Public health award win for MyHealth

MyHealth - a partnership between Patient and roadtohealth - has gained a Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) Health & Wellbeing Award, for the second year running. The RSPH Awards recognise organisations who have demonstrated innovation, good practice and significant achievement in health promotion activities.

MyHealth is a free clinically-aligned health assessment that lets citizens understand their current health status by being placed in a queue of 100 people similar to them, and see how changing their lifestyle can improve their score.

Presenting the awards, Professor Lord Patel of Bradford OBE, Vice President RSPH said:

"Health promotion is an integral part to public health activities, policies and strategies. Increasing rates of lifestyle related illnesses and pressure on the NHS means we must be focusing on ways to address the wider social determinants of health and promote and facilitate healthy behaviours. I would like to offer my congratulations to all of the award winners, each of whom are very worthy recipients and should be celebrated for their part in improving health at a community level."

Ben Foster, Operations Director at Patient said "We're delighted to be recognised in these prestigious awards. The recently published NHS 5 year forward view talks about a radical upgrade in prevention and public health. This project sits at the heart of that, engaging citizens to be more proactive in their wellbeing and lifestyle choices, with positive results."

Commenting on the award, Alistair Wickens, Chief Executive to roadtohealth, said "It's particularly encouraging to receive this award for the second consecutive year as it endorses the significant investment we have placed in making the Q-score a world class health risk management programme. We look forward to continuing to support in making a difference to the health of the UK."

Nigel Kennedy, Relationship Director for roadtohealth commented "We've worked hard to help 'MyHealth' customers to understand their health risks and take proactive steps to improve their lifestyle and wellbeing. The outcome data from Patients' customers has shown convincingly that people are using the tool to lead healthier lives."

All applicants to the 2014 Awards were judged on criteria which spanned their creation of healthy public policy; building workforce skills; strengthening community involvement in local developments; the development of health services and service re-design in line with local needs.