19 / 6 / 2014 11.35am
With a deadline for submissions on 18 July, this new award recognises organisations that have demonstrated excellence and innovation in improving the health of their workforce.
Supported by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), the Public Health Minister’s Award has been established by Jane Ellison, the Minister for Public Health. This year, the award will focus on the health of the workforce and will recognise organisations that have shown innovation and excellence in this area.
Any organisation or team within an organisation can apply. All applicants must complete an application form online, including evidence to support their answers. Applications for the award will be assessed by an expert panel that is chaired by Professor David Walker, Deputy Chief Medical Officer.
Ideally, applications will describe initiatives which:
- address specific health and wellbeing needs of the workforce and have clear evidence of impact and outcomes for employees, organisational and national objectives.
- show evidence of sustained commitment from the organisation beyond a single intervention.
- show evidence of employee consultation, engagement and participation in the planning and delivery of the initiative.
- demonstrate good partnership working between any project delivery organisation and the employer organisation.
- have considered how to engage the full diversity of the workforce involved.
- has worked with employers to benchmark against industry or sector comparators for staff wellbeing.
- are evidence-based (for example, NICE public health guidelines) or have generated evidence on the effectiveness of the initiative in improving a measurable aspect of employee health and wellbeing.
The award will be presented at the RSPH Annual Conference and Award Ceremony in London on 1 October 2014.