The Paolo Pertica Award was established in 2004 by the European Network of Drugs and Infections Prevention in Prisons (ENDIPP) to mark the 10-year anniversary of the network. The creation of ENDIPP stemmed largely from Paolo Pertica’s work with prisoners from a wide range of different nationalities incarcerated in London prisons. The award was created to acknowledge his contribution to the development of work with drug using prisoners in the UK and within European criminal justice systems.

In addition to ENDIPP, the International Harm Reduction Association previously acted as the custodian of the award and now this responsibility resides with KAC•Communications.

Aim of the Award

The aim of the award is to recognise innovation and outstanding contributions to public health interventions within the criminal justice context, in relation to drug and alcohol users, which can be shown to have a positive impact for both individual offenders and the community in general.

Eligibility for the Award

The award is open to individuals and organisations throughout the world engaged in work directly with offenders (including advocacy) policy development work, training, or research. The context for the activity might be related to community settings (including work with police, courts and probation services) or within prisons and other places of incarceration.

Specifically the award panel will consider:

  • The level of innovation in the work/training/research
  • the extent of the evidence base for the work/training/research
  • the public health impact of the work/training/research
  • the scope for knowledge transfer to other locations

2018 Award Submission Process

Nominations/Applications for the award can be made using the application form here by December 16, 2018. The award will be made by a panel of experts and the recipient will be notified by 30 January 2019. The recipient will also be invited to attend City Health 2019, in Liverpool, to receive the award from Paolo Pertica himself.

Previous Recipients of the Award


Elena Grigoryeva



Marina Goloviznina

Russian Federation


Saman Zamani



Tijana Pavicevic



Scottish Violence Reduction Unit



Dr Mohamad Shahbazi



National Ugly Mugs Project


Programme on Substance Abuse of the Agència de Salut Pública de Catalunya Spain  2015
Dave Marsden UK 2016
Dr Ingrid van Beek Australia 2017
Dumitru Laticevschi  Moldova 2018


Paolo Pertica

Paolo worked within a number of drug service providers, managing a wide range of services for drug users, most of who were in prison, or being dealt with within other parts of the criminal justice system. Amongst these organisations was the Prisoners Resource Service, where he was the Service Manager. The work of this pioneering service provided much of the model adopted by HM Prison Service to develop their CARAT services and was seen by colleagues in other countries involved in EDIPP as an effective approach. Paolo travelled extensively to provide consultancy and training for these colleagues and is still held in high esteem by many of them.

Moving away from service delivery and also away from London in 2001 relocating to Blackpool, Paolo has latterly worked in the commissioning and strategic development of a range of services, including in the fields of drugs and crime reduction. He is now a senior manager within the local authority and spends his free time fishing and supporting Blackpool Football Club.