We hope that the following frequently asked questions (FAQs) will resolve any queries you may have regarding the Health & Wellbeing Awards, however if you need any additional information please email us.

What are the Health & Wellbeing Awards?

RSPH's national Health & Wellbeing Awards scheme celebrates and promotes the contribution and positive impact organisations have on the public’s health.

It is now in its tenth successful year celebrating best practice in public health and is the only route to the prestigious Public Health Minister’s Award.

RSPH believes that improving the public’s health and addressing the wider social determinants of health requires the commitment of a broad range of organisations and professionals from all sectors.

By recognising best practice and innovative strategies and initiatives, the Health & Wellbeing Awards helps improve the public's health. 

What is the Public Health Minister’s Award?

Established in 2014, the Public Health Minister’s Award recognises excellence and innovation of public health schemes delivered by organisations operating in England across all sectors.

The Health & Wellbeing Awards are the only route to the prestigious Public Health Minister’s Award which is given by England’s Public Health Minister Nicola Blackwood MP.

The accolade is normally awarded to only one organisation annually; however, a joint award can be made to up to two organisations at the Public Health Minister’s discretion.

What is the relationship between the Health & Wellbeing Awards and the Public Health Minister’s Award?

The Health & Wellbeing Awards are the only route to the Public Health Minister’s Award.

Eligible category winners are recommended for consideration the Public Health Minister’s Award. A Department of Health Award Committee led by the Minister for Public Health in England  then selects a winner that is publicly announced at the annual celebratory RSPH Awards event.

Please note that organisations based solely in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland will not be eligible for the award, as the Minister for Public Health and the Department of Health are responsible for public health in England only.

What are the Public Health England Commendations?

This year, for the first time finalists for the Health & Wellbeing Awards will also be considered for two special commendations given by Public Health England (PHE).

These commendations are for outstanding contributions to:

  • Sustainability
  • Tackling Inequalities at Community Level

The commended organisations are announced alongside the winners of the Health & Wellbeing Awards and the Public Health Minister’s Award at the annual celebratory RSPH Awards event.

Winners of a Public Health England Commendation can also win a Health & Wellbeing Award and the Public Health Minister’s Award.

What is the relationship between the Health & Wellbeing Awards and the Public Health England Commendations?

Entering the Health & Wellbeing Awards is the only route to the Public Health England Commendations – they cannot be applied for separately or independently.

Applications made by organisations nominated as finalists will be assessed by a PHE-nominated assessor who is an expert in the fields of sustainability and health inequalities. Those entries which score highly against the relevant criteria may be required to participate in interviews and/or site visits as part of the assessment process.

As PHE is responsible for public health in England only, unfortunately organisations nominated as finalists which are based solely in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland are not eligible for consideration for these commendations. PHE teams or projects funded by PHE area are also not eligible.

What is the RSPH Awards?

The RSPH Awards is our annual awards ceremony and a prestigious fixture in the public health community calendar.

It brings together a wide range of organisations and individuals to celebrate achievement and best practice in public health.

The evening’s highpoint is traditionally the announcement of the winners of the Health & Wellbeing Awards and the Public Health Minister’s Award.

What are the benefits of winning?

The Health & Wellbeing Awards scheme supports and encourages best practice across local authorities, the community and voluntary sector and private enterprise.

Winning a Health & Wellbeing Award will provide your organisation with:

  • An excellent platform to showcase your initiative
  • Recognition of your organisation’s achievements in public health
  • Access to a network of like-minded organisations and individuals
  • Evidence for external agencies involved in monitoring standards
  • Evidence to support tenders and bids for the commissioning of new service provision
  • An opportunity to be considered for the prestigious Public Health Minister’s Award
  • A winner’s logo, certificate and trophy, and a case study featured on the RSPH website

All finalists will receive one complementary place to attend the annual celebratory RSPH Awards event where the winners will be announced. They will also have the option to buy additional tickets at a reduced rate.

Those who do not win an award will receive a finalist’s logo and certificate and a brief case study featured on the RSPH website.

Who can enter?

