Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Health Promotion: Awarding Good Practice

Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Health Promotion: Awarding Good Practice

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Dr Heather Davison, Director of Development at the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), and John Griffiths, Programme Manager for the Health-Promoting Workforce, provide an overview of the RSPH's Health-Promoting Organization Awards - highlighting the achievements of the 2009 winners while learning for the future

September 2009 saw the presentation of the annual Royal Society for Public Health Awards for Health-Promoting Organizations/Partnerships. The Awards were originally set up by RSPH as part of the Shaping the Future of Health Promotion initiative1 to recognize and support good practice in health promotion and community wellbeing across the UK.

To achieve an RSPH Award, organizations or partnerships provide evidence on the development and implementation of strategies to promote health and wellbeing which are based on the health promotion and community wellbeing principles in the Ottawa Charter,2 including tackling inequalities in health. This evidence is then reviewed by an expert panel and further evidence can be requested. The last stage of the evaluation takes the form of a presentation and discussion with representatives of the organization or partnership. All discussions include an element of peer review and one of the findings of the evaluation of both the 2008 and 2009 Awards was the extensive amount, and most importantly high value, of information shared during the peer review process.

To achieve an RSPH Award a participating organization/partnership is required to demonstrate evidence that the promotion of health and wellbeing sits firmly on its agenda. This can be indicated in a variety of ways. For example, the commitment of the board and high-level management to the promotion of health and wellbeing; effective strategy and business planning processes in which health and its protection and improvement figure very strongly; and the capacity and capability to deliver programmes of activity that are designed to improve health. A further essential piece of evidence is whether what the organization/partnership promotes to others is put into practice in its own 'backyard'. In other words, it has strategies and activities in place that actively support the health and wellbeing of its own workforce.

Thus the RSPH Awards identify and encourage good practice in health promotion and make visible too often little-mentioned initiatives and health promotion interventions - for example, the types of activity that positively impact on people's lives on a daily basis but which often go unnoticed at national level.

The 2009 Award winners

Awards were made in 2009 to the following organizations:

* East Lancashire NHS Teaching Primary Care Trust

* North East Lincolnshire Care Trust Plus

* Healthy Ambitions Suffolk

East Lancashire NHS Teaching Primary Care Trust

Established on 1 October 2006, the East Lancashire NHS Teaching PCT serves the residents of the five boroughs of Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Ribble Valley and Rossendale - a population of 386,000 in total - and both commissions and provides health services.

A major development has been the introduction of the Save a Million Years of Life Campaign, which is an integrated campaign across the PCT area that addresses a broad range of health inequalities. The campaign aims to help each of the 386,000 residents served by the PCT to live more healthily and longer.

There has been a longstanding commitment to health promotion and community wellbeing by the PCT and it is important to note that the overarching approach is collaborative in nature - a point highlighted by the steps taken to engage with local communities.

'I am extremely proud of this achievement for NHS East Lancashire, which recognizes the enormous amount of excellent health promotion work that has taken place in the PCT and, just as importantly, its continuing commitment to health promotion principles.'

Janet Walton, Head of Public Health Development, NHS East Lancashire

North East Lincolnshire Care Trust Plus

North East Lincolnshire Care Trust Plus (NELCTP) is a unique structure bringing together the PCT with elements of the local authority, pioneering the joint delivery of health and well-being services. …

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