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 

Arts & Health Award

Creative Futures (UK) Limited – Music for Change

Creative Futures (UK) Limited – Music for Change
Photo: Paul Grover for
Creative Futures

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.

 

Live Music Now – A Choir in Every Care Home

Live Music Now – A Choir in Every Care Home
Photo: Jonny Campbell

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.

 

University College London and Canterbury Christ Church University – Museums on Prescription

University College London and Canterbury Christ Church University – Museums on Prescription
Photo: University College
London

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.

 

Community Health Development Award

Actes Trust – Trending

Actes Trust – Trending
Photo: Actes Trust

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.

 

Mytime Active – Active Local Links

Mytime Active – Active Local Links
Photo: Mytime Active

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.

 

The Friends of Hednesford Park – The Signal Box Community Educational Hub

The Friends of Hednesford Park – The Signal Box Community Educational Hub
Photo: The Friends of
Hednesford Park

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.

 

Healthier Lifestyles Award

Evolve: A Social Impact Company – Project HE:RO (Health Engagement: Real Outcomes)

Evolve: A Social Impact Company – Project HE:RO (Health Engagement: Real Outcomes)
Photo: Evolve 2017

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.

 

LiveWire (Warrington) CIC – Fit to Tackle

LiveWire (Warrington) CIC – Fit to Tackle
Photo: Livewire

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.

 

Public Health Dietitians in Wales – Nutrition Skills for Life

Public Health Dietitians in Wales – Nutrition Skills for Life
Photo: Public Health
Dietitians in Wales

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.

 

Public Mental Health & Wellbeing Award

Addaction UK – Mind and Body

Addaction UK – Mind and Body
Photo: Addaction UK

Mind and Body is an early intervention programme that supports young people involved in or deemed vulnerable to self-harming behaviours.

Mind and Body 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.

 

Mosaic Clubhouse – Mosaic Clubhouse

Mosaic Clubhouse – Mosaic Clubhouse
Photo: Mosaic Clubhouse

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.

 

The Reading Agency and the Society of Chief Librarians – Reading Well Books on Prescription

The Reading Agency and the Society of Chief Librarians – Reading Well Books on Prescription
Photo: The Reading Agency

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.

 

Technology & Health Innovation Award

Best Beginnings – Best Beginnings

Best Beginnings – Best Beginnings
Photo: Best Beginnings

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 – Healios

Healios – Healios
Image: Helios

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.

Solutions 4 Health – FallsFree4Life: QTUG Technology

Solutions 4 Health – FallsFree4Life: QTUG Technology
Photo: Solutions 4 Health

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.

 

Workplace Health & Wellbeing Award

Nestlé UK and Ireland – Nestlé UK and Ireland Employee Health & Wellbeing Programme

Nestlé UK and Ireland’s Employee Health & Wellbeing Programme
Photo: Nestlé UK and Ireland
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.

 

Pioneering Care Partnership – Better Health at Work Award County Durham

Pioneering Care Partnership – Better Health at Work Award County Durham
Photo: Pioneering Care
Partnership

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 – Solent Health

Southampton Solent University – Solent Health
Photo: Southampton Solent
University

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).

The winners will be revealed at the RSPH Awards 2017 ceremony which will take place on Thursday 19 October at the East Wintergarden in London.​