CIPR Excellence Awards 2015 results

Award-winning health campaigns demonstrate value for money in public relations


Cancer Research UK, Kirklees Council, St John Ambulance and the Department of Health win campaign awards, and Alder Hey Children's NHS Trust, Popcorn PR, Man Bites Dog and Hotwire are acknowledged as 'outstanding teams'.

The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) has announced the results of the 2015 CIPR Excellence Awards to an audience of over 700 public relations professionals at Old Billingsgate, London.

The awards night brought together more than 110 leading public relations consultancies, freelancers and in-house teams competing for 29 hotly contested awards.

Amongst the 2015 CIPR Excellence Award winners are a number of high-profile public health campaigns and organisations. These include Alder Hey Children’s NHS Trust (Outstanding In-House Team), Cancer Research UK for ‘Campaign for plain, standard packaging of tobacco products’ (Public Affairs), St John Ambulance for 'The Chokeables' (Healthcare), Kirklees Council for ‘Domestic Abuse Awareness’ (Public Sector), and the Department of Health, NHS England, Public Health England and The Royal Free Hospital for ‘Ebola Health Communications’ (Issues & Crisis Management).

Judges of the ‘Issues & Crisis Management’ category highlighted that the Department of Health, NHS England, Public Health England and The Royal Free Hospital “demonstrated value for money, partnership and collaboration on a significant scale in dealing with a complex and very dynamic issue … significantly shifting public sentiment on Ebola in the UK.”

Sarah Pinch FCIPR, CIPR President 2015
Recent criticism of public sector and public facing communications is unwarranted and divisive, and we should be proud that the reputation of our sector is built by the high standards of professionalism, skill, creativity, integrity, and tenacity demonstrated by the campaigns and teams winning tonight’s awards.

Over the next 12 months we will shine a light on these exemplars of best practice, not only because they are at the cutting edge of truly integrated communications, but also because they collectively are taking professional PR practice to the next level, delivering value for money, for Chief Executives, Directors, the public, and across their organisations.
Sarah Pinch FCIPR, CIPR President 2015

Category-by-category winners of the 2015 CIPR Excellence Awards:

Case studies and judges’ comments for each of the award-winners are now available to view via the CIPR website.

Notes to editors

About the CIPR Excellence Awards
Public relations’ longest running and most rigorous awards scheme is now in its 31st year of rewarding best practice in public relations, acknowledging personal and team achievement at the highest professional level across the UK, Europe, and beyond.

The CIPR Excellence Awards night, at London’s Old Billingsgate on Wednesday 3 June 2015, saw approximately 700 guests gather to celebrate over 110 leading PR consultancies, teams and individuals, competing to win 29 prestigious CIPR Excellence Awards.

The headline sponsor for the CIPR Excellence Awards 2015 was Precise.

About the Chartered Institute of Public Relations
Founded in 1948, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) is the professional body for public relations practitioners in the UK. With over 10,000 members involved in all aspects of public relations, it is the largest body of its type in Europe.

The CIPR advances professionalism in public relations by making its members accountable to their employers and the public through a code of conduct and searchable public register, setting standards through training, qualifications and the production of best practice and skills guidance, facilitating Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and awarding Chartered Public Relations Practitioner status (Chart.PR).

The CIPR was granted its Royal Charter by the Privy Council in February 2005.