More than 150 health professionals and two Olympic athletes gathered to celebrate Medway’s public health services.
The first A Better Medway Awards were held at University of Greenwich’s Medway Campus on Friday, 5 July. The awards aim to recognise the achievements of the last year and celebrate the fantastic work of public health professionals, partners and volunteers across Medway.
Award categories included outstanding contribution to public health, volunteer of the year, pharmacy of the year, GP of the year and the shaping Medway award.
Kate Allenby MBE double Olympic and Commonwealth Games, modern pentathlete and three-time Olympic fencer James Williams, Medway Council’s Director of Public Health were both in attendance and Kate gave a keynote speech about achieving the impossible.
The Outstanding Contribution to Public Health Award was given to Team Connect from the midwifery department at Medway Maritime Hospital. Team Connect, which was launched at the end of 2018, provides women centred specialised care which is tailored to meet the needs and vulnerabilities of women and their families during both the antenatal and postnatal periods. The scheme has transformed the care and service provided to vulnerable families.
The Blue Light Project received the Shaping Medway Health Award. The multi-agency project supports some of Medway’s most vulnerable residents who face homelessness.
The Outstanding Contribution to Mental Health Award was given to wHoo Cares. The charity supports vulnerable members of the community on the peninsula and is working to combat social isolation.
Fantastic to celebrate Medway's public health services
Cllr David Brake, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder Covering Public Health, said: “Congratulations to all the winners of the first A Better Medway awards. It was fantastic to celebrate Medway’s public health services and recognise colleagues who go above and beyond to help our residents live healthier lives. I would encourage residents to find out more about Medway’s fantastic public health services.”