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.

2015 Public Health Minister's Award

Nominations for the 2015 Public Health Minister’s Award 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.

2015 joint winners, The Big Life Group and Gateway Family Services CIC, both demonstrated exceptional asset based approaches to engage with communities and deliver real public health gains.

The Big Life Group

The Big Life Group is a third sector organisation that delivers a range of integrated person-centred services using communities and individuals strengths to create sustainable change. It was awarded for its Being Well Salford programme; an innovative, integrated lifestyle behaviour change service, based around a team of Coaches who use motivational interviewing to support people to improve their own health.

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.

Gateway Family Services CIC

Gateway Family Services CIC is a small third sector organisation that seeks to tackle health inequalities in Birmingham by enabling access to employment and learning. It as awarded for its Making Health Work Project, which aims to address the health and lifestyle issues that create barriers for young jobseekers in Birmingham.

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.

2014 Public Health Minister's Award

The 2014 Public Health Minister's Award 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.

Winner

Hartlepool Borough Council

Hartlepool Borough Council developed its Better Health at Work strategy after carrying out a health needs assessment which identified the key health challenges for the workforce. It has embedded workplace health and wellbeing activities into their organisational culture through engaging with its staff.

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

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

The content of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust's programme, “5 ways to a healthier you”, resulted from an in-depth staff survey involving staff user groups. The programme includes a very wide range of activities which support staff to improve their own health and wellbeing.

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.

Northumberland County Council

Northumberland County Council's “Healthier Together” workforce programme was the result of a survey of the health needs of staff. The programme includes themes such as improving heart health, reducing alcohol consumption, smoking cessation and mental wellbeing.

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.