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CIEH is delighted to announce the shortlist for the CIEH Excellence Awards 2018.

Categories and Shortlisted Nominees for CIEH Excellence Awards



Entries showcased the breadth of work carried out by environmental health professionals and services across all employment sectors in the UK and overseas. Judges gave specific consideration to the entries which included:

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

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

A project or campaign that has had an impact or outcome of improving health, wellbeing and environment.

  • London Borough of Brent
    A multi-agency task force was put together to tackle issues associated with shisha cafes, including: public health risks; smell, noise and antisocial behaviour. Non-compliant shisha cafes were made compliant through education and the regulation of shisha smoking activities through partner agencies.
  • Birmingham City Council with Wolverhampton Environmental Health, PHE (West Midlands) and Walsall Environmental Health
    Through partnership, these organisations developed and delivered the first bespoke eyebrow micro-blading infection prevention and control (IPC) training course. This initiative aims to reduce potential skin infections and blood borne virus risks associated with micro-blading, through the training of technicians before they operate.
  • CIEH North East Region and Water For Kids
    CIEH North East Region raised funds to deliver a sustainable environmental health project in Kenya. They partnered with Water for Kids, The Kenya Acorn Project and seven EHP volunteers. With the assistance of local people, they provided safe drinking water, facilities and water for hand washing and hygiene education for the first time in four remote primary schools, thus reducing pupil absences.
  • Crawley Borough Council
    Since 1990, Crawley Junior Citizen has given Year 6 school children in 21 of Crawley’s primary schools the opportunity to learn about environmental health and hazard avoidance. Crawley Junior Citizen teaches the dangers of electricity, safety in the domestic kitchen, consequences of crime, fire safety and other hazards that children should be conscious of.
  • Mid and East Antrim Borough Council with Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council and Public Health Agency
    In response to fuel poverty, the Energy Detectives Schools programme provides practical learning for school children around home energy use with the help of an energy monitor. Pupils take part in fun activities that help them and their families identify ‘energy thieves’ in their homes and discover where energy is wasted. To date, 62 schools and 1300 pupils have taken part.
  • Chelmsford City Council with CHESS Homeless
    ‘Spare Change or Real Change’ is a campaign combatting a rise in street begging and anti-social behaviour in Chelmsford. A combination of educating members of the public, promoting help available and taking practical action including enforcement action resulted in positive outcomes for several individuals who would otherwise have remained on the streets.

Innovative examples of good practice, challenging assumptions and professional boundaries to achieve effective environmental health outcomes.

  • Nael General Contracting LLC
    "Centralized Water System" aims to reduce renal infection cases in open work areas, where dehydrated construction workers in Abu Dhabi are exposed to summertime temperatures of up to 55 degrees Celsius, and there are challenges in maintaining water temperatures below 30 degrees Celsius. The centralized water system is a solution to the issue of keeping the workforce sufficiently hydrated, through the use of water tanks, thermal insulation, electrical pumps and filtration. renal infection cases in the open work area.
  • London Borough of Lewisham
    Lewisham Council's Air Quality Campaign aims to reduce emissions and reduce exposure to poor air quality. The campaign has had clear and consistent messaging targeting key audiences in the borough, coordinated across the year and using a range of channels. Working with King’s College London, the Lewisham Air app was developed, providing information for residents to inform choices, allowing them to find low pollution travel routes, set up alerts, access live air quality data and up to date news and events.
  • Navitas Digital Safety with British Airways
    To help British Airways improve the environmental impact of their Food Safety management, Navitas Digital Food Safety installed their Food Safety Management System in the airline’s seven lounges at Heathrow. By using the system, BA is able to eliminate their previous paper-based system, and reduce any additional costs incurred through stock wastage.
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology
    Professor Daniel B. Oerther FCIEH has improved environmental health conditions among 210,000 non-Spanish speaking indigenous Ladino people in a remote area of Guatemala. Data analytics were used to inform the construction of Structural Equation Models to assess the effectiveness of water and food safety interventions. Professor Oerther also undertook a project delivering culturally sensitive food safety training with the long-term aim of eliminating childhood stunting among the wider population of 7 million Ladinos.
  • Cornwall Council
    To support the delivery of Cornwall Council’s Local Plan, a joint-service initiative between Environmental Health and Planning Services was undertaken and supported by Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership ‘Better Business for All’ (BBfA) partnership. A systems review of planning and consultation processes was undertaken and new ways of working introduced in mid-2017. This included changes to Environmental Health’s inputs into the planning process, with an emphasis on providing wraparound environmental health support to applicants to improve service user satisfaction whilst achieving an approximate 30% reduction in EH resources to date.
  • Integrated Mosquito Research Group
    Current vector control programmes have utilized multiple methods without considering the environmental impact, leading to insecticidal resistance and impacts on non-target organisms. The World Health Organization (WHO) has urged vector control programs to discover and implement new strategies for integrated mosquito management (IMM) that are environmentally friendly, sustainable, and cost effective, and in response, this Malaysia-based group have developed an Attractive Toxic Sugar Bait (ATSB) method for mosquito abatement.

