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Wilf Howe Prize

This prize was established in 2005 in memory of Dr Wilf Howe, a Fellow of the Faculty and former Board member, who was an occupational physician working primarily in the oil industry. He was passionate about considering employees’ occupational health issues in the wider, holistic context.

The prize, a cheque for £500 and an engraved memento, is to recognise an outstanding innovation, initiative or intervention which has delivered a demonstrable health benefit for a defined working population.

The criteria against which applications are assessed are:

  • Successful implementation of an initiative or intervention
  • A clearly defined working population (but not necessarily limited to one employer)
  • Clear, demonstrable health benefits, eg:
  • reduction in stress levels
  • improved cardiovascular risk profile
  • improvements in success of rehabilitation back into work
  • reduced medical retirements

Applicants should be a member of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (all categories of membership are welcome to apply).

Applications must be made on the application form and must reach the Faculty office by the specified closing date. The successful applicant(s) will be announced at the next following Annual General Meeting (usually May each year) and will be invited to receive their prize at the meeting.

The previous recipients of the Wilf Howe Memorial Prize are:


Dr Will Ponsonby – Implementation of an Occupational Health Management System in the Majnoon Oil Field in the Republic of Iraq


Dr Michael Donoghue – Diphoterine for alkali chemical splashes to the skin at alumina refineries


Dr Marianne Dyer  – Occupational health programme for the construction workforce of the London 2012 Olympic Park and Athletes’ Village


Dr Jon Poole – A cross sectional study of the rates of ill health retirement in four public and two private employers

Dr Trevor Smith – The reduction the incidence of baker’s asthma and rhinitis in a large food group 

Professor David Koh – An innovative condom promotion intervention project for sex workers

Dr Jeremy Owen – Assessment and validation of acclimatisation to a hot-dry climate in British Armed Forces personnel 

Dr Jayne Moore – Identifying and addressing occupation-related skin problems in a chemical industrial site