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Finalists

The finalists for the CIEH Excellence Awards 2019.

Categories and Finalists for CIEH Excellence Awards


CIEH is delighted to announce the finalists for the CIEH Excellence Awards 2019.

The submitted entries showcase the breadth of work carried out by environmental health professionals and services across all employment sectors in the UK and overseas. Judges measured them against the following criteria:

  • Improvement to public health and wellbeing
  • Reduction in health inequality
  • Improvements to public protection
  • Promotion of sustainability

The entries chosen to be on the shortlist represent the best examples seen by the judges of what can be achieved in the field of environmental health.

This award is for the most innovative, engaged and successful partnership scheme or project which has demonstrated successful influence and impact on public protection.

  • Barnsley Metropolitan Council Public Health Team, Regulatory Services and Barnsley Hospital
    Working with Regulatory Services and Barnsley Hospital, Barnsley Metropolitan Council Public Health Team has developed a system to report anaphylaxis incidents resulting from eating at or from a commercial food business.
  • Integrated Mosquito Research Group, Malaysian Association of Environmental Health and Kuala Lumpur City Hall
    Integrated Mosquito Research Group, Malaysian Association of Environmental Health, Kuala Lumpur City Hall and various Malaysian community groups and schools have been working together as part of a community engagement programme to tackle Dengue fever.
  • Wakefield Council, Food Standards Agency and WM Morrison Supermarkets
    Working in partnership with the Food Standards Agency and WM Morrison supermarkets, Wakefield Council was one of the first Primary Authorities in the country to take National Inspection Strategies from an unexplored concept to a viable option for delivering risk-based regulation.
  • Clean Air Villages Programme
    This Defra-funded air quality improvement scheme, has been delivered by the Cross River Partnership with the London boroughs of Lambeth (lead authority), Hammersmith and Fulham, Islington, Lewisham and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, alongside other local partners.
  • North Lincolnshire Council and Humberside Police
    A collaborative working approach has been developed between teams at North Lincolnshire Council and Humberside Police, which resulted in the closure of properties which were attracting high levels of anti-social behaviour, some of which were poorly maintained, unlicensed HMOs. 

This award is for a project or campaign that has had an impact or outcome of improving health, wellbeing and environment. Sponsored by Grafton Empty Homes.

  • The Gedling Hospital Prevention and Discharge Project
    This pilot project between Gedling Borough Council Public Protection Service and three hospitals in Nottingham was established to reduce bed-blocking and avoidable admissions caused by unsafe or unsuitable housing and to support homeless patients through holistic and flexible services.
  • Southwark Council Screening Scheme
    Following a multi-agency enforcement operation, Southwark Council now screens all of the borough’s hand carwashes for health and safety and modern slavery. This enforcement action involved officers mapping and visiting every carwash in Southwark, distributing information packs, giving advice and signposting further information.
  • City of Wolverhampton Council Fly-Tipping Reduction Scheme
    The council has reduced reports of fly-tipping by 50%, saving £75,000, by incentivising the community to report instances with a £100 gift card for any information which leads to a successful payment of a fixed penalty notice or fine.

This award recognises innovative examples of good practice, challenging assumptions and professional boundaries to achieve effective environmental health outcomes. Sponsored by RHE Global.

  • City of Lincoln Council tackling Anti-Social Behaviour
    The council is working to address the incidence of on-street Anti-Social Behaviour, aggressive begging and substance misuse and associated issues in the city centre. The intervention team is tasked with not only dealing with the behaviour but also addressing the deep-rooted issues that lead to it.
  • Nael General Contracting Group Food Safety Project
    A high proportion of staff were storing hot food in low-grade plastic bags, which can lead to chronic health problems. Nael supplied its workers with free steel lunch boxes to address this and promote safe food handling, also reducing the company’s generation of plastic waste by 32%.
  • Leicestershire Waste Partnership Communications Campaign
    Fly-tipping is a polluting blight on local environments, and hazardous to the public and wildlife. Leicestershire Waste Partnership implemented a county-wide communications campaign to engage residents about the impact of this fly-tipping. This initiative generated wide media coverage and should translate to reduced fly-tipping in the future in this region.

