After a thorough and rigorous judging process, the shortlist for the Health & Wellbeing Awards 2017 has been confirmed.
This year saw the submission of 18% more entries than in 2016, demonstrating that the programme continues to increase in stature and recognition. RSPH would like to thank all the entrants for contributing to that success and all the work that went into preparing their applications.
Now in its tenth year, the Health & Wellbeing Awards is the UK's premier awards scheme for promoting health and wellbeing.
The Awards recognise and celebrate a wide range of activities, policies and strategies that empower communities and individuals, improve the population’s health and address the wider social determinants of health.
Health & Wellbeing Awards 2017 shortlist
Music for Change is a multi-stranded arts-based programme tackling low levels of school readiness, poor speech, language and communication development, and low levels of family engagement among children aged 0-4 years and their families in one of the most deprived parts of central London.
A Choir in Every Care Home is a UK-wide initiative which supports innovative, sustainable and effective music interventions for older people.
Supported by 35 national organisations including the CQC, it has created the largest ever review of published evidence about music for older people and several practical toolkits.
Museums on Prescription addressed issues of loneliness and social isolation in vulnerable older adults.
Participants referred by health, social care and third sector organisations, took part in 10-week programmes of museum-based sessions located in central London and Kent consisting of tours, talks and creative activities inspired by the collections.
Trending is a new concept clothing bank, providing good quality clothing to people in Middlesbrough so that they can be better equipped for employment, education and training.
People bid for items through a Facebook page and collect clothing from the boutique-inspired Trending shop, enabling people to accept clothing donations with dignity.
Active Local Links is a project based on the Isle of Dogs that sets out to address heath inequalities through asset-based community development.
Run by Mytime Active, the project acts as a catalyst to release the potential of residents and local partners and ultimately develop Active Local Linkers who champion health and wellbeing in their community.
Through the Signal Box Community Educational Hub, The Friends of Hednesford Park holistically targets health issues through free weekly activities for vulnerable adults and young people.
Supported volunteers then provide community events in the park and the local community.
Project HE:RO addresses physical, emotional and cognitive health challenges faced by children aged between 5 and 11 through the placement of highly trained and motivated Health Mentors in schools.
The programme currently operates in Birmingham, Bradford, Cardiff, Coventry, Lincoln, London, Nottingham, Sandwell, Scunthorpe and Wolverhampton.
Fit to Tackle is a targeted weight management programme for inactive, obese males in disadvantaged areas of Warrington.
Initially a 12 week pilot, it has developed into a sustainable outcomes model: the cornerstone of changing perceptions in terms of physical and mental health, social wellbeing and partnership working.
The all-Wales Nutrition Skills for LifeTM programme provides training and initiatives to support community workers, volunteers and peer leaders to promote healthy eating across the life course.
By training those who understand the needs of local people, communities across Wales are empowered to access a healthy diet.
Mind and Body is an early intervention programme that supports young people involved in or deemed vulnerable to self-harming behaviours.
It is currently delivered across Kent, Cornwall and Lancashire and helps participants to talk openly about mental health; reducing stigma and helping them develop more positive coping strategies.
Since 1994, Mosaic Clubhouse has helped people affected by mental illness to increase their engagement and participation in the local communities in the London Borough of Lambeth.
This initiative supports people living with a mental illness to have a productive and satisfying quality of life.
Reading Well Books on Prescription helps people manage their health and wellbeing through recommending helpful reading.
The books can be recommended by a health professional or users can self-refer, and titles are available to borrow for free from public libraries in England.
Best Beginnings aims to inform and empower parents and professionals to reduce health inequalities, so that all children in the UK have the best start in life, by creating and distributing engaging digital resources that are fully endorsed and recommended by healthcare professionals, training healthcare professionals and influencing policy.
Healios is a specialist provider of psychological services focused on delivering improved outcomes and user experience for people affected by mental illnesses.
It is the only provider of online Family Intervention (FI), enabling patients and their families to access the same high quality care no-matter where they are in the country.
FallsFree4Life (FF4L) aims to provide early detection of falls risk using innovative QTUG technology and prevention interventions to lower risk, prevent hospital admissions, and reach BME populations.
Both Bracknell and Slough Councils have commissioned FF4L for their 65+ years and 60+ years residents respectively.
Nestlé UK and Ireland’s Employee Health & Wellbeing Programme holistically promotes healthy behaviours and helps employees develop a broad understanding of health improvement, so that they can make informed choices about their health and live longer and more productive lives.
The Better Health at Work Award provides a structured approach to tackling health inequalities in the workplace.
A range of interventions and campaigns (e.g. diet/nutrition and mental health) are delivered and advocates recruited/trained to champion health and wellbeing activities, currently in over 60 workplaces across County Durham. Benefits of the Award include reducing absenteeism and improving staff morale.
Southampton Solent University’s health promotion service recognises that the settings in which people live their daily lives are crucial in determining their health.
It works to create supportive environments for health via a wide range of programmes, helping the university community to take more control over, and improve, its health.
Category winners will have the opportunity to be selected for the prestigious Public Health Minister’s Award, while all finalists will be considered for two new special commendations to be given by Public Health England (PHE).