Health trainers and health champions
Health trainers, generally working at band 3, work in community settings providing a range of health and wellbeing advice. Health champions are voluntary community health workers often coordinated by local health improvement services such as health trainer teams.
Health champions are voluntary community health workers often coordinated by local health improvement services such as health trainer teams. The role is voluntary and recruits people that care about the health of their local community. The role involves supporting local residents by raising awareness, signposting to local health services or projects and providing individual extra support. They will have received training and support to undertake the role by local health provider services.
There are many examples of health champion services and roles and often lead on to further education and training and employment. They are often aligned to specific aspects of health such as mental health champions, healthy lifestyles and Macmillan cancer support services to name a few!
Health champions are increasingly being mobilised as part of a community “empowerment approach” to realise the ambition of “Making Health Everyone’s Business”
City & Guilds Health Trainer Qualification: www.cityandguilds.com
Health trainers are part of the wider team of staff working in public health. (Generally working at bands 3) that work in community settings providing a range of health and wellbeing advice.
The Health Trainer role focuses on engaging with communities who are marginalised and who experience the greatest inequalities in health. Health Trainers contribute to tackling health inequalities in health through promoting and supporting people to develop healthier behaviours and lifestyles.
Entry requirements are a City & Guilds health trainer certificate at level three.