The Health & Wellbeing Awards are free to enter and open to all organisations and sole traders who promote health and wellbeing as part of their commissioning/service provision role. This includes local authorities, health organisations (NHS and private), education providers, social enterprises, community and voluntary organisations, and private sector organisations

RSPH is supportive of all organisations regardless of setting or size – it is the impact of your health improvement activity that counts. Please note, however, that your organisation and programme/project must be based in the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) as RSPH is unable to accept international entries at this time.

RSPH can only accept one application per organisation and your project may be entered for one category only – with this in mind, please think carefully about which of your programmes/projects would be most suitable and which category it aligns with.

Programmes/projects which are delivered by more than one organisation as a partnership or consortium can also be entered. All organisations involved must be detailed on the application form, however one must act as the lead contact responsible for the entry. Please note that if an organisation enters as part of a joint application, it will be unable to submit another separate one.

RSPH welcomes applicants from previous years to enter again. If you are planning on resubmitting a programme/project from a previous application, please indicate this on the application form.

Please also consider who should be the most relevant contact at your organisation for all correspondence and queries, ensuring that their details are submitted as part of the application.

If I entered in previous years and was shortlisted, do I have to go through the whole application again?

RSPH welcomes applicants from previous years to enter again and will require a new application to be submitted.

If you are planning on resubmitting a project from a previous application, please indicate this on the application form.

How do we enter?

The Health & Wellbeing Awards 2017 is now closed.

You can register your interest to enter in 2018 here.

What does the application involve?

Your submission should consist of a completed application form with all fields completed and three pieces of supporting evidence:

  • Evidence of outcomes achievement
  • Organisational Health Strategy
  • Letter of recommendation

Examples of accepted evidence formats include reports, publications, presentations, video and audio files. However, please note that you may only submit three items, so please consider carefully which will support your entry most effectively.

Please do not include additional items or files other than those requested as they will not be considered.

What does the assessment process involve?

There will be a lead assessor and a panel of judges per Health & Wellbeing Awards category. Each panel will comprise of a subject expert panel chair and between three and six peer assessors through which the assessment of each application will take place.

Following the assessment, each applicant will be recommended or declined for an award. Using a numeric scoring system, each panel will shortlist several organisations, one of which will be chosen as the category winner. The panel’s decision about the award will be final.

What are the criteria and what are they based upon?

The Health & Wellbeing Awards judging criteria are strongly influenced by the principles of the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion, NICE Public Health Guidance, the Five Year Forward View, the Marmot Review: 'Fair Society Healthy Lives', as well as the WHO's Health in all Policies approach and the Workplace Wellbeing Charter.

The core principles of the criteria are:

  • Building on national public health policy and evidence: To reduce inequalities and promote equity, including action on the social, cultural, economic and environmental determinants of health (including poverty)
  • Creating supportive environments: promotes healthy settings, where people are born, grow, work, live, and age
  • Strengthening and promoting community action: to empower individuals and communities to gain control over their lives and ensure long-term sustainability through health improvement projects/programmes
  • Implementing population targeted community engagement strategies: Harnessing public input and opinions in health improvement projects/programmes and policy making, ensuring that the concerted efforts reflect the real priorities and needs of the community
  • Developing a broad understanding of health improvement: to help individuals make informed choices about their health across the life course

What supporting evidence/documents should I submit?

In addition to submitting a completed application form, you are also required to submit three pieces of supporting evidence:

  • Evidence of outcomes achievement
  • Organisational Health Strategy
  • Letter of recommendation

Examples of accepted evidence formats include reports, publications, presentations, video and audio files. However, please note that you may only submit three items, so please consider carefully which will support your entry most effectively.

Please do not include additional items or files other than those requested as they will not be considered.

Are there any fees to pay?

The Health & Wellbeing Awards are free to enter.

All finalists will receive one complementary place to attend the annual celebratory RSPH Awards event where the winners will be announced. They will also have the option to buy additional tickets at a reduced rate. Attendees are expected to cover their own cost (transport, accommodation and subsistence).

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