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CIEH celebrates best in environmental health

Stuart Spear02/11/2017 - 16:26

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Wirral team with Anne Godfrey next to sponsor Grafton Homes
Wirral team with Anne Godfrey next to sponsor Grafton Homes

Over thirty of the best examples of environmental health practice were showcased today at the CIEH Excellence Awards 2017.

Held at CIEH Chadwick Court headquarters the ceremony saw the launch of the new format Excellence Awards designed to recognise projects that help improve public health and wellbeing, reduce health inequality, improve public protection while also promoting sustainability.

Sixteen judges from all disciplines of environmental health and drawn from the public and private sector as well as the armed forces were asked to choose the best examples of good practice across seven different categories.

Commenting on the event CIEH chief executive Anne Godfrey said: ‘Environmental health professionals are often unseen and unheard, despite doing some of the most important jobs which help businesses grow and improve and protect people’s health, safety and wellbeing.

‘CIEH Awards are presented to those professionals who have really made a positive difference for the benefit of people, communities, and local businesses, and I would like to congratulate all of our winners for their wonderful work.’

The winner of the Best Environment Health Project was Wirral Council for its multi-agency approach to reducing the availability of cheap and potent alcohol in key areas. The scheme involved persuading local businesses to stop selling super strength alcohol while training off licence staff to recognise problem drinkers.

Wiltshire Council won the Best Innovative Environmental Health Solution for their innovative approach to a resident with severe learning difficulties causing noise and behaving anti-socially.

First place in the Outstanding Environmental Health Professional category was taken by Wayne Blything for his work for the sport charity Kick4Life in Lesotho – one of the world’s most disadvantaged countries.

His work included setting up the social enterprise restaurant No7, to help young people become chefs and the development of a nutrition curriculum for HIV positive youth. No7 has since been ranked the No 1 restaurant to visit on TripAdvisor.

Winner of the Outstanding Environmental Health Team was for a local authority noise consortium made up of Chiltern DC, Aylesbury DC and LB Camden who helped co-ordinate noise mitigation issues at the legislative stage for the HS2 Act covering the London to Birmingham high speed rail link.

Outstanding Military Environmental Health Professional was won by Hannah McMorran for her professional development from graduate to Naval EHO.

‘Evidence of CPD, problem-solving, innovation and personal reflection, all whilst learning to operate and live within a new organisation, made Lt McMorran stand out as achieving excellence,’ said the judges.

Stephen Moore from Cannock Chase Council won the Environmental Hero (Air Quality) category for his response to a fire at an illegal waste site that involved developing an innovative web-based system that provided local people with regular updates and public health advice.

The Rising Environmental Health star category was won Jiani Ma who graduated from Birmingham University with an MSc Public and Environmental Health Sciences in 2016 who is currently working on a public health project led by UK higher education in collaboration with the Chinese municipal government.

The project is set to impact over 60,000 children and their families in China by shifting them to a healthier diet and more active lifestyle. 

The seven award categories are:

  • Best Environmental Health Project
  • Best Innovative Environmental Health Solution
  • Outstanding Environmental Health Professional
  • Outstanding Environmental Health Team
  • Outstanding Military Environmental Health Professional
  • Environmental Hero (Air Quality)
  • Rising Environmental Health Star


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