Since 2014, the Public Health Minister’s Award has recognised and rewarded excellence and innovation in public health programmes delivered by organisations across all sectors and settings.
Public Health Minister's Award 2015
Nominations for the Public Health Minister’s Award 2015 took place through the RSPH Health & Wellbeing Awards’ scheme, with all organisations that achieved the highest level of the RSPH Award considered for the Public Health Minister’s Award, and judged by a panel chaired by Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Gina Radford.
The success of the programme is also due to its capability to develop an effective partnership model which delivers tangible local outcomes. It has overcome the challenges of setting up and becoming sustainable in a manner which could be replicated elsewhere.
Its approach is evidence based and draws on the experiences and needs of the young people they work with. Its extensive organisational experience has made them able to combine approaches and methodologies from health and social care resulting in their users experiencing a seamless supportive and holistic service.
Public Health Minister's Award 2014
The Public Health Minister's Award 2014 recognised organisations which had demonstrated excellence and innovation in improving the health and wellbeing of their workforce by implementing a range of successful workplace-based programmes.
The award attracted a large number of nominations and these were judged by an award panel chaired by Deputy Chief medical officer, Professor David Walker.
It offers a wide range of campaigns and activities such as walking challenges, providing support for staff with long term health conditions, supporting the health of older employees, stop smoking support and weight management groups. The programme has been shown to be very effective and has become embedded within the organisation’s workplace health strategy.
Highly commended organisations
Staff have been prominent in suggesting and implementing the projects which include fitness activities, team challenges, breakfast club, yoga, gardening and group singing. It has measured the success of the project through improved staff engagement, lower absenteeism, reduced staff turnover as well as measureable impact of physical activity, body weight and reduced reported stress levels.
A network of health advocates have been recruited and trained to help to implement the programmes. Projects include a range of team game challenges, health roadshows, personal health assessments and family fun days.