The following frequently asked questions should answer any queries you may have regarding the Hygeia Awards.
If you would like any additional information, please email us.
For a number of years RSPH has given awards to learners who have achieved the highest score that year for their qualification. This year these awards have been expanded to include centres, tutors and learners taking qualifications that are not assessed by an examination.
All RSPH qualifications are based on public health, either improving the public’s health or protecting the public’s health. For this reason, the awards were also collectively renamed this year as the Hygeia Awards.
Hygeia is the Greek goddess of health and well-being, and her image used to feature on the coat of arms of our predecessor organisations, the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health and the Royal Institute of Public Health.
The judging criteria for a number of our Awards are quite simple: the Awards are made to the learner who has achieved the highest mark in the examination for the qualification. This is the case for the awards in Food Safety, HACCP, Pest Management and the Heggie Award (for Anatomical Pathology Technology candidates).
For the first time this year, there are Awards for Health Improvement and Young Health Champions. These are based on our health improvement qualifications (Understanding Health Improvement, Supporting Behaviour Change and Improving the Public’s Health) and the RSPH Level 2 Award for Young Health Champions.
To qualify for these Awards the learner must have obtained one of the stated qualifications and also have been nominated for the Award by their tutor or employer. In nominating a learner for either of these Awards the tutor or employer should be able to explain why they think the individual deserves the award, using the criteria listed on the Award pages.
The Centre of Excellence Award winner will be chosen from centres nominated by RSPH staff. This will also be awarded for the first time this year. The Excellence in Learner Support Award will be presented to the tutor who makes a positive difference to their learners. Evidence for this will come from nominations from learners or from the centre at which the tutor works. The criteria are set-out on the Award page.
Nominations can be made for the Excellence in Learner Support Award, Health Improvement Award and Young Health Champions Award. For the first award, nominations may be made by both a tutor’s employer and their learners, while nominations for the latter two awards are welcome from tutors, centres and employers.
Nominations for the Centre of Excellence Award will be made by RSPH staff, but if you know of an RSPH centre that you think should be nominated for this award, or wish to nominate your own centre, please email us.
To nominate an individual or centre for an award, please visit the relevant webpage where you will find the nomination criteria and details on how to nominate. Please provide as much information and supporting evidence as possible in support of your nominated learner or tutor.
The Hygeia Awards is a recognition scheme that complements but is separate to the Health & Wellbeing Awards.
The Hygeia Awards recognise centres, tutors and high-performing learners taking RSPH qualifications, while the Health & Wellbeing Awards recognise and celebrate a wide range of activities, policies and strategies that empower communities and individuals, improve the population’s health and address the wider social determinants of health.