Health & Wellbeing Awards: Arts & Health

The Arts & Health Award is one of the categories of the Health & Wellbeing Awards.

This award recognises organisations whose work has furthered the contribution of the creative arts to health and wellbeing.


The finalists for the Arts & Health Award 2019 are:

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. 


Award criteria

Entered projects and programmes should demonstrate:

  • High quality creative arts and music provision that addresses significant health and wellbeing issues affecting individuals, families and the wider community
  • Supporting patients, families and healthcare staff involved in the planning and delivery of creative arts and music provision for health and wellbeing
  • Strong partnership working between creative artists, musicians, the NHS, public health professionals and other stakeholders
  • Attention to sensitivity towards issues of cultural diversity and social inclusion

Category winners have the opportunity to be selected for the prestigious Public Health Minister’s Award, while all finalists are considered for two special commendations given by Public Health England (PHE).

The winners are announced at the annual RSPH Awards ceremony. ​​​​

Philipp Family Foundation


The Arts & Health Award is supported by the Philipp Family Foundation.


Previous winners

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