Described by the WHO as ‘the art and science of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organised efforts of society’, public health services provide a backbone without which the NHS would be able to function. Keeping people safe from environmental hazards and infectious disease, reducing poor health, and working to reduce inequalities in health outcomes all help to reduce strain on the NHS and create a healthier nation.
This award celebrates positive changes to processes and systems which are helping people stay physically and/or mentally well for longer, and where necessary enabling access to preventative or primary care before emergencies arise. Judges are interested in public health led projects which are now driving results for citizens at either a local or national level.
This award will recognise public health and prevention projects across the NHS, general practice, local government health and care teams, as well as other public sector health bodies