An individual who has delivered a significant improvement to health, wellbeing and environment.

  • Nazri Dom, Universiti Teknologi MARA
    Nazri's speciality is in applied entomology and GIS for health and environmental problems. He has ten years of teaching and research, with over 60 articles published in related technical journals, which explore these topics from different perspectives. His main current research attempts to understand the fundamental mechanisms involved in the transmission of mosquito-borne disease and seeks a sustainable approach to vector control.
  • Daniel Oerther, Missouri University of Science and Technology
    Professor Daniel B. Oerther FCIEH has improved environmental health conditions among 210,000 non-Spanish speaking indigenous Ladino people in a remote area of Guatemala. Data analytics were used to inform the construction of Structural Equation Models to assess the effectiveness of water and food safety interventions. Professor Oerther also undertook a project delivering culturally sensitive food safety training with the long-term aim of eliminating childhood stunting among the wider population of 7 million Ladinos.
  • Sam Lauder, Powys County Council
    Sam is currently deployed with the British Red Cross in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in response to an Ebola outbreak. As a Hygiene Promoter in their Emergency Response Unit he is securing significant improvements to health. These occasional yet significant deployments away from his traditional yet demanding role as a Senior Environmental Health Officer with Powys provide Sam with fulfilment in his working life as a consummate Environmental Health Practitioner.
  • Michela Cogan, Harrow Council
    Michela Cogan, of Harrow's Commercial Safety Team, should be granted an award for her devotion to the core values of public health and dedication to justice by developing a highly complex and successful landmark case relating to the sale of the diet drug DNP (2,4-Dinitrophenol). Her personal and professional effort and sacrifice was beyond normal expectation and she has succeeded with a case which could have failed at the outset but will now inform future judgments relating to food offences.
  • Jeremy Pritchard, Mid Devon District Council
    Jeremy has led a successful prosecution of a slaughterhouse operative, who was sentenced to 8 months imprisonment, suspended for two years and ordered to do 180 hours unpaid community work at Exeter Crown Court for running an illegal slaughterhouse in Mid Devon. The case was a significant landmark for the Council, and a first for a food authority, in the successful use of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 to recover the business’s £40,000 profit.
  • Mark Flanagan, Shield Safety Group
    Mark has a 30-year history of demonstrable commitment to public health. He saw the formation of Shield Safety Group in 2003 as an opportunity to build on and compliment the work of regulators by offering a bespoke auditing and advice service. The company now carries out over 30,000 national audits and handles over 35,000 helpline cases per year via their safety advice line.  EHPs are facing challenging employment times and Mark is very proud to be the largest employer of EHP’s in the country, offering a new career stream and development opportunities for the profession. Mark continues to adapt and is recognised as an early adopter of new technology and data management systems.

A team that has delivered a significant improvement to health, wellbeing and environment.

  • Private Sector Housing Licensing Team, Liverpool City Council
    Through the team’s Landlord licensing work, property management standards and conditions in Liverpool are improving. The team administers the city wide Selective Licensing and Mandatory HMO Licensing schemes covering 50,000 licensable properties across the city as well as mainstream housing enforcement in high risk properties. Landlord Licensing allows joined up working across PRS regulation never before seen in Liverpool. 
  • Joint Services Health Unit (JSHU)
    In 2018 JSHU (Cyprus) celebrate their 50th anniversary, it is amazing to see how much has changed relating to vector control; no longer are DDT and diesel oil being used in great concentrations with the associated environmental impact and risk to health, these have been replaced with agents that only target mosquitoes and help the natural environment to flourish once again whilst reducing the risk of disease and nuisance. The team are also proud to facilitate a two-week training period each year where military student EHP receive in depth training in entomology and pest control.
  • Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council Health & Wellbeing Team
    Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council’s Health and Wellbeing team has been successful in embedding use of the principles of Co-Production at individual, community and strategic level. The team is focused on creating and influencing positive change to improve health and wellbeing outcomes. Underpinning this work are a number of Regional Strategic Plans including the Draft Programme for Government, Making Life Better and Health and Wellbeing 2026 - Delivering Together.
  • Environmental Health Apprenticeship Steering Group
    Environmental Health student numbers have declined recently and without new blood the profession will struggle. In 2015 Public Health England SW put together an Environmental Health Apprenticeship Steering Group with volunteers from local authorities, private sector companies, UWE and Weston College plus CIEH representatives. A level 4 EH apprenticeship was developed, but did not gain approval from BIS. Undeterred, the group reformed in 2017 to develop a level 6 degree EH Apprenticeship. The now approved apprenticeship is being developed with the Institute of Apprenticeships.

