The College runs an annual award programme for projects that exemplify the College’s key principles: Service, Science and Healing. This year the College invited applications from healthy ageing projects at the forefront of delivering patient-centred work makes use of an integrated approach, embraces patient-participation, and aims at evidence-based care; We wanted to know above all how what they are doing adds to the wellbeing of the local community.
This year's winner, Fit as a Fiddle comprises two national projects and 24 regional projects. An incredible 300,000 older people and 4,500 volunteers have benefitted from the project which was created after older people were consulted at the outset and through all stages of the programme design. Interim results from an independent evaluation of the project demonstrate an improvement in healthy eating habits as well as the physical and mental wellbeing of participants.