This award recognises an individual who has delivered a significant improvement to health, wellbeing and environment. Sponsored by Osborne Richardson.

  • David Lown - Curriculum Co-ordinator, Weston College Group
    To raise awareness of environmental health with the next generation of EHPs, David developed two interactive activities that relate to mobile phones targeting 10-16 year olds. These activities were demonstrated to over 3,000 people at events such as the Big Bang Science Fair.
  • Stephen Monday - Safeguard Expert, Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation
    Stephen has been working in Liberia to rehabilitate the White Plains water production plant that supplies the capital’s existing water network. Implementation of this challenging project has been made much easier by consulting with local people in the affected areas and gaining their support.
  • Charlotte Rose – Senior EHO, City of Wolverhampton Council
    The City of Wolverhampton Council is leading the way in public protection from unsafe, extreme body modification. Charlotte has been leading investigations and been instrumental in the production of a toolkit to assist other authorities wanting to prosecute those who jeopardise their clients’ safety. 

This award recognises a team that has delivered a significant improvement to health, wellbeing and environment. Sponsored by Just Eat.

  • University Centre Weston (UCW) Environmental Health Widening Participation Team
    The team has joined forces to raise awareness of environmental health as a rewarding career option by developing interactive activities in areas such as music-induced hearing loss and the bacterial risk on phones. It has taken these demonstrations into schools, food festivals, community events and science fairs.
  • 1st (United Kingdom) Division Environmental Health Team
    The 1st (United Kingdom) Division Environmental Health Team looks after a force of 19,000 personnel. It consistently delivers proactive and effective responses to multifarious health threats, meeting all challenges and tight deadlines head-on, working across the full spectrum of environmental health.
  • Tuck IN Food Health Team
    Tuck IN helps independent food businesses facilitate healthier lifestyle choices by educating food businesses to make changes in ingredients and cooking techniques that reduce salt, fat, sugar and calories without alienating their customers, and so making a positive impact on community health.

This award recognises an individual or organisation that has benefitted their communities or environment significantly in the context of Food Safety. Sponsored by Checkit.

  • Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council Environmental Health Food Safety Team
    To increase the knowledge and understanding of the effective management of the 14 food allergens amongst food businesses, the team produced a short informative video as part of an allergen seminar, which was included as a training tool for businesses. 
  • Helen Atkinson, Primary Authority Officer, WM Morrison Supermarkets
    Helen has been working in partnership with Morrisons and the Food Standards Agency on the Regulating Our Future programme. She is exploring whether National Inspection Strategies can play a role in modernising the regulatory regime by regulating food businesses differently and having a sustainable approach.
  • Sandra Cheung – EHO, Sedgemoor Council
    Fluent in Cantonese, and with a background in a family food business, Sandra has used her skills to help local Chinese communities and local authorities by translating, advising and training to break down language barriers and improve communication on both sides.

This award recognises an individual who is a student or in the first three years of their professional career who demonstrates initiative and inspirational qualities in the field of environmental health. Sponsored by Tascomi.

  • Daniel Rozario
    Daniel has just graduated from a four year MSc in Environmental Health. During this time he organised a two-week placement with the Environmental Agency in Gibraltar, and also undertook a dissertation resulting in a 547 responses to his questionnaire on stress. 
  • Nathaniel Smith
    Rather than waiting for a job to come along, Nathaniel set up Kernow Consult specialising food hygiene and health and safety. His dissertation looked at the health risks from smart phones in kitchens including a survey of trainee chef and microbiological sampling from phone screens.
  • Helen Allen
    Helen is a teacher at All Saints School in Weymouth and committed to training school children in years 9,10,11 in CIEH Food Hygiene. Despite budgetary constraints, the school supports the local tourist industry by providing young trained food handlers for this expanding industry.
  • Hassan Alzain
    Since graduating, Hassan has been working at Saudi Aramco and participated in high-level operational excellence programs which aim to minimize risks to employees’ health. He was also responsible for introducing Nutrition Fact Sheets and Traffic Light Labelling to Saudi Arabia.
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