Press Release

17 May 2013

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) has just announced this year's launch of the Arts and Heath Awards.

The award scheme will mark this as its 6th year in collaboration with the Sidney De Hann Research Centre for Arts and Health at Canterbury Christ Church University. Each year has a different focus for entries, this year being ‘Creative Arts and the Criminal Justice System in Secure Settings and the Community.’

In previous years the awards have recognised excellent work in the fields of music and health, arts and mental health, arts and inequalities and the role of arts in promoting the health and wellbeing of children and young people.

Professor Stephen Clift, Director of Canterbury Christ Church University’s Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health said; “The Sidney De Haan Research Centre is one of the UK’s leading research groups in the growing field of arts and health, and has an international reputation for work on singing and health.  Currently we are pursuing research and knowledge exchange activities on the value of singing for mental health and for people with dementia, Parkinson’s and COPD.

“Since 2008 the Sidney De Haan Research Centre has worked with the Royal Society for Public Health in organising annual national Arts and Health Awards recognising quality and innovation in this field. This year the focus of the awards on arts in criminal justice settings and we look forward to receiving nominations from across the UK for creative arts and music in the rehabilitation of offenders and helping to avoid re-offending.”

Nominations are invited for individuals or organisations whose work has enhanced the contribution to creative arts in relation to health and wellbeing through two elements. The development and delivery of high quality programmes of creative arts activity, and, substantial research or evaluation studies on the contribution of creative arts, both elements helping to promote the health and wellbeing of people in custodial or secure settings.

All nominations must be submitted by the 5 July 2013 and will be considered by a special Awards Committee, established by the RSPH. The winning individuals and organizations will find out if their nomination has been successful at the end of July and will attend an award ceremony in September.

Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students, across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 93% of our recent UK undergraduates are in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • Christ Church is the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2011 UCAS).
  • We are the South East’s largest provider of courses for public service careers (outside of London).

*2010/11 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey        

Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH)

  • The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) is an independent, multi-disciplinary organisation, dedicated to the promotion and protection of collective human health and wellbeing. Through advocacy, mediation, empowerment, knowledge and practice we advise on policy development, provide education and training services, encourage scientific research, disseminate information and certify products, training centres and processes.
  • The RSPH is the oldest public health body in the world and enjoys patronage of Her Majesty the Queen It is a registered charity operating under Royal Charter
  • The RSPH is an awarding body recognised by Ofqual. Around 100,000 students take our qualifications each year through our network of over 1500 training centres throughout the UK. Our qualifications cover areas including health improvement, food hygiene, pest control, health & safety, nutrition and emergency planning.
  • The RSPH is a membership organisation with almost 7,000 members. Membership of RSPH is a widely recognised mark of commitment to public health and brings real professional benefits.
  • The RSPH run a wide variety of conferences covering topics such as food safety, water, infection control and occupational medicine as well as training programmes covering all aspects of health improvement
  • The RSPH run an accreditation service for health and safety related products and manage the second largest food packaging certification scheme in the UK


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