After a thorough and rigorous judging process, the shortlist for the Health & Wellbeing Awards 2019 has been confirmed.

As 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 twelfth 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 2019 shortlist 

Arts & Health Award - supported by the Philipp Family Foundation

Aesop - Dance to Health

Dance to Health is a nationwide pioneering community dance programme for older people. It combines evidence-based falls prevention principles with the creativity of dance. It is for older people who have fallen or those at risk of falling. It is available in six areas across England and Wales. 

Creative Arts East - Our Day Out

Our Day Out is a participatory creative arts programme running across Norfolk tailored to isolated, often vulnerable older people, particularly those living with a dementia. Creative Arts East work with professional artists to run specialist music and dance sessions aimed at improving participants’ wellbeing, sense of social connectedness and decreasing loneliness.

Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust - Vocal Beats

Vocal Beats is an innovative creative music-making programme increasing the confidence, skills and wellbeing of young patients (0-25 years) at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, a specialist centre, caring for 2,200 young patients annually from across the UK living with the most rare/complex cardio-thoracic conditions. 

Children & Young People Award - supported by Irwin Mitchell

YC Hertfordshire - The Empathy Project

The Empathy Project is an innovative peer-to-peer social prescription scheme for 11-17s in A&E departments in Hertfordshire.

Many 11-17s present at A&E with mental health issues / harming behaviours. The Empathy Project’s peer-volunteers provide practical support and social prescribing for young people waiting to see busy clinical staff. The approach has proven highly effective.

Community Links - More than Mentors

More than Mentors is an evidenced based, psychologically informed and innovative model of peer mentoring, which is co-facilitated by youth practitioners and supported by clinical supervision. It supports young people by offering an early action approach to addressing mental health needs, through building resilience and enabling opportunities for change.

BeeZee Bodies - BeeZee Families

BeeZee Bodies support overweight children to create healthy lifestyle changes that result in the entire family feeling healthier and happier! Our free and fun-filled BeeZee Families sessions help 5-15 year olds and their families to eat well and keep active by making long-term healthy habits. 

Community Health Development Award - supported by Slimming World

Basis Yorkshire - Sex Worker Health Advocacy

The program program supports and advocates on behalf of female sexworkers in Leeds to improve their health outcomes particularly for those who are marginalized and stigmatized (as are the majority of streetbased women); it ensures support is not limited to acute health needs (substance abuse, sexual health) but addresses all aspects of their health.

Friends, Families and Travellers - Traveller Health Improvement

In light of the stark health inequalities faced by Gypsy and Traveller communities Friends, Families and Travellers developed an asset-based peer-approach model of health improvement. By building relationships with people through assertive outreach, delivering RSPH training and supporting the development of a ‘Health Champions’ network, FFT enable people to actively participate in improving their own and their community’s health.

British Islamic Medical Association (BIMA) - Cancer Screening Awareness

There is evidence that the uptake of the cancer screening programme is poor amongst British Muslims. The British Islamic Medical Association decided to raise awareness of and dispel the myths surrounding these programmes by reaching out to the public using mosques, community centres and radio stations across the country.

Healthier Lifestyles Award - supported by Silentnight Group

Bike for Good - Wheelbeing

Wheelbeing supports people across Glasgow, Scotland's most deprived local authority, supporting people with multiple barriers to activity to increase their physical and mental wellbeing by enabling and encouraging them to fit cycling into their everyday lives as a leisure activity and/or mode of transport for long term impact.

Integrated Contraception & Sexual Health (iCaSH) - iCaSH Express Test

Express Test is a free home STI testing kit, available to anyone over 16 with no symptoms, across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. Express Test was introduced to address challenges of high demand and busy clinics by providing a convenient and discreet way to test for STIs at home. 

Sandwell MBC - Blue Light Project

Sandwell Council implemented a multi-agency ‘Blue Light’ approach to supporting high impact, change-resistant problem drinkers. They are currently expanding the approach after evaluation illustrated how the work had transformed the lives of some of the borough’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable people.

Health & Wellbeing in Workplaces Award - supported by Medigold Health

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (Risk and Intelligence Service) - Attendance and Wellbeing Programme

The programme was designed to provide the greatest level of support for their 3000 team members across multiple locations. It is a preventive, educational and upskilling programme packed full of new initiatives with amazing outcomes achieved and many more to come. 

Nomura International PLC - The Nomura Health Blue Print

The Health Blue Print is a measure of Nomura’s top ten health risks, with risk capture and reactive and proactive spend. Using data from 6 internal and external reports, including clinical, perceived and financial measurements. The aim is to improve employee health and wellbeing each year. 

Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies - Workplace Health, Safety and Wellbeing Service

Have established a highly effective Workplace Health, Safety and Wellbeing service including launching an Employee Assistance Programme, Wellbeing Masterclasses, Wellbeing Champions, a specialist trauma service and a stress risk assessment. This service reaches around 6000 officers and staff across both counties of Norfolk and Suffolk and aims to help our officers and staff stay well at work, return to work or have a dignified exit from the organisation. 

Health on the High Street Award - supported by Rolls Royce

Motivated Minds - Happy Hub

Life expectancy is on average 8.6 years lower in the most deprived areas of Basildon than in the least deprived areas, indicating massive health inequalities across the Borough. The HAPPY Hub offers a one-stop-wellness shop in Eastgate Shopping centre, promoting the 5 ways to wellbeing. 

Essential Drug and Alcohol Services - Serenitea Café

Serenitea Café was created in Poole to reduce the stigmatisation of substance misuse, providing a safe learning environment for clients and local community to quench their thirst by offering opportunities to replenish social, emotional and health capital by joining different communities of practice from a range of socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds.
Public Mental Health & Wellbeing Award - supported by GambleAware

Stem4 - 'Calm Harm' and 'Clear Fear'

With 1 in 12 young people self-harming and 1 in 8 presenting with an anxiety condition, the mental health of children and young people is a national concern. stem4 provides early intervention for 12-19 year olds, via clinically safe apps, which are free, accessible, co-collaboratively created, nationally and internationally.

Body and Soul - Yana (You are not alone)

You Are Not Alone supports people aged 16-29 living in London who are at high risk of suicide. The programme comprises a 20-week group skills Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) course alongside other therapeutic and practical interventions and assistance that can continue beyond 20 weeks. 

Pause Southwark - Pause Southwark

Pause Southwark supports women experiencing removal of children from their care, to take a pause in pregnancy, and heal. Pause Southwark works practically and therapeutically with women facing complex physical, mental and social problems arising in a context of trauma, who may evince trauma-like responses to services associated with the removal of their children. 


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 2019 ceremony which will take place on Thursday 17 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!”