7 September 2012
Director of Public Health Award - Schools

The Director of Public Health Award is a new Health and Wellbeing Award for schools and educational settings in Somerset.


The Director of Public Health Award encourages schools to continue their excellent work in promoting health and wellbeing for children and young people. It builds on the previous achievements of National Healthy Schools Status and Healthy Schools Plus and it recognises and rewards schools that deliver health and well-being outcomes. It also uses a framework that enables schools to tackle the most pressing health issues reaching those with the greatest need.

Dr Caroline Gamlin is the Joint Director of Public Health for NHS Somerset and Somerset County Council: 


She says:

‘The Director of Public Health Award will enable schools to demonstrate how they meet the health and well-being needs of children and young people. It provides an evidence-based process in which to achieve excellence and guarantees recognition for the many schools who work hard to bring about measurable healthier behaviour change.

The Award is designed so that educational settings can identify their own local health needs and then take action, particularly targeting those pupils that have the greatest health inequalities. Schools have become highly successful at delivering health education and this Award will continue to support this work and the vital role it plays in helping children and young people achieve well in school.’


To gain the prestigious Director of Public Health Award, a school has to complete a biennial Health Needs Assessment and complete at least one Targeted Level intervention each academic year. 


The Health Needs Assessment shows evidence that a school is keen to monitor the health needs of its population and therefore remain a healthy place. The assessment will highlight areas that might need further development and focus attention towards more targeted groups or key health priorities. To begin work on the Director of Public Health Award, schools need to obtain a unique login. This will give schools access to the programme website and recording templates for both the Health Needs Assessment and Targeted Level work.


To request further information about a login and how to get started, please email or or call 01935 385068