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The Royal Society for Public Health Presents First Health Promotion Awards

2008-09-26

September 26, 2008, Press Dispensary. The Royal Society for Public Health (http://www.rsph.org) presented its first ‘Public Health Promotion and Community Well-Being Organisation and Partnership Awards’ at its launch and awards ceremony on Tuesday September 23, 2008, in London. The awards went to four health organisations and one health partnership, with presentations made by Dr Fiona Adshead, deputy chief medical officer and chief government adviser on inequalities.

The awards were given to:

• NHS Plymouth
• NHS Rotherham
• Sefton Partnership (NHS Sefton, Sefton Council and Sefton Council for Voluntary Services)
• North East Essex Primary Care Trust
• NHS North Lancashire

These organisations have worked closely with the Royal Society for Public Health over the past year to develop the awards scheme and have given generously of their time and expertise.

The awards showcase the contribution of health promotion to public health in the UK. They recognise long-standing commitment by organisations to health promotion, leadership at board level, strong strategies that tackle a wide array of health promotion issues - including health inequalities - and the development of the workforce internally and externally. Health promotion has a focus on participation by individuals and communities, and on strengthening community action.

Professor Richard Parish, chief executive of the Royal Society for Public Health, said: “These awards demonstrate real achievement. The assessment process has been extremely rigorous and a high standard has been set. These organisations are at the forefront of good health promotion practice.”

The awards are linked to the ‘Shaping the Future of Health Promotion’ collaboration to support the health promotion workforce in the UK, which is led by the Royal Society for Public Health in partnership with: the Faculty of Public Health; the UK Public Health Register and the Institute of Health Promotion and Education. Following the success of the development phase, it is intended that the awards scheme will be rolled out across the UK and open to all health organisations, local authorities, non-governmental and private sector organisations.

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Notes for editors
• The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) is an independent, multi-disciplinary organisation, dedicated to the promotion and protection of collective human health and wellbeing. Through advocacy, mediation, empowerment, knowledge and practice we advise on policy development, provide education and training services, encourage scientific research, disseminate information and certify products, training centres and processes.
• The RIPH and the RSH are two of the oldest public health bodies in the world, with over 150 years experience in protecting and promoting public health and will legally merge to become the RSPH as of October 1, 2008

For further information, please contact:
Nicole Seeff, marketing executive
The Royal Society for Public Health
Tel: 020 7291 8358
Email:
Site: www.riph.org.uk
The Royal Society for the Promotion of Health (http://www.rsph.org)

Krishna Ramkhelawon, assistant director of public health, North East Essex Primary Care Trust
Tel:01206 286857
Mobile 07908 036872
Email:

Jacqui Thompson, assistant director of public health, NHS North Lancashire
Tel 01524 519335
Mobile: 07500973249
Email:

Media contacts

Nicole Seeff, marketing executive
Tel: 020 7291 8358
Email:
Site: www.riph.org.uk
The Royal Society for the Promotion of Health (http://www.rsph.org)

Krishna Ramkhelawon, assistant director of public health, North East Essex Primary Care Trust
Tel:01206 286857
Mobile 07908 036872
Email:

Jacqui Thompson, assistant director of public health, NHS North Lancashire
Tel 01524 519335
Mobile: 07500973249
Email:

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