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The 2014 Bevan Prize for Health and Wellbeing

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The annual Bevan Prize for Health and Wellbeing was awarded on 15th July 2014 in Portcullis House, Westminster to celebrate those who made an outstanding contribution to health and wellbeing during that year.

The judges for the 2014 Prize were Baroness Finlay of Llandaff; David Brindle, public services editor of The Guardian; and Jaselle Williams, Bevan Foundation trustee and Secretary of the Aneurin Bevan Society.

The award ceremony coincided with the anniversary of the NHS Act and was attended by nominees, Parliamentarians and representatives from the health and wellbeing sectors. Each of the winners spoke very movingly about their work and how much winning the Prize meant to them.


The Individual Prize Winner 

Susan Semple was awarded the 2014 Individual Prize for Health and Wellbeing. Susan is the health care coordinator for the single homeless with the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust. Susan’s work aims to assist single homeless people to enhance their own health, through innovative nurse-led initiatives in hostels – one to one clinics promoting holistic approaches to health needs and care. This includes a screening and immunisation service and the development of care plans.

The judges particularly commended Susan for achieving exceptionally high rates of GP and dentist registration for homeless people.

The short-listed nominees were:

  • Professor Bimal Bhowmick, Consultant physician care of the elderly, Powys Teaching Hospital Board.
  • Dr. Melanie Bruce, clinical psychologist in the NHS who is setting up a ground breaking new service in Norfolk.
  • Professor Iain Hutchison, oral and maxillofacial surgeon specialising in head and neck cancer resection and reconstruction in London.
  • Carl Smith, Duty Operations Manager in West Norfolk, working for East of England NHS Ambulance Service Trust. 

The Organisation Prize Winner

Nutrition Skills for Life was awarded the 2014 Organisation Prize for Health and Wellbeing. It is an all Wales service developed and delivered by Dieticians working within the NHS providing training and support to enable staff from health, social care and third sector organisations, formed following increased demand for nutritional training.

The Shortlisted Nominees were:

  • Manor and Castle Development Trust, who engage with the community and provide whole family approaches to tackle root causes of ill health and the worst effects of poverty.
  • Saving Faces, the leading research organisation on the prevention and treatment of disorders affecting the mouth and face.
  • Barnsley Independent Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support, a local charity based in South Yorkshire that offers support to those affected by dementia.
  • The Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, a self-funding organisation based in the School of Psychology at Bangor University.

The Lifetime Contribution Award Winner

The Lifetime Contribution prize was presented to Professor Dame Carol Black for her outstanding career and contributions to health in the UK through building and promoting the public and policy position on the positive relationship between work and health.

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