Introduced in 2017, the Public Health England Commendations recognise and reward public health projects and programmes that demonstrate exceptional achievement in the following areas:

  • Reducing Inequalities at Community Level
  • Sustainable Development

Entering the Health & Wellbeing Awards is the only route to the Public Health England Commendations – they cannot be applied for separately or independently. The commended projects and programmes are selected from the finalists of the corresponding year's Health & Wellbeing Awards by a Public Health England Award Committee against strict critieria that ensures that the projects are exemplars in each commendation's field.

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

Previous winners