Honouring the work of Brian Abel-Smith, an influential pioneer in the field of social welfare, LSE’s Department of Health Policy is proud to host the Brian Abel-Smith Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognises individuals who during their lifetime have made a significant intellectual contribution to the field of health policy and social welfare and achieved notable policy impact, benefitting population health. In line with Abel-Smith’s own approach and achievements, award criteria place equal weight on research excellence and policy impact.
Launched in 2019 and awarded every two years, nominations are reviewed by a Selection Committee of leading academics, policymakers and practitioners in the field. Prize winners receive £10,000 pounds and deliver an award lecture at the LSE.
Nominees can be from varied backgrounds, including academics, practitioners, and policy makers, but must have a minimum of 25 years of professional experience. They can be still working or retired. They must be able to demonstrate:
- A significant body of intellectual work in the field of welfare policy, health policy, health economics or health services research
- Tangible impact on policy or health care delivery
Current LSE salaried staff cannot be nominated for an award, but can make nominations.
Award nominations will be retained on file for three award cycles (6 years).
Nominations are reviewed by a distinguished panel of leading academics, policymakers and practitioners in the field of health and social welfare including:
Professor Dame Sally Davies
Master, Trinity College Cambridge and UK Special Envoy on Antimicrobial Resistance and former Chief Medical Officer for England
Professor Simon Hix
Harold Laski Professor of Political Science, Department of Government, LSE (Selection Committee Chair)
Rt Hon Professor Lord Kakkar
Professor of Surgery at University College London, Consultant Surgeon at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Chair of UCLPartners and The King’s Fund
Dame Una O’Brien
Trustee, Macmillan Cancer Support and former Permanent Secretary at the Department of Health
Making a nomination
To make a nomination please download and complete an award nomination form and submit it, along with a letter detailing the rationale behind your nomination and a CV for the nominated candidate, to email@example.com.
Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the deadline for nominations has been extended to 28 May 2021.
For further details or queries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Make a donation
The Brian Abel-Smith Memorial Fund programme is a charitable objective of the LSE, which is itself an educational charity. This status enables UK donors to increase the value of their gifts by making a covenant to the Fund, or by giving a single sum under Gift Aid. In the USA donations may be made through the Second Centennial Fund, Inc (a Section 501 (c)(3) organisation), with a recommendation as to their application. To make a donation to the Brian Abel-Smith Memorial Fund please click here. Or if you would like to request further information contact LSE Philantrophy and Global Engagement (PAGE): Email:
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Brian Abel-Smith Memorial Fund
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