A number of services around the country are developing volunteer Health Trainer Champions roles. Health Trainer Champions work with Health Trainers by providing clients with information and signposting them to the NHS and other community services that will help them to live healthier lifestyles and access the support they need.
Health Trainer Champions (HTCs) enable the Health Trainer Service to ‘extend its reach’ into communities, they too are drawn from their local communities and are knowledgeable about the communities within which they work. They facilitate uptake of Health Trainer Services and other interventions as appropriate, this is often referred to as ‘signposting and improving access to services’, achieved by peer support and information giving. Across many areas of the country Health Trainer Champions are recruited as volunteers.
In general HTCs have undertaken the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) Level 2 Understanding Health Improvement Award and are part of a Health Trainer Service. It is recognised that a number of people within these roles may have a different title and enhanced duties.