Sport For Confidence CIC has been crowned national winner at the prestigious annual NHS England Chief Allied Health Professions Officer (CAHPO) Awards, recognising its outstanding contribution to service improvements which benefit population health and wellbeing by tackling health inequalities. 
The awards programme, now in its seventh year, promotes the adoption and dissemination of good practice whilst celebrating the dedication, innovation, leadership and success of individuals and teams. The awards are open to all members of the allied health professions (AHP) community and nominations are made by peers or individuals themselves. 
Lyndsey Barrett, Founder of Sport for Confidence, says: “Gaining this recognition from NHS England reinforces the value in the work our team of community-based occupational therapists deliver every day, using physical activity as the foundation to improve the lives of those who traditionally struggle to access facilities and services. 
“Our application was focused on the work we delivered as part of a ground-breaking Prevention and Enablement model (PEM) that embedded physical activity into a whole system approach to adult health and social care. The project was a test and learn Local Delivery Pilot (LDP), delivered by us in partnership with Adult Social Care at Essex County Council, Active Essex. 
The project outcomes, independently evaluated by the University of Essex and State of Life, evidenced a £58.72 return in Social Value for every £1 Invested.” 
“Winning this award not only helps us promote the success of PEM, it also recognises and rewards the dedication and hard work of every coach, occupational therapist, participant, volunteer, supporting partner and leisure centre team member involved in the project delivery. We accept this award on behalf of everyone who played a part in the project.” 
Linda Hindle, Deputy Chief Allied Health Professionals Officer in the Office of Health Improvement and Disparities, part of the Department of Health and Social Care, announced Sport For Confidence as the Health Champion Award winner. The announcement was made at a virtual awards ceremony on Thursday. October 12, 2023. 
Commenting on their win, Linda says :”The reason the Sport For Confidence team were successful as the winners of the category this year is because they had an AHP lead health improvement model. They focused at a systems level across health and social care but also incorporated local government and voluntary organisations in their intervention. They had a focus on equity of access and experience, plus their data on impact was to a very high standard including return on investment data. So, a massive congratulations to the team at Sport For Confidence.” 
For more information about the PEM model click here  
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