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Here are the categories for the UK Sexual Health Awards 2015, including criteria for each. Nominations closed on Friday 5 December 2014.

There are eight categories of award to nominate for and details are included below.

  In addition to the nominated awards, two elected awards of excellence will be presented on the night for:

     
  • Parliamentarian of the year
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  • Lifetime Achievement Award

Sexual health professional of the year

This person needs to display at least three of the following five qualities:

  • innovative approaches to their work
  • outstanding levels of commitment to patient or client care that puts the patient at the heart of what they do
  • evidence of having had a demonstrable impact in improving sexual health and wellbeing
  • being an inspiration to those they work with and the people they help
  • advocating for the needs and rights of service users in a way that creates lasting and significant change.

Young person of the year

The young person nominated must be under 25 and needs to display at least three of the following five qualities:

  • outstanding dedication to the field of sexual health and/or young people’s emotional wellbeing
  • innovative and creative approaches to improving sexual health and/or emotional wellbeing
  • a positive role model for their peers
  • demonstrable journey of personal development
  • evidence of having made a positive contribution or impact.

Adult sexual health service/project of the year

This service/project needs to show evidence of at least three of the following four criteria:

  • a demonstrable positive impact on the sexual health and wellbeing of adults
  • innovative and creative approaches to improving the sexual health of adults
  • an outstanding commitment to staff and/or volunteer development
  • evidence of an improvement in trust and confidence amongst users/clients of the service/project.

Young people's sexual health service/project of the year

This service/project needs to show evidence of at least three of the following four criteria:

  • a demonstrable positive impact on the sexual health and wellbeing of young people
  • innovative and creative approaches to improving the sexual health of young people
  • an outstanding commitment to staff and/or volunteer development
  • evidence of an improvement in trust and confidence amongst users/clients of the service/project.

The Pamela Sheridan Award - recognising pioneering approaches to relationships, sex and wellbeing education

Pamela Sheridan (1911-1994) had a lifelong involvement in family planning and was an early sex education pioneer. Her family established this award in her memory. This award recognises good practice in a service/project or in sex and relationships education for young people under 25.

This education initiative needs to show evidence of at least three of the following four criteria:

  • a demonstrable impact on young people's knowledge of sexual health
  • innovative and creative approaches to sex and relationships education
  • the initiative can be easily replicated
  • evidence that the education has inspired and engaged participants.

Sexual health media campaign/storyline of the year

This will be awarded to a public health information, advertising, marketing or promotional campaign, a website, social media campaign or broadcast storyline from TV or radio.

Entries should demonstrate the following criteria:

  • innovative and creative approaches to sexual health
  • imaginative ways of engaging with the audience
  • researched well, with evidence of the scale of its impact
  • all sexual health information should be factually correct.

Rosemary Goodchild award for excellence in journalism

The Rosemary Goodchild Award for excellence in journalism, recognising the very best articles on sexual and reproductive health.

The award puts particular emphasis on articles relating to sexual health education, rights or support for women of all ages.

Subjects can include sex and relationships education, sexual health services, sexually transmitted infections, sexual orientation and gender identity, sex and the law, pregnancy, abortion, contraception, sexualisation or exploitation.

The award is open to all UK-based national and regional press, consumer magazines, trade press and professional journals. Commissioned articles appearing as online content on UK websites will be accepted. Entries from blogs will also be accepted, but the journalist should select a single article for submission.

Articles:

  • must be factually correct
  • must be medically sound
  • should support the goals of charities working in these fields
  • must have been published between 1 January and 5 December 2014. 

Rosemary Goodchild was born in Bath. She joined the BBC after graduating in Physics from London University. She later worked for other media outlets while travelling abroad with her husband Trevor, a foreign correspondent, and son Marc, now an award-winning director and producer.

She was FPA's press officer for nearly a decade; major concerns of the charity during her time were how to deal with the emergence of AIDS and fighting an attempt to prevent GPs giving contraceptive advice to girls under 16. Rosemary successfully used her press and professional contacts in a long campaign with others that thwarted this attempt.

Trevor and Marc set up the award with FPA after she died of ovarian cancer in 1988 at the age of 45. It was established to remember her, forward her goal of promoting good journalism about sexual health issues, and help publicise the work of FPA.

Public Health England Sexual Health, Reproductive Health & HIV Award 2015: Best Practice in Whole System Commissioning

Public Health England has identified system leadership as one of its key objectives for Sexual Health, Reproductive Health and HIV. This includes the development and publication of a guide to whole system commissioning ‘Making it work’ which encompasses key messages for successful commissioning in the new landscape.

This award will celebrate best practice in whole system commissioning across Sexual Health, Reproductive Health & HIV. It will highlight how jointly commissioning across the system helps ensure innovative services / prevention programmes, and how this directly contributes to improved health outcomes for service users.

PHE wants to recognise the excellent work commissioners are undertaking in a new highly complex system. Your nomination could be for a particular project, service or programme of work. The category includes commissioners, commissioned services, pathways for treatment and care and commissioned prevention projects/programmes across the topic area of sexual health, reproductive health and HIV.

The panel are looking for:

  • evidence of undertaking and/or developing a whole systems approach to commissioning
  • examples where teams and organisations have maximised opportunities to jointly commission across different parts of the sexual health, reproductive health and HIV system
  • maximised opportunities to tackle the wider determinates of health
  • evidence of putting people at the centre of commissioning to improve patient journeys and experience
  • inspirational people and teams who work to foster great working relationships across the sector within commissioning
  • evidence of drawing on the views of clinicians and service users to inform commissioning decisions
  • individuals and / or teams deserving of recognition for their hard work and dedication to sexual health, reproductive health and HIV commissioning.