Only one week left to nominate for the 2015 Bevan Prize

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Professor Dame Carol Black receiving the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Bevan Prize
NewsMay 5th, 2015

With only one week remaining to nominate an individual or organisation for the 2015 Bevan Prize for Health and Wellbeing, we thought we would share some of the thoughts of our past winners on what the Bevan Prize means to them.

Cecilia Anim, President of the RCN, won the 2013 Individual Bevan Prize. She said: “I was absolutely thrilled to be awarded the Bevan Prize. The experience reinforced my deep and personal belief that little else matters in life when our health and wellbeing is compromised. As a front line nurse, caring is my passion, and one of the most important things to me in my role as President of the Royal College of Nursing is to ensure that those who provide care are supported and valued for their invaluable contribution. That’s what the Bevan Prize does. It shines a light on the wonderful work of those whose business is the health and wellbeing of our communities.”

Women’s Health in South Tyneside (WHiST) were the first organisation to win the Bevan Prize. They found it raised their profile: “Being the first recipient of such a prestigious award has boosted the organisation’s profile and enabled further success and achievement. We have been able to develop new services and support for women in South Tyneside.”

Pioneering GP, Dr Julian Tudor Hart, was the recipient of the inaugural Lifetime Achievement award. He said: “It was a great honour to receive the Bevan Prize, which I really appreciated, for two reasons.  First, Nye Bevan was the nearest thing to a hero that I ever met – though I no longer believe in heroes.  Second, having received not one word of thanks or appreciation from any of the NHS bureaucracy after 35 years of hard work in hard places, my wife and I really appreciated a thank you from people who understood what we did together.”

The 2014 winners were equally thrilled that their nominations were successful.  Susan Semple, a Belfast nurse who won last year’s Individual Bevan Prize said: “It was a real privilege as a nurse to be awarded the 2014 Bevan Prize for services to homeless people in Northern Ireland. I feel that the aim of the homeless service represents what Aneurin Bevan was passionate about 50 years ago and yet it is still an issue today, inclusion and equal access when ill to the best that medical skill can provide for the vulnerable. This Prize has helped raise awareness of the health needs and the health care experiences of the homeless.”

Nutrition Skills for Life were awarded the 2014 Bevan Prize for an organisation. Shelley Wyer, Cwm Taf Public Health Dietetic Lead, said: “Nutrition Skills for Life Teams were delighted to have been shortlisted for such a prestigious award and when we listened to the quality and quantity of other candidates, we are overjoyed to have won. We are immensely proud of our award and the fact our work has been recognised on a UK-wide platform by the Bevan Foundation. It has been hugely motivational for all staff; who continue to work with our most deprived communities to ensure consistent nutrition and health messages are used within all areas of their work”.

Professor Dame Carol Black, winner of last year’s Lifetime Achievement Prize, said: “I was delighted to receive the Bevan Prize for Health and Wellbeing as it acknowledged the impact of work and the workplace on health and wellbeing.”

To find out more about the 2015 Bevan Prize, and to download a nomination form please click here. The closing date is Monday 11th May 2015.

We are grateful for the support of the 2015 Bevan Prize sponsors:

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