health & Wellbeing Award 2019 winner: Body and Soul
- Workplace Health & Wellbeing Award 2019 winner: Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies
Body and Soul were also presented with the esteemed Public Health Minister's Award 2019, which is presented to one of the seven Health & Wellbeing category winners.
For the third year, two Health & Wellbeing Awards 2019 finalists were also recognised with a Public Health England Commendation:
- Commendation for Sustainable Development: Bike for Good
- Commendation for Reducing Inequalities at Community Level: British Islamic Medical Association
In addition, Professor Hilary Graham and Professor Piran White were presented with the Public Health Journal Award 2019 supported by Elsevier for their paper Social determinants and lifestyles: integrating environmental and public health perspectives.
Held at the East Wintergarden in London, the ceremony was hosted by broadcaster Natasha Kaplinsky and RSPH President Professor Lord Patel of Bradford OBE, and guests also enjoyed performances from the English National Ballet's Dance for Parkinson's programme and Abba tribute band Name of the Game.
It also saw the premiere of the new film, Healthier Environments, RSPH's fifth collaboration with ITN Productions which takes a topical look at current public health challenges and initiatives.
Shirley Cramer CBE, Chief Executive, RSPH, said: “Every year, the RSPH Awards are a highpoint of the public health calendar, and represent an excellent opportunity to celebrate the hard work and innovation of those working to support the public’s health. It is wonderful to bring together such a diverse range of organisations and individuals to recognise the outstanding achievements of our award winners, who are all leading the way in their fields."
“The competition for the awards this year was tougher than ever, with a record number of entries and high quality across the board. I would like to thank all the entrants, and congratulate all our winners.”
Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive, Public Health England, added: “The commendations we have awarded cover two critical responsibilities for everyone in public service; reducing inequalities and sustainable development. Last night’s award-winning organisations have demonstrated that they are doing an exceptional job in addressing them.”