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:
- 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.
Deadline for 2016 applications has now passed.
The previous recipients of the Wilf Howe Memorial Prize are:
Dr Michael Donoghue – Diphoterine for alkali chemical splashes to the skin at alumina refineries
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