Annual awards and prizes


Every year, we ask our Fellows to nominate brilliant Public Health professionals to join FPH.  They can be paramedics, police officers, midwives or dentists.  FPH are open to welcoming people working in areas not traditionally covered by our specialist training programme.  Also we are encouraging people who live/work outside the UK. We value the broad range of expertise and experience these colleagues bring to the public health family. 

All Fellows of FPH are invited to submit nominations for the 2018/19 proposals round for the following grades of membership between Monday 13 August and Friday 1 December 2018:

  • Practitioner Membership through Distinction
  • Membership through Distinction
  • Fellowship through Distinction
  • Honorary Membership
  • Honorary Fellowship

This provides an excellent opportunity to make sure that everyone who has made a significant contribution to public health gets the formal recognition they deserve by receiving the highest and most sought-after levels of membership available at FPH, and the use of post-nominal letters to reflect that. This year, we were pleased to welcome our Distinction and Honorary members at a celebratory event that included the annual DARE lecture.

Please note the following changes to the nomination process that came into effect on 2nd October 2018: 

  • People who aren’t yet members are able to nominate themselves (but will need to include two supporting references) 
  • Fellows may now nominate as many people as they like (because we’ve lifted the ‘three nominations per Fellow’ cap)
  • Nominations for Practitioner Membership through Distinction can now be made throughout the year (this came into effect in August 2017)

For more information on how to nominate, please visit our FAQ page


The FPH Service Awards provides formal recognition for members who support us by volunteering their time and expertise through sitting in one of our core roles, such as acting as an Examiner, a CPD Coordinator or chairing our committees.  The FPH Service Award allows us to celebrate the long term contributions that our members make and marks our gratitude for their dedication to the Faculty.  Please see below the different awards and prizes we have to offer. 

This prize is endowed by Professor Alwyn Smith on his retirement as President of the Faculty in 1986. A medal and certificate are normally awarded annually to the FPH member or fellow judged to have made the most outstanding contribution to the health of the public by either research or practice in community medicine (public health medicine).

The prize is awarded at the discretion of the current FPH president.

Nomination form


Established by Dr Wilfrid and Mrs Hilary Harding in 1990, a certificate and cheque are normally awarded biennially to a member judged to have made the most outstanding effort and achievement on behalf of FPH.

Nomination form 


In honour of the first President of the Faculty, the late Professor Archie Cochrane, a medal and cheque are normally awarded each year to an undergraduate student to support an educational activity in the field of public health medicine.



Named in honour of the late Sir John Brotherston, past President of the Faculty, a prize is normally awarded annually for the best essay or research on a public health topic written by a student of medicine or young graduate prior to full registration.


Established in 1996 by Michael O'Brien, past President of the Faculty, a medal and cheque are normally awarded annually for outstanding performance in the MFPH Part A examination.


Dr June Crown, past President of the Faculty, and her husband, Dr Sidney Crown, endowed an annual award starting in 1999 whose purpose is to assist young members of FPH (particularly those working within the National Health Service) to gain experience or further training outside the United Kingdom.



The prize is awarded in March each year to the candidate with the highest score in the Part B MFPH (OSPHE) examination at their first attempt.

Eligibility for the competition will be restricted to those recognised as Specialist Registrar/Specialist Trainee Members in Public Health on the date of the submission of Part B of the Examination for Membership of FPH.


This prize was instituted by Dorothy Hedderwick to commemorate the centenary of the appointment of her father, Sir Henry Duncan Littlejohn, as Medical Officer for the City of Edinburgh, and of his friend, Sir William Tennant Gairdner, as Medical Officer of Health for the City of Glasgow.

A medal and cheque are normally awarded annually to a candidate who is undertaking a general public health training and showing outstanding potential in making a contribution to public health in Scotland. Candidates must have passed Part A MFPH examination at their first attempt.


Dr Ann Thomas joined FPH in 1982 and continued to work as a consultant in public health in Wales. She had keen interest in supporting new trainees who entered the specialty. On her death in October 2004 she kindly left a sum of money to be invested to provide a prize linked to a FPH examination for trainees who had a Welsh connection.


Health is global and the FPH recognises that global public health practice is an important part of achieving our mission of better health for all.  Many of our members contribute to this work in a variety of different ways and in different parts of the world, promoting public health practice as well as engaging in projects which promote the health of populations. The Sian Griffiths Global Public Health Award recognises these achievements in global public health often in difficult circumstances.


Nomination form

To recognise the vital contributions of its members by way of a trainer award, a prize is normally awarded each year to two Educational Supervisors who demonstrate educational impact, exceptional commitment and/or innovation to the specialty in their remit as a trainer.


An award shall each year be given for the best piece of work, including papers, policies, posters, presentations, audits or research, on a public health topic seeking to improve the health of black and minority ethnic communities or reduce health inequalities in the United Kingdom.



FPH are introducing an award to recognise the outstanding work of its staff. 
FPH staff work with our members in a variety of different roles and often for many years at a time. Our members wish to reward the staff team’s hard work and long-standing achievements.

Nominations for the award may be for any aspect of FPH work, including individual projects or outstanding contributions to an area of FPH core services, and must be supported by two members or fellows. Any current paid employee of FPH or former employees who have left a paid position at FPH within the previous 12 months are eligible to be nominated, with the exception of the Senior Management Team.

Nominations are now open for this year’s award and will close on 1st February. Please click through for the criteria, draft regulations and a nomination form can be downloaded here.

If you are aware of some outstanding work within FPH but unsure who should be recognised for this, please email:

The FPH Synergy Award recognises an individual who has demonstrated a strong commitment to, or success in, collaboration on behalf of FPH with another organisation and has been effective in developing a synergistic relationship as part of an outward-facing approach to driving forward public health objectives. This award has been established by Lindsey Davies, President of FPH from 2011 until 2014

Entries are open to anyone who is either a member of FPH, within any category, or is part of the FPH staff team.

Nominations can be from any member of FPH committee or special interest group, anyone holding a position in FPH (such as a faculty adviser, mentor, etc.) or any member of staff. Nominations must be submitted to
Application form


This award is sponsored by Professor Sarah Stewart Brown with the aim of encouraging and promoting leadership and innovation in public mental health in the UK among members of the public health community. The prize is £500 and the deadline for nominations is 7 May. Please submit your proposal to in no longer than 500 words – describing how your project meets the criteria for the award.