An individual or organisation that has benefitted their communities or environment significantly in the area of Housing.

  • Tom Birtwistle, Fylde Council
    Tom Birtwistle CenvH MCIEH was recently awarded £28,000 from Lancashire County Council, and then was able to secure an additional £20,000 from Council sources and government funding to deliver affordable warmth measures to 52 vulnerable clients.  Client referrals have been sourced from work with local clients and through an innovative promotional event called the “Heat and Eat” scheme which is now being used across the county. Clients have been further referred to a range of partner agencies including Home Improvement Agencies, social services and fire services. 
  • Lancaster University
    Lancaster University, in partnership with Lancaster City Council, has introduced an innovative student housing accreditation scheme which goes beyond traditional approaches by enhancing the overall private sector experience for students, private landlords and the wider community. The University undertakes a rigorous inspection, compliance and vetting regime to promote good housing and management, and also provides attractive benefits for users and members. The use of an imaginative marketing campaign has raised the profile of the scheme, and, by association with the University, inspires confidence amongst the target market. 
  • University Centre Weston and University of the West of England
    Local Government has experienced significant cuts, few have the staff and budgets to undertake proactive work and build an evidence base. This also impacts training Environmental Health students, who have less opportunities to gain work experience. This project provides a solution to both problems with UCW and UWE organising housing surveys with Local Authorities using students to collect data. In 2017 two surveys were undertaken over 3 days for Mendip and BANES respectively, resulting in an Additional Licencing scheme, one research conference poster and destinations of leavers from higher education of 92.3% for UCW EH students in 2017.
  • Housing Enforcement Team, Blackpool Council
    The Housing Enforcement team has been significantly proactive in delivering a first class and robust enforcement service targeting rogue landlords, poor accommodation, anti-social behaviour and contributing to the overall success of a clean-up operation in Blackpool. The team has national recognition of working in strong partnerships with agencies including Fire, Police and other internal and external stakeholders. The team’s success and working ethic has led to a continuing resounding support from Council Members.  
  • Kelly Ansell, Bournemouth Borough Council
    Following a critical incident in 2012 in the Boscombe West district of Bornemouth, the Council and Police looked to broaden partnership working and tackle accommodation with support and problematic houses in multiple occupation in a specified target area, through targeted inspections. The project was named Operation Galaxy (OG). The OG project aimed to improve housing conditions, improve the appearance of the area, reduce crime and anti-social behaviour, engage local residents and improve the health and support of those in the target area. Key outcomes included a £100,000 worth of investment from landlords to improve the conditions of their properties through a mixture of informal enforcement action and engagement and a 10% reduction in people feeling unsafe in the evening between 2016-2017.
  • Becky Bell, Oxford Home Improvement Agency
    Becky’s work has led to the implementation of a unique new grant policy (RRO), which offers non-means tested Disabled Facilities Grants (DFGs), flexible loans, relocation assistance and repair, heating and discretionary and safe & secure grants which provide a flexible array of assistance to meet client’s needs. This new policy offers non-means tested DFG, flexible Loans, relocation assistance and repair, heating discretionary and safe & secure grants which provide a flexible array of assistance to meet client’s needs. 

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.

  • Emma Samuel
    Emma has designed, implemented and evaluated a food-service focussed handwashing intervention, based on a ‘shock tactics’ poster.
  • Ibrahim Youssef Al Miari
    Ibrahim is responsible for supervising seven primary health care centers providing health services for 88,000 Palestinian refugees in south Lebanon. He is responsible for a school health programme, including vaccination, outbreak management, health awareness and data analysis.
  • Lindsey Holmes
    Lindsey has developed a model for private sector work-based learning in Environmental Health with University Centre Weston resulting in NSF winning Outstanding Workplace Provider of the Year at UCW Awards 2018.
  • Claire Paylor
    Claire has made a major difference to public health protection within Selby. Her passion for food safety is evidenced by her university dissertation on ready-to-eat salad products, and by her dedication to the CIEH Regional Management Board for the Yorkshire and Humber region, Port Health SIG and numerous food-focused steering groups for the last 2 years. Claire also provides guidance to students at Leeds Beckett University about careers in Environmental Health and organises student focused events across Yorkshire.
  • Muhammad Nasir
    Muhammad’s MSc research focused on landfill scavenging in Indonesia. He returned to Indonesia as an environmental health lecturer at Tadulako University and is currently working on a project researching health, wellness and sustainability in remote areas to develop initiatives tailored to local circumstances for maximum effectiveness.