After a thorough and rigorous judging process, the shortlist for the Health & Wellbeing Awards 2018 has been confirmed.

This year saw a 60% increase in entries compared to 2017, 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 eleventh 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 2018 shortlist 

Arts & Health Award - supported by the Philipp Family Foundation

Created Out of Mind – Shaping perceptions of dementias

The Created Out of Mind team aims to challenge and shape perceptions of dementias through science and the arts. By combining psychological and physiological measures with lived experiences, it aims to better understand how the arts can enable communication and connection, and enhance the lives of people living with dementias.

Live Music Now - Bringing Music to Life

The UK has a rapidly growing population of older people in adult social care, many living with dementia and chronic conditions. In 2017, Live Music Now provided over 1,800 music workshops in care homes, delivering measurable and sustained health, wellbeing and social benefits for the people who live and work there.
Children & Young People Award - supported by the England and Wales Cricket Board

Breathe Arts Health Research - Breathe Magic Intensive Therapy Programme

Breathe Magic is a clinically effective and innovative, intensive bi-manual programme based around magic skills. It is designed to help children with hemiplegia to improve hand and arm function, increase psychosocial skills and enhance independence. The programme runs in London and Birmingham but serves participants aged 7-19 from across the UK.

Catch 22 - The Hive

The Hive is a holistic emotional health and wellbeing service which supports young people aged 16-24 in Camden. This is achieved by 1-2-1 mentoring support, targeted activities and a safe space to be, as well as offering training and work opportunities in the WalkingLondon22 social enterprise. 

The Children’s Sleep Charity - Intensive behavioural intervention to improve sleep in vulnerable children

Sleep disturbance in children can have a severe impact on mental, physical and emotional wellbeing. In partnership with Sheffield City Council and Sheffield Children’s Hospital, this project used a behavioural approach to improve sleep patterns in two groups of vulnerable children and developed a pathway for city-wide implementation and sustainability.
Community Health Development Award - supported by Irwin Mitchell

Albion in the Community - Speak Up Against Cancer

Speak Up Against Cancer is a 3-year cancer awareness/early diagnosis service in Brighton and Hove, using the hook of Brighton & Hove Albion FC as a key engagement tool. Aiming to increase early diagnosis by increasing awareness, knowledge and confidence about signs and symptoms of cancer and NHS screening programmes.

Midland Mencap - Midland Mencap Hockey Flyerz

Since 2015, Midland Mencap has been providing inclusive hockey sessions for people with learning disabilities, but welcomes people with a whole range of disabilities. It is a part of a larger UK para-hockey movement called 'Flyerz' which aims to make hockey inclusive and competitive to all regardless of need.

The Priory Community Pharmacy - Public Health Promotions 

The Pharmacy serves a community in one of the most deprived areas of Dudley with the least accessibility to health services. The team is passionate about improving public health and organises health promotion events in the community as well as in the pharmacy, and is highly valued as a community asset.

Healthier Lifestyles Award - supported by Silentnight Group

Buckinghamshire County Council - Active Bucks

Large numbers of Buckinghamshire residents are inactive. Active Bucks has engaged and retained residents in self-sustaining activities, providing a population-level, evidence-based approach to increasing activity, particularly for inactive residents. Significant community engagement resulted in activities that residents wanted, increasing the success and sustainability of the activities with no further funding.

Herts Sports & Physical Activity Partnership - Active Herts

Active Herts targets inactive adults at risk of cardiovascular disease and mental health concerns within the most deprived communities within Hertfordshire (Broxbourne, Watford, Hertsmere, Stevenage). It uses evidence-based behaviour change techniques to improve physical health and wellbeing. Individuals are identified by primary care and supported to become more physically active.

MAN v FAT - MAN v FAT Football

MAN v FAT Football is a 6-a-side weight loss football league designed exclusively for men. The aim is to provide an appropriate weight loss programme targeting men. Men are an under-represented group in the weight loss marketplace, despite 68% of men being overweight or obese compared to 56% of women.
Health on the High Street Award - supported by the End High Cost Credit Alliance

Betknowmore UK - Don’t Gamble with Health

Don’t Gamble with Health is a gambling harm-minimisation project based in Islington, North London. The team worked with high street betting shop staff in the local area to improve their understanding of gambling-related harm, and to provide support service to customers who are at risk or impacted by gambling related harm.

Kent Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust - Ashford One You Shop

Ashford Health and Wellbeing board identified smoking and obesity as local priorities. An innovative idea to tackle these issues came from Kent County Council, Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust and Ashford Borough Council who worked in partnership to set up a One You Shop in a high street location.

Surrey County Council - Eat Out Eat Well

Originating in Surrey and Buckinghamshire, Eat Out Eat Well is now promoted across 22 local authorities in over 900 successful establishments. Updated to include the Government Buying Standards for Food, it is designed to give recognition to caterers offering healthier choices to their customers, through a structured and assessed framework.

Public Mental Health & Wellbeing Award - supported by GambleAware

Mind (the National Association for Mental Health) - Get Set to Go

Get Set to Go was delivered with support from Sport England and the National Lottery to help people with mental health problems benefit from being physically active. The programme supported participants in specially designed physical activity projects, delivered in eight communities across England. Participants received group and one-to-one peer support online and offline.

MumsAid CIC - MumsAid 

MumsAid is a charity founded to address the gaps in psychological support for women during and after pregnancy. Operating in Greenwich, it supports mothers (including teen mums) who are experiencing perinatal mental health problems like postnatal depression, and provides training to raise awareness and combat the stigma surrounding mothers’ mental health difficulties.

Rugby League Cares - Offload

Offload is a mental fitness programme that harnesses the power of rugby league to improve the mental fitness of men of all ages across deprived communities who are at risk of, or suffering from, low level mental health challenges.
Workplace Health & Wellbeing Award - supported by Medigold Health

B. Braun Medical Ltd - B. Healthy B. Braun

B. Healthy B. Braun aims to tackle health and wellbeing issues in the workplace at the B. Braun headquarters in Sheffield. Running for more than a decade, the programme includes initiatives which increase understanding of lifestyle behaviours and create a culture and working conditions which maximise individual health and wellbeing.

Nomura International plc - The Nomura Health Blueprint

The Health Blueprint is a measure of Nomura’s top ten health risks, with risk capture and reactive and proactive spend. Using data from six internal and external reports, including clinical, perceived and financial measurements, the aim is to improve employee health and wellbeing each year.

Rolls-Royce plc - LiveWell

Rolls-Royce recognises that a healthy, resilient workforce is engaged, productive and high performing. ‘LiveWell’ is its healthy workplace award and its long-term plan to improve employee wellbeing, across its global operations, by creating work environments which support wellbeing, removing barriers to healthy behaviour, and motivating employees to lead a healthy lifestyle.

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 special commendations to be given by Public Health England (PHE).

The winners will be revealed at the RSPH Awards 2018 ceremony which will take place on Thursday 18 October at the East Wintergarden in London.


Shirley Cramer CBE, Chief Executive at RSPH, said: “The Health and Wellbeing Awards is the UK’s premier awards scheme for promoting health and wellbeing, and every year the quantity and quality of entries continues to rise. To be shortlisted from among such strong competition is a fantastic achievement, so every organisation that has made it to this stage can be rightly proud of the work they are doing to improve and protect the public’s health. We look forward to coming together in October to find out the winners, share best practice, and celebrate success. Good luck to all the finalists!”